In the escalating feud over the financial debacle at Genesis Global Trading, a subsidiary of the Digital Currency Group (DCG), Cameron Winklevoss, on behalf of 232,000 affected users, has once again publicly confronted Barry Silbert, owner of DCG, over the current debt crisis.
Genesis Debt Crisis Explained
Genesis Global Trading, a cryptocurrency lender, has been embroiled in a controversy since it stopped allowing withdrawals 229 days ago, leaving over $1.2 billion of user assets in limbo. This alarming halt followed the collapse of a critical stakeholder, Three Arrows Capital Ltd (3AC), whose downfall purportedly triggered a loss of $1.2 billion for Genesis in May 2022.
Winklevoss Goes Public
Winklevoss, co-founder of the cryptocurrency exchange, Gemini, penned an open letter to Silbert, accusing him of fraudulent behavior and a culture of deceit. He specifically points to Silbert’s alleged inaction in addressing the insolvency of Genesis and the subsequent fallout, claiming DCG engaged in fraudulent transactions and accounting fraud to maintain the illusion of solvency and buy time. He further charges that Silbert and DCG have no intention of finding a resolution or taking responsibility for the debt crisis.
Winklevoss’s letter paints a damning picture of Silbert’s actions since the closure of Genesis, asserting that he and DCG have focused their efforts on securing time to raise money while neglecting their financial obligations. He claims that DCG failed to absorb the $1.2 billion in losses from the 3AC collapse as initially stated. Instead, Winklevoss alleges, DCG entered into a false promissory note, essentially kicking the can down the road.
Winklevoss also criticizes Silbert’s response to the crisis, accusing him of abusing the mediation process to delay payment further. He claims that this has resulted in damage to creditors and Earn users and increased professional fees, which currently total over $100 million.
A Final Warning For Silbert
In a dramatic conclusion to the letter, Winklevoss issued a final offer to Silbert, giving him until 4 pm ET on July 6th to accept it or face a series of legal actions. These actions include a lawsuit against DCG and Silbert personally, a turnover motion demanding immediate payment of the $630 million owed to creditors and Earn users, and a non-consensual plan to provide primary distributions to creditors and Earn users.
The proposal laid out by Winklevoss includes a forbearance payment of $275 million, along with two tranches of debt repayments over 2 and 5 years, respectively. If this offer is not accepted, Winklevoss asserts, he will work with the Genesis Special Committee to close the mediation process and advance the bankruptcy process.
This financial saga underscores the volatility and potential pitfalls of the rapidly evolving cryptocurrency industry. As Winklevoss’s letter suggests, this is not only a matter of financial solvency but also of trust and reputation within the crypto space. It remains to be seen how Silbert and DCG will respond and what implications this will have for the industry.
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