Genesis, which is part of Barry Silbert’s Digital Currency Group, served a web of top crypto companies, with court filings revealing the billions of dollars it owes to creditors, potentially sending further shockwaves through the embattled sector.
In a press release On Thursday, Derar Islim, Genesis’s interim CEO, said that the company has been working to fix liquidity issues caused by its exposure to the collapse of hedge fund Three Arrows Capital and FTX.
“Restructuring presents the most effective avenue through which to preserve assets and create the best possible outcome for all Genesis stakeholders,” Islam said.
Gemini, the crypto company run by the Winklevoss twins, was Genesis’s highest-profile client, thanks to an escalating feud that unfolded on Twitter in January. According to bankruptcy filingsGenesis owes Gemini—and by extension retail customers who used Gemini’s Earn product—over $750 million, making it the firm’s top creditor.
Gemini is only the tip of the iceberg for Genesis, which owes its top creditors $3.4 billion in total. ftx, in contrast, owes its 50 biggest unsecured creditors $3.1 billion.
Other names on the Gemini creditor list include a who’s who of crypto companies and trading firms. The second-largest named creditor is Mirana, the venture arm of the crypto exchange ByBit. In a tweet On Friday morning, ByBit CEO Ben Zhou said that Mirana only manages some of ByBit’s assets and that exposure would not affect client funds, including for the exchange’s “earn” product.
ByBit customers were not satisfied with the explanation, demanding more answers on how ByBit’s earning product is managed and where the yield comes from. The yield from Gemini’s earning product, after all, was generated by sending customer funds to Genesis, which in turn loaned the money to institutional investors.
Another top creditor is Heliva International Corp, which lists the CFO for the metaverse platform Decentraland as its point of contact. When contacted by CoinDesk, Decentraland denied that the funds on Genesis were an official investment from Decentraland.
Also on the list is the Stellar Development Foundation, a non-profit for the Stellar blockchain, which focuses on financial inclusion applications such as remittance payments. Stiller did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Genesis is just one subsidiary of the Digital Currency Group empire, which includes the digital assets manager Grayscale, as well as CoinDesk. While the fate of its other companies is unknown, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that CoinDesk is exploring a possible sale.
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