Bankrupt crypto lender Genesis seeks approval to sell $1.6B of trust assets - New Style Motorsport

Debtors of the bankrupt crypto lending firm stressed the need for fast approval to sell the shares before any potential price fluctuations.

Bankrupt crypto lending firm Genesis has requested a United States Bankruptcy Court for permission to liquidate shares in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC),

Grayscale Ethereum Trust (ETHE), and Grayscale Ethereum Classic Trust (ETCG), totaling approximately $1.6 billion.

In a recent court filing, Genesis emphasized the urgency of obtaining approval to sell the trust assets ahead of any potential fluctuations in the prices of the underlying assets—Bitcoin
BTC

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$42,924

Ethereum
ETH

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$2,301

, and Ethereum Classic
ETC

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$25.43

. Genesis stated that the aim is to maximize the funds available for distribution to creditors.

“The Debtors believe it would be beneficial to have the authority to sell and liquidate the

Trust Assets to reduce any risk that fluctuations in price might have on the Debtors’ estates and to facilitate distributions to creditors.”
The GBTC shares make up approximately 87% of Genesis’ total portfolio across the three trusts, with a value of $1.38 billion.

Meanwhile, the ETHE Trust equates to roughly 10% of the total holdings, amounting to approximately $169 million, and the ETHCG trust comprises about 3%, totaling $38 million.

According to the filing, as of September 2023, the GBTC Trust held about 3.2% of all circulating Bitcoin.

In December 2022, the ETHE Trust had approximately 2.5% of all circulating Ethereum, and the ETCG Trust held roughly 8.5% of all circulating Ethereum Classic.

Genesis highlighted that, following approval from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 10, the recent conversion of GBTC to a

spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) now allows for the redemption of shares in cash, through its redemption program.

However, it noted that the ETH Trusts do not have a redemption program, and therefore need written consent from the sponsor to sell or dispose of the shares. Genesis requested that the written approval be waived.

Cointelegraph recently reported that since the GBTC conversion, there has been a significant exodus of investors selling their GBTC shares.

On Jan. 22, bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX sold 22 million GBTC shares, valued at nearly $1 billion, completely liquidating its entire holdings.

However, Genesis declared that it intends to maximize the sale proceeds from the crypto assets.

“Both the Debtors and Gemini shall, on a good faith basis, use reasonable best efforts to maximize the market price of any Trust Assets or

Initial GBTC Shares and the proceeds received from any sale thereof or any redemption thereof,” the filing stated.

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