DOJ Appeals Against Approval of Voyager-Binance.US Asset Sale
The ongoing legal battle between Voyager Digital and U.S. regulators has taken another turn. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed an appeal against the latest decision in the case, which pertains to the sale of assets between Voyager Digital and Binance.US.
On March 8, the U.S. Trustee for Region 2 made the appeal to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against the approval of Voyager Digital’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan. The plan was confirmed only a day prior by U.S. bankruptcy judge Michael Wiles, despite objections from the SEC and other regulators.
The Chapter 11 plan would have allowed Voyager Digital to sell billions of dollars in assets to Binance.US in an effort to regain liquidity to pay back customers. In court filings, Voyager claimed that this deal would allow the company to recover an estimated 73% of customer funds.
However, the SEC and other regulators have been outspokenly against this deal, citing concerns over securities law. In a court filing from Feb. 24, the Texas State Securities Board and the Department of Banking objected to the deal with Binance.US.
Despite these objections, Judge Wiles approved the Chapter 11 plan, stating that he could not put the case into an “indeterminate deep freeze while regulators figure out whether they believe there are problems with the transaction and plan.“ He also noted that 97% of Voyager customers favored the Binance.US deal, according to a poll released in a court filing on Feb. 28.
If U.S. regulators successfully block this deal, Voyager may have to liquidate. The initial bankruptcy was filed on July 5, 2022, as the brokers attempted to restructure and “return value” to more than 100,000 customers.
This legal battle highlights the challenges that cryptocurrency companies face in navigating the regulatory landscape. While the industry is still largely unregulated, U.S. authorities have begun to take a more aggressive stance in recent years. As a result, many companies are struggling to comply with existing regulations and stay on the right side of the law.
For Voyager Digital, the outcome of this legal battle will have significant implications. If the Chapter 11 plan is ultimately approved, the company will be able to sell assets to Binance.US and recover a significant portion of customer funds. However, if regulators block the deal, the company may be forced to liquidate, leaving customers without recourse.
In the meantime, the case serves as a reminder of the importance of regulatory compliance in the cryptocurrency industry. As authorities continue to crack down on illicit activities and push for greater transparency, companies that fail to comply may face severe consequences.