US Court Approves Sealed Settlement in BlockFi vs. 3AC Dispute

Rebeca Moen  Feb 08, 2024 09:58  UTC 01:58

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A US judge has recently approved a settlement between the cryptocurrency lending platform BlockFi and the bankrupt hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC), aiming to resolve their disputes without further legal confrontations. The agreement, sanctioned during a hearing on February 6th by Judge Michael Kaplan at the New Jersey Bankruptcy Court, remains under wraps as the details of the settlement have been ordered to stay sealed. This decision was made despite BlockFi's motion to seal certain information, arguing that the disclosure could potentially affect ongoing litigation with the bankrupt crypto exchange FTX. The sealed nature of the settlement is intended to protect commercially sensitive information and to honor the foreign bankruptcy proceedings involving 3AC.

The core of the dispute lay in the financial claims each company made against the other; BlockFi alleged that 3AC owed it $129 million, while 3AC countered with a claim that BlockFi owed it $280 million. Judge Kaplan's decision to keep the settlement details confidential was defended as being in the best interest of all parties involved, including the creditors of BlockFi. By sealing the settlement, the court aims to shield the strategic considerations of the settlement and maintain the integrity of 3AC's foreign bankruptcy proceedings.

The approval of this settlement is a significant step for BlockFi as it allows the company to proceed with the distribution of assets from its lending estate to its creditors. This is a crucial phase in BlockFi's ongoing bankruptcy proceedings, which saw the company file for bankruptcy in late November 2022 following the downfall of FTX. BlockFi's financial obligations at the time of its bankruptcy filing were substantial, with estimates suggesting the company owed up to $10 billion to over 100,000 creditors, including significant amounts to its three largest creditors and to 3AC.

The collapse of Three Arrows Capital in June 2022 and subsequent legal and financial repercussions highlight the volatile nature of the cryptocurrency market and the complex web of interdependencies among its players. This settlement, although sealed, marks a pivotal resolution in one of the many legal battles stemming from the cascading failures of prominent entities within the cryptocurrency space.

This situation underscores the broader challenges and risks facing the cryptocurrency industry, including regulatory scrutiny, market volatility, and the intricate legal battles that can arise from financial disputes. As the industry continues to mature, the outcomes of such legal proceedings will likely shape the regulatory and operational landscape for crypto businesses moving forward​​​​​​.

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