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QuadrigaCX Bankruptcy Trustee Announces Interim Distribution of Funds
QuadrigaCX's bankruptcy trustee, Ernst & Young, has announced an interim distribution of funds to the exchange's creditors. The announcement was made in consultation with estate inspectors, and a Notice to Affected Users will be posted soon with further details. However, some affected users may receive a Notice of Disallowance of Claim, with the right to appeal.
QuadrigaCX Users to Receive Interim Distribution
Users of defunct cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX will receive interim distribution of funds tied to bankruptcy proceedings in the coming weeks. A small number of affected users may receive a Notice of Disallowance of Claim, with the right to appeal. QuadrigaCX owes affected clients an estimated $160 million and trustee Ernst & Young has recovered $34.3 million worth of assets.
Mastercard Launches Web3 Crypto Solution
Mastercard has launched a Web3 solution called the "Mastercard Crypto Credential" aimed at improving user verification standards in the digital asset space. The solution offers users a unique identifier, helping them to verify that an address has been vetted by Mastercard and operating in compliance with the firm's standards. Partnerships with crypto wallet providers and blockchains were also announced.
Genesis Capital's Settlement Disrupted by Creditors
Digital currency company Genesis Capital's settlement process has been disrupted by creditors, raising concerns about the timing of the process. Genesis' parent company, Digital Currency Group (DCG), has filed a motion for mediation, citing renewed demands from creditors.
BlockFi Granted Extension to Submit Bankruptcy Exit Plan
BlockFi, a cryptocurrency lender, has been granted a 48-day extension until May 15 to submit a bankruptcy exit plan. The company is exploring a potential sale of assets or an outside backer to support a restructuring deal. A committee of BlockFi customers argued to take control of the case, citing the lack of a workable business for reorganization and the potential sale of the platform. However, the bankruptcy judge granted a shorter extension than requested by BlockFi.
Mt. Gox Updates Creditors on Repayment Progress
Mt. Gox cryptocurrency exchange has provided an update on its repayment progress for creditors. The company's rehabilitation trustee, Nobuaki Kobayashi, announced that the deadline for creditors to provide their repayment information has passed, and that repayments will be carried out until October 31, 2023, with the possibility of an extension. The repayment process is expected to take some time due to necessary preparations.
SEB and Credit Agricole launch digital bond platform on blockchain
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) and Credit Agricole have launched a blockchain-based platform called "so|bond," which allows institutional clients to issue, trade and settle bonds digitally. The platform uses a validation protocol called "Proof of Climate awaReness," which minimizes its environmental footprint while incentivizing nodes to improve their environmental impact.
US authorities consider expanding credit line for banks
US authorities are considering expanding an emergency credit line for banks to provide First Republic Bank with a time buffer to address balance sheet concerns, according to Bloomberg sources. The bank is deemed stable enough to operate without immediate intervention.
Swiss regulators consider UBS takeover of Credit Suisse to prevent collapse
Swiss regulators are reportedly considering emergency measures to accelerate the acquisition of Credit Suisse by UBS, Switzerland's largest bank. The Swiss National Bank and the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority believe that the acquisition is the only way to prevent a collapse in confidence in Credit Suisse following a series of financial scandals.
Mt. Gox Creditors Given Extra Month to Register Claims, Distribution Deadline Delayed
The registration deadline for Mt. Gox creditors has been pushed back by another month, allowing creditors to file claims until April 6. The distribution of assets to creditors will now start from Oct. 31 instead of Sept. 30. Mt. Gox creditors have been waiting for years to get compensated for losses incurred because of the exchange hack in 2014. The extension in the deadline means that creditors will have another month to decide whether to take a lower amount now or wait another nine years to get the full amount.

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