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June 09, 2023

US Government Opposes Bittrex US’s Motion to Release Customer Crypto Assets

In Brief

The US government believes Bittrex’s proposed withdrawal to be premature and to unfairly prioritize creditors over their customers.

A hearing has been set for June  14 to discuss the proposal.

In the ongoing bankruptcy case of cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex US, the US government has opposed the platform’s motion to authorize customer withdrawals of their crypto assets. The government has challenged a request by the now-bankrupt Bittrex US to approve the release of customer funds. This motion was issued in response to Bittrex US’s intention to enable customer withdrawals of cryptocurrency assets, but has faced opposition from the government, which has scheduled a hearing for June 14.

US Government Opposes Bittrex US's Motion to Release Customer Crypto Assets

The government has argued that Bittrex US’s proposition is premature and they are attempting to unethically prioritize creditors. This stance has been influenced by Bittrex US’s current debt of $5 million to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

Bittrex US’s initial motion proposed categorizing creditors based on their significance for repayment. However, the government disputes the need for such categorization, arguing that issues related to the ownership of cryptocurrency assets should be resolved before the plan is confirmed.

Government’s Stance on Plan Confirmation

The government maintains that dividing creditors into subordinate classes outside of the confirmation hearing is not proper. Therefore, it insists on addressing the matters in question only after establishing and confirming a plan.

The government’s legal team further elaborated, “Whether the customers possess in rem interests or claims against the Debtors is not a matter that needs resolution now. At present, we could allow customers to withdraw their cryptocurrency assets. However, if we do not fully compensate all creditors at confirmation, we should subject these customers to potential avoidance actions”.

Bittrex US declared bankruptcy following charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for operating an unregistered securities exchange. The ongoing developments highlight the complexity of bankruptcy cases involving cryptocurrencies and could potentially establish precedents for similar instances in the future.

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Nik is an accomplished analyst and writer at Metaverse Post, specializing in delivering cutting-edge insights into the fast-paced world of technology, with a particular emphasis on AI/ML, XR, VR, on-chain analytics, and blockchain development. His articles engage and inform a diverse audience, helping them stay ahead of the technological curve. Possessing a Master's degree in Economics and Management, Nik has a solid grasp of the nuances of the business world and its intersection with emergent technologies.

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