Monday, April 22, 2024

Do Kwon’s Terraform Labs files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection


Do Kwon’s Terraform Labs, the corporate behind the now-defunct stablecoin TerraUSD (UST), has filed for chapter safety in the USA. 

The agency filed for Chapter 11 chapter safety at the USA Chapter Court docket for the District of Delaware, citing between $100 and $500 million in estimated liabilities and belongings, in line with a Jan. 21 filing.

Do Kwon’s Terraform Labs filed for chapter protections on Jan. 21. Supply: CourtListener

“The Terra group and ecosystem have proven unprecedented resilience within the face of adversity, and this motion is important to permit us to proceed working towards our collective objectives whereas resolving the authorized challenges that stay excellent,” stated Chris Amani, CEO of Terraform Labs in a separate assertion. 

“We’ve overcome important challenges earlier than and, towards lengthy odds, the ecosystem survived and even grew in new methods post-depeg; we look ahead to the profitable decision of the excellent authorized proceedings.”

In keeping with the courtroom submitting, the defunct agency has between $100 and $500 million in estimated liabilities and the identical quantity in estimated belongings. 

The chapter submitting comes just four days after the U.S. SEC agreed to postpone Do Kwon’s upcoming fraud trial to March 25, after receiving a request to delay the proceedings from Kown’s authorized crew. 

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Kwon’s Terra Cash ecosystem collapsed in Could 2022. Shortly after the agency imploded, the whereabouts of its co-founder Do Kwon remained unknown till he was arrested in Montenegro in March 2023 after trying to make use of falsified journey documentation to depart the nation. 

The SEC first filed civil charges against Terraform Labs and Kwon in February 2023. Each events have been alleged to have orchestrated a “multi-billion greenback crypto asset securities fraud” associated to the tokens previously generally known as UST and Terra (LUNA).

Each the U.S. and South Korea are seeking Kwon’s extradition. There was rising hypothesis that Kwon might be subjected to multiple sentences in both countries.

If Kwon is extradited to South Korea, he might face a 40-year jail sentence in the country, the place he’s alleged to have dedicated the vast majority of his crimes.

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