Llama and Gauntlet submit proposal to cover $1.6 million in bad debt on Aave

Quick Take

  • Llama and Gauntlet’s proposal says the debt is small enough to be covered by the insolvency fund and the Aave treasury.
  • Aave racked up bad debt totaling $1.6 million due to a liquidated $57 million short bet on the Curve DAO token.

DeFi management platform Llama and DeFi risk management outfit Gauntlet have submitted a governance proposal on Aave to cover the DeFi lender’s $1.6 million bad debt brought on by Tuesday’s short attempt linked to Mango Markets exploiter Avraham Eisenberg.

The proposal calls for the use of Gauntlet’s insolvency fund and the Aave treasury to cover the bad debt. Gauntlet’s insolvency fund holds 4,923 staked Aave tokens, which is currently worth $283,000. The DeFi lender's treasury itself is worth $165 million, based on the last financial report by Llama, and can be used to cover the excess debt, the proposal added.

Aave racked up bad debt due to a publicized short on Curve DAO (CRV) tokens. One trader borrowed 92 million CRV worth $57 million on the DeFi lending platform and proceeded to sell them continuously, causing an initial decline in the CRV price as the token dipped to a two-year low of $0.40. The short seller, however, suffered a squeeze as the CRV token price rallied above $0.60.

This squeeze eventually liquidated the short seller’s debt position on Aave, and the liquidations left the DeFi protocol with debt amounting to $1.6 million.


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The proposal stated that the debt coverage process could help to optimize the Aave DAO treasury. Aave’s treasury holds “a large number of low-value long tail assets,” the proposal stated. Gauntlet and Llama said the assets may be used to recapitalize Aave’s system and make the CRV market whole in the process.

The Aave DAO community will discuss the proposal in the coming days. Gauntlet and Llama will provide details on how the debt coverage process will unfold if the DAO favors the proposal.

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Osato is a news reporter at The Block as part of the crypto ecosystems team that focuses on DAO governance, staking, blockchain layers, and DeFi. He was previously a news reporter at Cointelegraph. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, he enjoys crosswords, poker, and attempting to beat his Scrabble high score. Follow him on Twitter at @OsatoNomayo.


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