Galaxy Digital to acquire custodian GK8 from bankrupt Celsius

Quick Take

  • Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital agreed to buy GK8 from Celsius.
  • GK8 was originally acquired by Celsius for $115 million in late 2021. 

Galaxy Digital agreed to purchase high-security custodian GK8 from bankrupt crypto lender Celsius. 

Galaxy will support GK8's self-custody solution in the ongoing development of GalaxyOne, a new prime offering for institutional investors combining trading, lending, cross-portfolio margining and derivatives with the company's risk-management processes.

Mike Novogratz's firm said the acquisition represents a "crucial cornerstone" in the firm's effort to build a full-service financial platform for digital assets. 

"Adding GK8 to our prime offering at this pivotal moment for our industry also highlights our continued willingness to take advantage of strategic opportunities to grow Galaxy in a sustainable manner," he said. 

Celsius filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July following the collapse of Terra's ecosystem. The lender froze customer withdrawals in June as it faced mounting liquidity issues. At the time, FTX had considered a deal with Celsius but walked away after seeing the firm’s finances

In September, Celsius CEO Alex Mashinksy resigned, and last month FTX filed for bankruptcy protection, after which Celsius said it held around 3.5 million mostly locked Serum tokens on FTX along with $13 million in loans to Alameda Research it said were under-collateralized.

Celsius acquired GK8 late last year. GK8's founders lead Galaxy's new custodial technologies business. Galaxy's headcount will grow by around 40 people, including cryptographers and blockchain engineers. 

 


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