Genesis aims to move 'quickly and efficiently' to exit bankruptcy, interim CEO says

Quick Take

  • Genesis told clients it plans to move through the bankruptcy process “as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
  • Interim CEO Derar Islim noted the impact the failure of 3AC and then FTX had on the firm’s lending business.

Genesis has a roadmap to exit bankruptcy and hopes to do so as "quickly and efficiently as possible," interim CEO Derar Islim told clients this morning in a letter obtained by The Block. 

"Our goal is to move through the Chapter 11 process as quickly and efficiently as possible while reaching the best outcome and emerging well-positioned for the future," Islim wrote in the letter hours after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. 

The firm owes its top creditors $3.6 billion, according to its bankruptcy filing. 

Redemptions and new loan originations at the lending business remain suspended, and all client claims will now be addressed through the Chapter 11 process, according to the letter. Islim noted the firm "intends to establish a customary claims process for clients." The Chapter 11 process means there's an automatic stay that prevents Genesis from paying out on any claims to its lending customers.

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The firm took a financial hit following the collapses of the crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital and the FTX exchange last year — which Islim highlighted in his letter.

The firm halted withdrawals and new loan originations from its lending affiliate on Nov. 16. Genesis told clients on Jan. 4 that it was continuing to work toward finding a solution for the troubled borrowing and lending unit and that it needed more time to do so.


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