IRS, SEC added to list of creditors in Genesis bankruptcy filing

Quick Take

  • Many names were redacted from the list of creditors affected by the recent Genesis bankruptcy. 
  • A law firm, nonprofit and government agencies were listed as creditors. 
  • Genesis Global Holdco filed for bankruptcy last week. 

The Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York were among some of the creditors listed in a court document filed Monday.  

Genesis Global Holdco filed for bankruptcy protection last week in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. When it filed for bankruptcy, the firm said it had more than $150 million in cash on hand to provide “ample liquidity” to support its business operations and facilitate the restructuring process.  

Many of the creditors’ names were redacted. Others include law firm Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP and the Stellar Development Foundation, a nonprofit.  

The firm took a financial hit following the collapses of the crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital and the FTX exchange last year. The firm halted withdrawals and new loan originations from its lending affiliate on Nov. 16. Before that, Genesis Global Trading said its derivatives business had $175 million stuck in FTX following the failure of the crypto exchange. 

On Jan. 12, the SEC charged both Genesis Global Capital LLC and Gemini Trust Company LLC with the unregistered offering and sale of securities through the Gemini Earn lending program. The agency said that program was offered to retail investors, some of whom were in the U.S. 


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The U.S. regulator said Genesis, which is part of Digital Currency Group, entered into an agreement in December 2020 with Cameron Winklevoss-led Gemini to offer Gemini customers an opportunity to lend their crypto to Genesis in exchange for Genesis’ promise to pay interest. The program has been the subject of a public fight between the two erstwhile corporate partners. 



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