🥛 Genesis can’t dance

  • January 21, 2023
  • 4 Min Read

GM. This is Milk Road. We’re not like a regular crypto newsletter; we’re a *cool* crypto newsletter.

Here’s what we’ve got for you today:

  • Genesis owes top 50 creditors $3.6B
  • Gandalf is in trouble
  • Robinhood’s new Metamask rival
  • Brett Harrison wants to hire his old FTX US buddies

GENESIS VS. GEMINI

Genesis has officially filed for bankruptcy after months of a whole lotta chaos. And the Winklevoss twins are not happy.

Genesis went from being one of the biggest crypto lenders to losing big when hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) went under. It then lost even more moolah in a liquidity crunch when FTX imploded, was forced to pause withdrawals in November, and now it’s filed for Chapter 11

It’s one of the biggest dominoes to come crashing down after FTX.

Genesis says it has $150M in cash on hand but it owes waaaaaaaaay more than that:

  • $3.6 BILLION is due to its top 50 creditors.
  • One of those claims amounts to ~$500M, another to $230M
  • Most of the claims come from individual creditors, per The Block
  • Others are from Gemini (the crypto exchange owned by the Winklevoss twins) which is owed $766M
  • Genesis also owes $150M to Babel Finance, the lender that took a market beating last June

Understandably, the Winklevii are M*A*D*.

And they haven’t been shy about throwing shade at Genesis, its parent company Digital Currency Group (DCG,) and its CEO, Barry Silbert. 

(As a refresher: Gemini used Genesis as its lending partner for its now-dead Earn program, which let users earn yield on the crypto they put on the platform.)

Now, Cameron Winklevoss said they’re going to sue Silbert and DCG “imminently” if they don’t offer a plan on how to repay that gigantor loan.

He said Genesis filing for bankruptcy “does not insulate Barry, DCG, and any other wrongdoers from accountability.”

Shots FIRED.

Genesis and Gemini might have beef, but they’re in the same boat for one thing at least:

They’ve both been sued by the SEC over selling unregistered securities.

Wonder if this’ll ever be an “enemy of my enemy is my friend” sorta dealio.

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OKAY WE'LL BITE. WHAT'S BITZLATO

Alright, don’t hate the Milk Man.

We know the only reason we’re all talking about Bizlato (no, that’s not a pastry cousin to baklava) is because the DOJ shut it down…

…instead of snaky players that we’ve actually heard of before like, idk, Celsius…

…after ominously and cryptically tweeting that it had a major enforcement action coming just hours before.

But still, might be good to know…what the heckin’ heck is Bitzlato?

  • It’s a Hong Kong-registered crypto exchange run by a Russian national (he lived in China) named Anatoly Legkodymov, who apparently calls himself…Gandalf
  • It held just $6M in funds at its peak
  • The DOJ’s indictment alleges the exchange allowed illicit ransomware, drug trafficking, and other cybercriminal folks to launder money
  • $700M in funds flowed into or from the dark web marketplace Hydra 
  • Officials arrested Gandalf in Miami Tuesday; he allegedly was aware that unsavory characters were using his exchange for illegal means
  • He faces up to five years in prison
  • Prosecutors also said Bitzlato accepted US users despite claiming it doesn’t

And get this: the DOJ misspelled Bitzlato when it initially posted the complaint (“bitzloto.”)

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Needless to say, the crypto community wasn’t super impressed with the DOJ’s actions on this one.

(Remember when good ole’ Gary went after Kim K. and got some welcome media attention?)

What else ya got, Uncle Sam?

ROBINHOOD'S NEW METAMASK COMPETITOR

Robinhood, the nemesis of every YOLOer on /r/wallstreetbets, is launching a Polygon-based software wallet for users to store their NFTs, swap crypto tokens, and connect to DeFi apps.

It’ll be a rival to Ethereum-focused Metamask and Coinbase Wallet (both apps that let users do the same thing.)

And guess what: it won’t have any gas fees. NOICE!

The wallet will slowly roll out to 1M waitlisted Robinhood users in the next few weeks and months.

And like everything in this good world, iPhone users get access to it first.

You’ll have to wait your turn, green bubblers.

MILK AND COOKIES

Take Two. Ex-FTX US president Brett Harrison, who stepped down in September, has raised $5M from investors like Coinbase, Circle, and Anthony Scaramucci for his new crypto firm, Architect. He told Bloomberg he hopes to hire his former FTX US colleagues and launch in Q2.

 Pay up. Crypto lending firm Nexo was fined $45M by the SEC for not registering its yield earning product as a security.

Wowsers, Moonstone.The FTX-linked bank with “Inspector Gadget’s” co-creator on its board is leaving the crypto space, reverting back to a community bank, and dropping the Moonstone name for Farmington State Bank. Wonder if John Ray and his team will keep investigating the company…

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That's a wrap for today. Stay thirsty & see ya tomorrow! If you want more, be sure to follow our Twitter (@MilkRoadDaily)

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DISCLAIMER: None of this is financial advice. This newsletter is strictly educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any assets or to make any financial decisions. Please be careful and do your own research.

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