The news of Bittrex’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing has sent shockwaves through the cryptocurrency community. As one of the most popular trading platforms, many are left wondering how this will impact the industry as a whole. Bittrex has provided more details on why it made the decision.
The company took to Twitter to offer context regarding the move, which follows its announcement last month to cease all operations in the United States. At that time, Bittrex US requested that customers withdraw their funds, a process that concluded on April 30th. However, some customers failed to withdraw their funds by the deadline, leaving their assets securely stored on the platform.
By initiating Chapter 11 proceedings, Bittrex US can transfer the remaining funds to the court, which will then take on the responsibility of returning them to customers. This move enables the company to finalize its US wind-down from a legal standpoint.
Addressing Malta and Global Operations
In addition to providing an update on the US situation, Bittrex also touched on its Malta operations. Bittrex Malta was the company’s first attempt at overseas expansion in 2018. In 2019, however, the decision was made to halt operations in Malta and create a separate entity called Bittrex Global. By including Bittrex Malta in the Chapter 11 filing, the company can also initiate the wind-down process for this dormant entity.
It is crucial to note that none of these developments impact Bittrex Global, which is regulated in Liechtenstein and Bermuda. Bittrex Global customer funds remain secure and can be withdrawn at any time, with the court playing no role in relation to any Bittrex Global entity.
Clearly, Bittrex’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing serves as a necessary step for the company to wrap up loose ends as it completes its previously announced wind-down of operations in the United States and Malta.
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Qadir Ak is the founder of Coinpedia. He has over a decade of experience writing about technology and has been covering the blockchain and cryptocurrency space since 2010. He has also interviewed a few prominent experts within the cryptocurrency space.