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Genesis and DCG seek path for the recovery of assets amid liquidity issues



The co-founder of Gemini, Cameron Winklevoss, shared in an update on Twitter that global investment bank Houlihan Lokey had devised a plan on behalf of the creditor committee to resolve the liquidity issues at Genesis and its parent company Digital Currency Group (DCG). According to Winklevoss, resolving the liquidity issues would provide a path for Gemini clients to recover assets owed to them by Genesis and DCG following the FTX collapse. 

According to the brief “Earn Update” shared by the Gemini co-founder, the plan presented by Houlihan Lokey on behalf of the creditor committee “is based on information received from Genesis, DCG, and their respective advisors to date.” Winklevoss added that “The Creditor Committee expects an initial response this week.”

In 2021, Winklevoss’ Gemini crypto exchange launched the “Earn” offering, an interest-earning program for customers in the United States through a partnership with Genesis. It offered investors the opportunity to earn 8% in interest by lending out their crypto, which included Bitcoin (BTC) and stablecoins pegged to fiat currencies.

The crypto exchange paused the program on Nov. 16 after suffering exposure in the FTX collapse. The same day, its partner Genesis temporarily suspended withdrawals, citing “unprecedented market turmoil,” days after disclosing around $175 million worth of funds stuck in an FTX trading account. 

Related: Tether says it has no exposure to Genesis Global or Gemini Earn

On Dec. 3, Cointelegraph reported that crypto lender Genesis and its parent company Digital Currency Group allegedly owed $900 million to Gemini’s clients. The report was based on information from the Financial Times, which cited people familiar with the matter.

Gemini has laid off about 20% of its staff this year, and its issues appear to have been exacerbated by the collapse of FTX.