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Crypto Lender BlockFi Filing for Bankruptcy


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Alex Dovbnya

Cryptocurrency lender BlockFi is the latest domino to fall during the ongoing cryptocurrency crisis

Popular cryptocurrency lender BlockFi has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a Monday announcement

The lending platform continues to be paused for the time being. 

The company says that it has $256.9 million in cash on hand. It will be used for providing sufficient liquidity to support some operations.  

According to the company’s court documents, the company has up to $10 billion in estimated assets and liabilities. 

BlockFi has now joined Three Arrow Capital (3AC), Voyager, Celsius, and FTX on the list of companies that are in the middle of bankruptcy proceedings.   

Earlier this year, it was adversely affected by the fall of Terra’s Luna. FTX.US reached an acquisition deal with the embattled lender in July, agreeing to buy the company for up to $240 million while providing it with a $400 million line of credit.

The company halted withdrawals earlier this month following the implosion of the FTX exchange and its US subsidiary.    

On Nov. 15, the Wall Street Journal reported that BlockFi was preparing to file for bankruptcy and fire a significant portion of its staff. 

The failed cryptocurrency lender sought a whopping $5 billion valuation just a year ago. 


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