Celsius Shareholder BnkToTheFuture Proposes Bitcoin Investments, Restructuring in Rescue Bid

The community investing platform put forth three proposals on Thursday night in a bid to save Celsius Network from going under.

AccessTimeIconJul 1, 2022 at 11:19 a.m. UTC
Updated Jul 1, 2022 at 3:27 p.m. UTC

Shaurya is an analyst/editor for CoinDesk's markets team in Asia.

Crypto investment platform BnkToTheFuture proposed three recovery plans on Thursday aimed at helping users affected by the insolvency of crypto lender Celsius Network.

BnkToTheFuture is registered as an excluded securities business with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority and holds 5% of Celsius. “We believe that this allows us to call a shareholder meeting as part of our statutory shareholder rights that legally cannot be ignored by the Celsius board,” it said in the Thursday post.

The first proposal calls for restructuring and relaunching Celsius, which would allow depositors to benefit from “any recovery through financial engineering.” This could refer to the issuance of additional tokens or additional fundraising.

The second proposal is to form a pool of the most influential holders of bitcoin (BTC) and have them “co-invest with the community” in a bid to raise significant amounts of capital for Celsius. BnkToTheFuture said it had handled the previous fundraising of over $20 million for Celsius that 1,039 investors participated in.

“We completed a similar disaster recovery offering for Bitfinex in 2016,” BnkToTheFuture explained. The effort saw over $76 million raised from investors to help the then beleaguered crypto exchange, which experienced a hack of 120,000 bitcoins at the time.

The third proposal is to “form an operational plan that allows a new entity and team to rebuild and make depositors whole.” That move, however, would involve “risks and full recovery of funds is not guaranteed,” BnkToTheFuture said.

A community vote for the three proposals is underway as of Friday, following which BnkToTheFuture is expected to hold a formal meeting with Celsius board members.

BnkToTheFuture didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Celsius cut off withdrawals from its platform earlier this month because of “extreme market conditions,” which led to fears of its possible insolvency at the time. Customer withdrawals remain paused, and regulators have opened investigations of the company.

Meanwhile, Celsius said Thursday it is exploring options to “preserve and protect assets,” as reported.

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