QuadrigaCX: You know the story. Dead CEO, $190 million of customer's funds missing, mismanagement, conspiracy. But where are we now in terms of making crypto clients whole? Magdalena Gronowska, who's a member of the Official Committee of Affected Users and the Bankruptcy Board of Inspectors, says as much as the nondisclosure agreements (NDA) will allow.
In this episode, CoinDesk Managing Editor Zack Seward and business reporter Nikhilesh De speak with Magdalena Gronowska, who lost several thousand dollars when Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX imploded. She's now a member of the Official Committee of Affected Users and the Bankruptcy Board of Inspectors.
QuadrigaCX is one of the stories in crypto that'll end up getting made into a movie. There are so many twists and turns, and mystery remains after the exchange's CEO, Gerald Cotten, unexpectedly died (although some believe he faked his death) on a trip to India in late 2018. He was supposedly the only person who held the keys to some C$250 million (US$190 million) in user funds – a pile of money that has been in dispute ever since. But once Canadian authorities started their investigation, it became clear Cotten also mismanaged client funds in many, many ways.
It's been a little over a year since Cotten's death was reported, setting off a whirlwind investigation. Gronowska gives insight into where the case stands today.
- How much it sucks to lose bitcoin when you're trying to stack sats
- How the Committee of Affected Users operates
- The role of the Bankruptcy Board of Inspectors
- The craziest thing QuadrigaCX's now-deceased CEO Gerald Cotten bought with his ill-gotten gains
- Would you rather be a Mt.Gox creditor or QuadrigaCX creditor?
- NDAs: What the committee knows and doesn't know
- How the crypto community's sleuthing actually helps the case
- Brass-tacks questions from creditors
- Not your keys, not your coins
- Everyone's favorite: regulation, and the silver lining to the QuadrigaCX disaster: Canadians, both the crypto community and the government, thinking harder about crafting appropriate regulations
- Another industry where tech, maybe even blockchain tech, could be beneficial: Canada's insolvency system.
- What happens next?
- Some $40 million CAD has been retrieved. Where does that money go and how will the rest be recovered?
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