Genesis Sues Gemini to Recover 'Preferential Transfers' Worth $689M

Genesis and Gemini have been embroiled in a public and legal feud since the collapse of FTX.

AccessTimeIconNov 22, 2023 at 7:34 a.m. UTC
Updated Jan 26, 2024 at 2:59 p.m. UTC
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Crypto lender Genesis Global Capital has sued cryptocurrency exchange Gemini Trust, its former business partner, to recover more than $689 million, according to a court filing late on Tuesday.

It alleges that Gemini made preferential transfers of an "aggregate gross amount of no less than approximately $689,302,000" from Genesis at the expense of other creditors and asked the court to "correct this unfairness."

Genesis and Gemini have been embroiled in a public and legal feud ever since the collapse of FTX. Genesis filed for bankruptcy in January. Its parent company, Digital Currency Group (DCG), was sued by Gemini in July over allegations that DCG then described as "defamatory" and a "publicity stunt." In September, Genesis sued its parent company, DCG, seeking the repayment of multiple loans worth over $600 million. And then, in October, Gemini sued Genesis over 60 million shares of the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), valued at around $1.6 billion. Gemini's co-founders are the Winklevoss twins, Tyler and Cameron.

The saga has seen legal action from U.S. authorities, too. In January, days before Genesis filed for bankruptcy, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleged Genesis and Gemini sold unregistered securities. Last month, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against DCG, Genesis and Gemini for allegedly defrauding more than 230,000 investors, including at least 29,000 New Yorkers, of more than $1 billion.

The filing alleges that as market turmoil caused by the collapse of Terraform Labs and digital asset hedge fund Three Arrows Capital unfolded, Gemini made "unprecedented withdrawals" before the bankruptcy filing, contributing to a "run on the bank." During a 90-day period known as the preference period, Gemini demanded repayment of prior loans made to Genesis. These transfers were "avoidable" and upon "information and belief" that Genesis was "insolvent."

Gemini tweeted that Genesis has "asserted several baseless and inflammatory counterclaims" and that it would continue to pursue the legal process.

UPDATE (November 23, 2023, 08:10 UTC): Adds tweet from Gemini.

Edited by Omkar Godbole and Sandali Handagama.


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