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The founders of crypto fund Three Arrows Capital are missing

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The founders of crypto fund Three Arrows Capital are missing. They are being sought for the company’s bankruptcy filing.

Three Arrows Capital (3AC) was once the largest crypto fund and one of the most popular companies in the industry, but by today it has almost completely lost its management vertical. 

Three Arrows Capital’s problems became known in mid-June. Then, sources reported that the positions of the cryptocurrency fund were liquidated by the exchanges FTX, Deribit and BitMEX, due to which the position of the organization significantly deteriorated. At the same time, 24 hours later, sources also told about the disappearance of Soo Joo. As reported on June 18, the entrepreneur did not get in touch with the staff of the fund.

What’s going on with the 3AC crypto fund

The exact whereabouts of foundation founders Soo Joo and Kyle Livingston are currently unknown. They haven’t made any public statements, even on their social media accounts, for quite some time.

Some of the lawyers in the Three Arrows Capital bankruptcy case fear that the missing Zhu and Livingston may now try to sell the fund’s assets outside the debt liquidation process. 

There is a real and unavoidable risk that the fund’s debtor’s assets could be transferred or otherwise disposed of by parties other than court-appointed foreign representatives to the detriment of the debtor, its creditors and all other interested parties.

The representatives of the law are trivialized. Since it is impossible to establish the location of the co-founders of the crypto-fund, it is also impossible to predict the future course of events.

Statement of problems with the liquidation of the debt 3AC

Liquidators noted that due to the nature of 3AC’s business, “risk is heightened” because cryptocurrencies are “easily transferable.” Lawyers should facilitate “an orderly winding down of the company’s operations and begin liquidating its assets.” The missing co-founders of the company were filed with the court on Friday, July 8. One of the liquidators, named Christopher Farmer, had previously traveled to Singapore to visit the offices of 3AC. 

Documents and assets to be provided by the fund’s co-founders

There is still no trace of the founders of the foundation. This only makes things more heated by the day: if Soo Joo and Kyle Livingston don’t show up soon, it’s possible that local law enforcement may be after them.

Not only cryptocurrency platforms but also banks have been outraged by customers in recent days. The Chinese city of Zhengzhou recently saw massive protests over the blocking of a huge number of local bank accounts. Sources estimate that the amount of funds in blocked accounts could exceed the $1.5 billion mark.

Rumors about the plight of Chinese banks have been circulating on the Web since at least April 18. At that time, three major banks at once froze deposits of clients, referring to the update of their systems. 

This whole situation perfectly demonstrates the main flaw of the traditional financial system — complete centralization. The client, whose funds were left sitting idle at the bank, is essentially being held hostage by the bankers. 

The collapse of Three Arrows Capital is one of the major sensations in the cryptocurrency industry in 2022. Still, not too long ago, 3AC was considered a key player in the market, actively investing in new platforms, while Suu Joo was gaining hawkers amid his harsh remarks. 

Now the fund not only faces an asset sale, but also the prospect of having to track down the founders. The situation can only change so drastically and dramatically in the digital asset industry.


BTC price holds 6% gains as Bitcoin battles for ‘crucial’ $28K support

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Bitcoin (BTC) passing $28,000 hints at bullish sentiment, but reclaiming it for good is essential, analysis says.

In an X (formerly Twitter) post on Oct. 17, Yann Allemann and Jan Happel, co-founders of on-chain analytics firm Glassnode, described the $28,000 mark as a “critical milestone” for the BTC price.

Glassnode: “Keep an eye out” for $28,000

After snap volatility, which caused Bitcoin to hit $30,000 for the first time since August, the largest cryptocurrency has managed to preserve some of its gains.

At the time of writing, BTC/USD is circling $28,500, per data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView — still up around 6% since the weekly open.

For Allemann and Happel, the pair is now at a defining crossroads.

“The crypto market is hinged on BTC’s ability to breach and consistently maintain a value north of $28k,” part of their commentary stated.

$28,000 has formed a battleground ever since Bitcoin first crossed it in early 2021, and liquidity has traditionally surrounded it as bulls and bears fight to secure control over long-term trajectory.

Data from the trading suite DecenTrader, among others, confirms that the status quo remains despite recent BTC price moves, with $28,000 lying in a zone between major longs and shorts of varying leverage.

Bitcoin liquidity data. Source: DecenTrader

“While this pivotal milestone was momentarily attained on futures, the spot market price peaked at $27.98k earlier today. It’s evident just how crucial this price point is in the larger scheme,” Allemann and Happel added.

“The rapid movements and these price thresholds aren’t just numbers. They signify investor sentiment, market dynamics. Keep an eye out for the 28k level.”

BTC/USD 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

Road to Bitcoin halving contested

As Cointelegraph reported, predictions over what the future will bring for Bitcoin both before and after its next block subsidy halving in April 2024 differ considerably.

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In an interview last month, DecenTrader co-founder Filbfilb eyed BTC price galvanizing itself for upside during Q4, possibly reaching $46,000 by the halving.

Some well-known market participants, however, remain risk-averse. Among them, popular trader Crypto Tony and others are betting on a pre-halving return to $20,000 for a final local bottom.

“Many can scream they are long right now and caught that move, but if your not taking profit here at resistance your doing something wrong,” he told X subscribers about the recent surge.

“I personally will not be long unless we flip that $28,500 level into support.”

BTC/USD annotated chart. Source: Crypto Tony/X

This article does not contain investment advice or recommendations. Every investment and trading move involves risk, and readers should conduct their own research when making a decision.

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Ripple job posting hints at possible IPO, XRP community says

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Fintech payments company Ripple released a new job posting on Oct. 16 for a shareholder communications senior manager across multiple locations in and outside the United States. The job posting prompted many crypto enthusiasts to label it as an official hint about the company’s plans to go public.

The job posting outlines that the role will require direct communication with shareholders — a concept generally associated with publicly traded companies. The chosen candidate would be responsible for developing and implementing communication and relationship management strategies for “existing and prospective investors, current shareholders, and financial analysts.”

The job description emphasizes the candidate’s need to create strategic plans specifically suited for situations like “M&A [mergers and acquisitions], investments, liquidity events, and other high-impact moments.“

The role includes creating investor-focused materials like “presentations, fact sheets, case studies, and analyses“ to inform and educate potential investors about the company’s prospects and performance — a necessary component of the initial public offering (IPO) preparation process. The responsibilities of the post also include maintaining a shareholder database and managing routine communications like quarterly updates.

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Many XRP (XRP) proponents and the pro-Ripple community on X (formerly Twitter) are referring to the job posting as a hint that there may be an IPO. Some key executives from the company have also alluded to the possibility that Ripple might go public but haven’t given any indication of timing.

The crypto-focused payments company has recently been in the limelight due to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) lawsuit alleging XRP is a security. Ripple scored a major win in the lawsuit in July when a judge ruled that XRP is not a security in terms of sale on digital asset exchanges.

Key Ripple executives have claimed that even though the SEC lawsuit has cost them many business opportunities in the U.S., most of its remittance business lies outside America.

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Banks’ crypto exposure must be disclosed — BIS’ Basel Committee

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The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) released a consultation paper on Oct. 17, proposing to make it compulsory for banks to disclose their crypto exposure.

The Basel Committee comprises central banks and financial authorities from 28 jurisdictions and is a forum for regulatory cooperation on banking supervisory matters. The latest consultation paper is based on the disclosure guidelines in the final prudential standard on how banks should handle their exposure to crypto assets released in December 2022.

The consultation paper aims to set a standardized “disclosure table and set of templates for banks’ crypto-asset exposures,” with a proposed implementation date of Jan. 1, 2025. The Basel Committee has opened the proposal for public comment until Jan. 31, 2024, after which the results will be published on its website.

Under the new proposed regulations, banks would be required to provide quantitative data on exposures to crypto assets and the corresponding capital and liquidity requirements. Banks would also be required to offer qualitative data on their activities linked to cryptocurrencies.

Additionally, banks would be required to offer information on the accounting classifications of their exposure to crypto assets and liabilities. In its proposal, the committee claimed that using a uniform disclosure format will encourage the application of market discipline and lessen information asymmetry between banks and market participants.

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The committee also reviewed crypto assets and bank exposure in June. At the time, the committee didn’t delve deeply into the topic, mentioning only that it was focusing on permissionless blockchains and the eligibility criteria for “Group 1” stablecoins.

The BIS has been actively involved in crypto consultations and examining the regulatory aspect of decentralized technology. Recently, the BIS and a handful of European central banks published details of a concept to develop a system to track international flows of cryptocurrencies.

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