Binance.US, the American subsidiary of major crypto exchange Binance, has been selected by Voyager Digital as the “highest and best bid” for its assets as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, the company announced Monday.
In a separate blog post, Binance.US announced this agreement, “sets a clear path forward for Voyager customers’ funds to be unlocked as soon as possible, and returned to them in the form of the cryptocurrencies previously held in their Voyager accounts.”
The deal is valued at $1.022 billion, which values Voyager’s existing portfolio at $1.002 billion, plus $20 million of “incremental value.”
“We hope our selection brings to an end a painful bankruptcy process which saw customers unfairly dragged into it at no fault of their own,” Brian Shroder, Binance.US’ CEO and president said in the blog post.
Now, Voyager will seek approval in bankruptcy court to enter into an asset purchase agreement with Binance.US at a hearing scheduled for January 5, 2023.
Once the deal closes, Voyager customers will be able to access future disbursements of their crypto holdings through the Binance.US platform from the Voyager bankruptcy estate, according to Schroder.
Voyager previously approved a bid for FTX to acquire its customer deposit accounts in a deal valued at $1.42 billion struck in late September. The offer was being reviewed by the Texas Securities Board before it fell through in November after FTX declared bankruptcy.
Following the bankruptcy of FTX, the U.S. exchange’s parent company, Binance has faced heightened scrutiny.
Last week, the exchange temporarily halted withdrawals of the stablecoin USDC citing daily banking hour constraints during a record period of customer withdrawals. In part, those withdrawals came out of concern following its publication of a proof of reserves report that fell short of customer expectations.
The report, which was conducted by French accounting firm Mazars, showed an Agreed Upon Procedure (AUP), not an audit, meaning it disclosed less transparency than investors hoped. The report only revealed the company’s bitcoin holdings, which were 101% collateralized, though 4% of the total was attributed to crypto assets other than bitcoin.
Without more information on the liabilities attached to Binance’s other asset reserves, investors were left to presume Binance’s undisclosed reserves might paint an even less rosy picture.
Last Friday, Mazars paused work with all its provision of Proof of Reserves reports for crypto clients, citing “concerns regarding the way these reports are understood by the public.”
Binance.US is the 12th largest crypto exchange by spot market trading volume in North America, according to crypto indexing platform Nomics.
Source : Yahoo