Gemini Trust vs. Digital Currency Group Legal Spat Takes Another Turn


In the world of cryptocurrency, legal disputes can unravel complex tales. One such story is the ongoing conflict between Gemini Trust and the Digital Currency Group (DCG) over the fate of Genesis Global.

Digital Currency Group’s Recovery Plan: A Mirage?

On September 13, DCG submitted a recovery plan to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The plan notably suggested that unsecured creditors could anticipate a return of “70–90%,” with a significant amount in digital currencies. Furthermore, Gemini Earn users were given hope for a “95–110%” recovery on their claims.

However, just two days later, lawyers for Gemini Trust responded fiercely. Their filing vehemently opposed DCG’s plan, labeling its assertions as “contrived, misleading, and inaccurate.” They argue DCG’s proposals aim to trap the Gemini Lenders into a deceptive agreement.

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Gemini’s legal team stated, “DCG’s touted recovery rates are a mirage — misleading at best, deceptive at worst.” The core contention is clear: the proposed rates don’t truly reflect real value terms under the existing “agreement in principle.”

The Tangled Web: Cryptocurrency Exchange Gemini & DCG

The feud deepens when looking at Gemini Earn, a program financed partly by Genesis. The dispute becomes more complex given that Genesis stopped withdrawals in November 2022. This decision followed the FTX’s downfall and was attributed to “unprecedented market turmoil.” By January 2023, Genesis declared bankruptcy.

Gemini’s records reveal a staggering debt. At the time of its Chapter 11 filing, Genesis allegedly owed its top 50 creditors over $3.5 billion. In pursuit of recovering over $1.1 billion for their Earn users, the crypto exchange mounted a legal challenge against DCG and its CEO, Barry Silbert, by June.

Gemini co-founder Cameron Winklevoss didn’t mince words in June, stating, “Barry was the mastermind behind DCG and Genesis’s alleged fraud.”

A Regulatory Perspective

In addition to the maze of legal proceedings, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission took Gemini and Genesis to court in January. The charge? Selling unregistered securities via the Earn program. By May, both firms were actively seeking to dismiss the case, which remained unresolved.

The intricate dispute between Gemini Trust and the Digital Currency Group underscores the intricacies of the cryptocurrency realm. As the situation unfolds, stakeholders and observers await the court’s decision, hoping for clarity amidst the chaos.

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