Digital Currency Group Sells Shares in Subsidiary’s Crypto Funds

The cryptocurrency conglomerate known as Digital Currency Group (DCG) is apparently getting ready to generate cash and maintain its liquidity by selling its assets in cryptocurrency funds that are managed by a subsidiary of the company known as Grayscale Investments.

According to a report that was published on February 7 by the Financial Times, which cited United States securities filings, DCG sold approximately one quarter of its shares in Grayscale’s Ether (ETH)-based fund for approximately $8 per share, despite the fact that each share held a claim to nearly double that amount in ETH. The filings were cited in the report.

In addition to this, it is said to have sold down small share parcels in Grayscale’s Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Ethereum Classic (ETC)-based trusts. This is in addition to its Digital Large Cap Fund, which is a single fund that invests in Bitcoin (BTC), Ether, Polygon (MATIC), Solana (SOL), and Cardano (ADA).

The response that DCG gave when queried about the share sales was that “it is just part of our regular portfolio rebalancing.”

In spite of this declaration, there are others who feel that Barry Silbert’s DCG might be heading for some kind of financial difficulty.

Another of its companies, the cryptocurrency lending business Genesis Global Capital, filed a bankruptcy petition on January 19 and is reported to owe its creditors more than $3 billion.

Companies controlled by DCG have been significantly impacted by the contagion that has resulted from FTX’s downfall. Over the last several weeks, these companies have been forced to let go of over 500 people.

However, DCG has taken a number of actions to maintain liquidity in 2023, such as informing its shareholders in a letter dated January 17 that it would be discontinuing its quarterly dividend payments as it seeks to improve its balance sheets. This was one of the many initiatives that DCG has done.

After stating that it had received offers for the cryptocurrency media outlet CoinDesk that were greater than $200 million, DCG has reportedly sought the assistance of the financial advisory firm Lazard in order to assist it in weighing up options to sell CoinDesk, which is another of its subsidiaries.

According to the company’s website, DCG’s venture capital portfolio includes about 200 crypto-related startups, some of which include Grayscale, Genesis, and CoinDesk. Additionally, DCG has interest in a number of other businesses, such as the cryptocurrency exchange Luno and the advising company Foundry.


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DCG’s subsidiary Genesis Capital slapped with new class

A new class action lawsuit has been filed against the cryptocurrency corporation Digital Currency Group (DCG), making the company’s legal woes even more numerous. The claim was filed against DCG’s subsidiary Genesis Capital.

In a securities class action (SCA) lawsuit against DCG and its founder and CEO Barry Silbert, creditors of Genesis allege that the defendants violated laws governing the sale and purchase of securities in the United States.

On behalf of people and companies who engaged into digital asset loan arrangements with Genesis, the legal firm Silver Golub & Teitell (SGT) of Connecticut filed the action. The plaintiffs in the case are seeking compensation for their losses.

The legal company is well-known in the sector for managing important litigation, such as the class action complaint that was brought against Coinbase in March 2022.

In the new complaint filed against DCG and Silbert, it is alleged that Genesis engaged in an unregistered securities offering in violation of securities laws. Specifically, it is alleged that Genesis violated securities laws by executing lending agreements involving securities without first meeting the requirements for an exemption from registration under federal securities laws.

The complaint also claims that Genesis engaged in securities fraud by devising a plan to deceive new and current digital asset lenders by providing false and misleading representations. This is said to have occurred as part of a strategy to steal money.

Plaintiffs allege that Genesis knowingly misrepresented the company’s current financial situation, which constitutes a violation of section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of the United States. ” The scheme to defraud was carried out, according to the complaint, in order to induce prospective digital asset lenders to loan digital assets to Genesis Global Capital and to prevent existing lenders from redeeming their digital assets,” SGT lawyers noted. ” The goal of the scheme was to induce prospective digital asset lenders to loan digital assets to Genesis Global Capital.”

DCG is a cryptocurrency company based in Connecticut that was established in 2015. It functions as the parent company of several digital asset and blockchain-focused subsidiaries, some of which include Genesis, a digital asset manager called Grayscale Investments, a cryptocurrency mining company called Foundry, and a cryptocurrency media outlet called Coindesk.

Silbert, the current CEO of DCG, has a controlling ownership share in the company equal to forty percent and also serves as the chairman of the board of directors for DCG.

The announcement was made as Genesis was in the midst of its first bankruptcy proceedings on January 23, after the company’s first bankruptcy filing on January 19.

The bankruptcy petition was filed a few months after Genesis temporarily ceased withdrawals on November 16 due to the fact that the company had been unable to execute redemption requests in light of the bear market in cryptocurrencies.

It has been revealed that Genesis owes $900 million to the customers of the cryptocurrency trading platform Gemini, which was established by the Winklevoss brothers. Gemini is one of the most significant debtors of Genesis.

Cameron Winklevoss, one of the co-founders of Gemini, went to Twitter on January 20 to announce that the company was ready to take direct legal action against DCG, Silbert, and “those who share culpability for the scam.”


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Coindesk May Be Sold as Parent Company DCG Struggles

According to recent reports, the cryptocurrency news website CoinDesk is mulling over the possibility of being sold as its parent company, Digital Currency Group (DCG), wants to improve its financial standing.

The Wall Street Journal reports that CoinDesk has enlisted the assistance of investment bankers from the financial advising firm Lazard. These investment bankers are assisting the company in weighing its alternatives, which may include a whole or partial sale.

You know, I recently became aware that Coindesk is now available for purchase.

Charles Hoskinson, who tweets under the handle @IOHK Charles 19th of January, 2023 In the past few months, it has been reported that DCG has received multiple offers for the media company that are higher than $200 million. If these reports are accurate, this would represent an incredible return on investment for DCG given that the company was reportedly purchased by DCG for only $500,000 in 2016.

It would seem that Barry Silbert’s DCG is experiencing significant financial difficulties as of late. On January 17, the company informed its shareholders that it will be suspending dividend payments in an attempt to improve the soundness of its balance sheet and “preserve liquidity.”

On January 18, Bloomberg reported that another DCG subsidiary, crypto lending business Genesis Global, was intending to file for bankruptcy after it revealed that it owed creditors over $3 billion. This is undoubtedly the primary cause contributing to DCG’s current financial predicament.

According to the company’s website, DCG’s venture capital portfolio includes about 200 crypto-related startups, some of which include CoinDesk and Genesis.

The asset management company Grayscale Investments, the cryptocurrency exchange Luno, and the advising firm Foundry are all other businesses that are owned by DCG.

Some people believe that the article published by CoinDesk in November that revealed the irregularities in Alameda Research’s balance sheet was the first domino that eventually led to the collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX as well as the liquidity issues that Genesis, its parent company DCG, and the broader cryptocurrency market are currently facing.


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ZCash surges 7% after Digital Currency Group CEO announces $85M purchase

Digital Currency Group CEO and founder Barry Silbert has purchased more ZCash to add to his company’s coffers as the price of the token moved above $240 for the first time in days.

In a Wednesday tweet to his more than 678,000 followers, Silbert announced the purchase of $85 million in Zcash (ZEC), or roughly 376,106 tokens assuming an average price of $226. The buy is just the latest for Silbert, who seems to be portraying himself as a contrarian in the crypto market — responding to negative comments on ZEC by purchasing millions more.

According to data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro, the price of ZEC surged more than 7% following Silbert’s announcement, from $226.08 to $243.84. However, it has fallen more than 20% since reaching a six-month high of more than $300 on Thursday, shortly after its core protocol’s transition from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake.

Related: ZEC price jumps 20% in one day as Zcash devs unveil transition to proof-of-stake

Crypto whales like Silbert may be buying ZEC in anticipation of more of the project’s tokens going out of circulation due to lockup periods. Zcash’s main developer, Electric Coin Company, announced on Friday that users would be able to stake a portion of their holdings into a dedicated ZEC smart contract to become validators on its blockchain.

Source: TradingView

Digital Currency Group operates Grayscale, a $53.5 billion AUM digital asset manager th offers investors exposure to cryptocurrencies through its trusts. The firm first listed its Grayscale Zcash Trust on the OTCQX Best Market in October. Silbert has also hinted that the company is making plans to convert its Bitcoin Trust into a spot-settled Bitcoin exchange-traded fund.