NFTs belonging to bankrupt hedge fund to be sold by liquidators

According to a recent statement, the nonfungible tokens (NFTs) that belonged to the failed hedge firm Three Arrows Capital (3AC) would be liquidated by its liquidators, Teneo.

Christopher Farmer, a joint liquidator for 3AC, made the announcement in a notice dated February 22 that the liquidators aim to start selling NFTs that are associated with the company. The value of the NFTs would be “realized for the purposes of the liquidation,” according to the notice, which stressed the fact that the sale would be conducted. The notification will be effective 28 days from the beginning of the sales, as stated in the statement.

Within the release, the liquidators made it clear that they would not be included the list of NFTs that has been unofficially called the “Starry Night Portfolio.” As part of the bankruptcy proceedings involving 3AC, on October 5, 2022, 300 NFTs belonging to 3AC subsidiary Starry Night Capital were transferred. The liquidators brought to everyone’s attention the fact that an application regarding these NFTs is presently being considered by the supreme court in the British Virgin Islands.

Although the announcement did not specify which NFTs would be sold, analyst Tom Wan pointed out on Twitter which NFTs the liquidators may or may not sell in the future. According to Wan, the NFTs have the potential to incorporate certain items of a high profile. In the middle of the process through which 3AC was filing for bankruptcy, he tweeted that community members had constantly voiced their discontent on social media over the activities of the 3AC staff. On January 3, 2019, the creator of 3AC, Su Zhu, was called out on Twitter for his accusation that the Digital Currency Group (DCG) was planning to attack Terra in conjunction with the FTX exchange. Zhu’s attempts to call out DCG and FTX failed, as community members urged him to concentrate on his own wrongdoing rather than the actions of the other two companies.

On February 10, members of the cryptocurrency community attacked the newly created exchange that was supported by 3AC and Coinflex. The launch caused outrage among the community members, and many of them vowed that they would never participate in the exchange again and would harass anyone who did.


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Hedge Funds Battle to Survive After FTX Exchange Collapse

Some hedge funds were able to weather the storm and remain solvent despite being adversely affected by the failure of the FTX exchange, while others were forced to make the decision to liquidate their holdings and cease operations as a result of the financial crisis.

CoinShares, an institutional crypto fund manager, underlined the fact that the company remained “financially solid” in its fourth-quarter report for 2022. This was despite the fact that the company had to cope with the FTX crash at the end of the year. The fund also showed its successes, including its graduation to the principal market of Nasdaq Stockholm and its high levels of inflow into CoinShares physical exchange traded goods.

Following the filing of its bankruptcy petition, CoinShares said that assets worth more than $31 million were frozen on the FTX exchange. The management of the fund does not know for certain if they will ever be able to retrieve the monies or how much of the assets can be retrieved at this time.

During the course of the quarter, the company came to the conclusion that it would no longer maintain its CoinShares consumer platform. The company explained its decision in writing, stating that “Market circumstances gave birth to a scenario that did not enable us, with our present financial structure, to sustain a consumer activity that needed large upfront expenditure in marketing.”

The Chief Executive Officer of CoinShares, Jean-Marie Mognetti, said in a letter to investors that the failure of FTX “had a substantial effect” on the company’s ability to implement its algorithmic trading platform, HAL, in European markets. In spite of this, Mognetti also noted that the company will continue into 2023 with defined objectives, such as concentrating on increasing its digital asset management business and the institutional products it provides.

Galois Capital, a hedge fund, did not have the same level of success as CoinShares when it came to weathering the FTX storm. The fund announced to its investors on February 20 that it would be winding down its operations due to the losses that it sustained as a result of the collapse of FTX. The company made the executive decision to return the remainder of its cash to its investors and to sell its claims to purchasers who were better equipped to pursue bankruptcy claims.


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Hedge fund Galois Capital shuts down after FTX collapse

Galois Capital, a hedge fund that was one of the companies that lost money when FTX went bankrupt, has decided not to continue operating after seeing fifty percent of its holdings get stuck in the failing exchange. The decision has been made to wind down the fund and distribute whatever assets are left over to the original investors.

On November 12, 2022, the hedge fund acknowledged in a statement that it has large exposure to the FTX exchange. The statement was posted on the hedge firm’s official Twitter account.

A letter was sent to the fund’s investors informing them that all trading had been ceased and that the fund had rolled back its holdings, as stated in a story that was published in the Financial Times. Kevin Zhou, who was one of the co-founders of Galois Capital, issued an apology to the company’s investors and said that due to the gravity of the problem with FTX, they are unable to find a justification for continuing to run the company.

In addition to this, the hedge fund promised its investors that they would get ninety percent of the money that are not held hostage by the FTX exchange. The remaining 10% will be held indefinitely by the corporation until all outstanding issues have been resolved via dialogue.

In addition to these factors, Zhou has indicated that he is considering selling the hedge fund’s claims rather than waiting for a drawn-out bankruptcy procedure that may take up to ten years. The co-founder of Galois Capital asserts that purchasers of these claims have a greater ability to pursue claims in bankruptcy courts.

The bankruptcy of FTX resulted in the freezing of millions of dollars belonging to many companies, including New Huo Technology and Nestcoin. One of the numerous companies that has suffered losses as a result of the FTX scandal is Galois Capital, which has at least fifty million dollars in assets that are frozen on the exchange.

In the meanwhile, the biggest creditor to Mt. Gox has taken a strategy very similar to that of Galois Capital by opting for an early payment option rather than waiting for a drawn-out judicial procedure that may take many years to complete. Mt. Gox Investment Fund said on February 17 that it has made the decision to be paid in September rather than waiting any longer to receive its assets back.


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SEC plans to propose new rule changes that could impact crypto firms

According to recent reports, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) intends to propose new regulation changes this week that might have an effect on the kind of services that cryptocurrency businesses are permitted to provide their customers.

According to a report that was published on February 14 by Bloomberg, which cited “people familiar with the matter,” the securities regulator is working on a draft proposal that would make it more difficult for cryptocurrency companies to act as “qualified custodians” on behalf of their customers’ digital assets.

This might, in turn, have an effect on the many hedge funds, private equity companies, and pension funds who collaborate with cryptocurrency startups.

Those individuals who were quoted said that on February 15 a five-person SEC panel would decide on whether or not the plan will advance to the next level.

In order for the remaining members of the SEC to cast an official vote on the proposal, they will need to achieve a majority vote of three votes out of five. If the idea is accepted, it will be revised based on the input provided wherever required.

People who are aware with the situation have said that it is not obvious what particular modifications the United States Financial Watchdog is seeking. This is despite the fact that the SEC has been deliberating on what should be necessary to be a certified custodian of cryptocurrencies since March 2019.

According to Bloomberg, if the deal is confirmed, some cryptocurrency businesses may be required to relocate the digital asset holdings of their customers to another location.

According to the study, these financial institutions may be exposed to “surprise audits” on their custody ties or other ramifications. This information was included in the report.

After a story published on January 26 by Reuters said that the SEC may soon investigate Wall Street financial advisors over how they’ve given cryptocurrency custody to their customers, the news of the vote proposal that will be held on Wednesday comes as a surprise.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been quite busy in recent days dealing with Paxos Trust, the issuer of the Binance USD (BUSD) stablecoin. The SEC is of the opinion that Paxos Trust issued the cryptocurrency in the form of an unregistered security.

Paxos said that they were willing to “vigorously litigate” the matter if it came to it.


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Galois Capital Declares Half of its Funds is Stuck with FTX

Galois Capital, a crypto hedge fund that deals in over-the-counter trading has announced that almost half of its capital is trapped in FTX.


According to a Reuters news report, Kevin Zhou a Co-founder of Galois stated that the trapped fund is estimated at $100 million even though the company had initially pulled out some funds from the crypto exchange. He wrote to investors that he is deeply sorry about the situation as they didn’t see the 3AC situation coming. He added that it could take Galois a few years before it will recover from its present ordeal.

Galois Capital tweeted via the company’s official page that funds were not withdrawn using any Bahamian process as a significant amount is still stuck while responding to accusations that they transferred funds from FTX illegally by using Bahamian accounts. They also hinted that Galois does not have any debt, so it’s just their assets that took a hit.

“Galois is presently debating whether to continue operating normally, pursue an acquisition, or become a proprietary trading firm,” says Zhou. 

The news comes after Galois had initially given suggestions on how FTX can overcome their financial crisis. Galois tweeted that FTX can apply a proportional debt haircut to all accounts, make a debt claim token in the style of Bitfinex for the amount of the haircut, and reduce staff while continuing to run FTX.

Crypto Exchanges Caught in the Web of FTX’s Crisis

Galois Capital is not the only crypto exchange that is experiencing disarray as a result of the fallout of the FTX exchange platform. BlockFi, a crypto lending exchange has recently put a hold on customers’ withdrawal following the financial crisis that has ensued with FTX.

BlockFi which was worth $3 million at one time announced earlier in the week that they will be putting a halt to withdrawals including deposits over a lack of uncertainty regarding issues with FTX. BlockFi had earlier in the year arranged a $680 million deal with FTX.US that included a $400 million credit facility and an option for FTX to purchase BlockFi.

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Singapore’s Whampoa Group Raises $50M for Crypto Hedge Funds

According to Bloomberg, Singapore-based asset management firm Whampoa Group plans to raise $50 million for a crypto hedge fund and has announced plans to set up a venture capital fund to invest in digital assets.


According to early estimates, the company intends to set aside $10 billion for a cryptocurrency venture fund.

The Whampoa Group is a multi-family office co-founded by Amy Lee and Lee Han Shih. Amy Lee is the niece of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Both belonged to the extended family of Lee Kuan Yew, who served as the country’s first prime minister from 1959 to 1990.

Its CEO Shawn Chan said that Whampoa’s cryptocurrency hedge fund will adopt a market-neutral strategy to offset the volatility of cryptocurrencies, mainly focusing on bitcoin and ether.

But occasionally other cryptocurrencies are traded while securing a favorable risk-reward.

The $10 billion private venture capital fund, likely to launch next quarter, will invest in Web 3 early-stage startups.

The Whampoa Group is looking for strategic partners with regional family offices and some large Chinese internet companies.

A survey conducted by PWC and Elwood Asset Management indicates that 47% of traditional hedge fund firms have entered or plan to enter the cryptocurrency market. The research surveyed 39 hedge fund firms in the first quarter of this year with a total of $180 billion in assets under management.

Meanwhile, cryptocurrency hedge Fund Pangea Fund raised $85 million to focus on a “long-only” strategy in May.

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Hedge Fund Marshall Wace Forms Workforce, Focusing on Blockchain Investments

Investment firm Marshall Wace is forming a blockchain team to focus on investing in private blockchain-related companies.

The company has also hired William Benattar, who has made technology investments in UK property developer Nick Candy’s family office, to prepare for its crossover investment

The firm aggressively raised a new digital finance fund last July to invest in high-tech companies in areas, such as blockchain technology, digital payments and stablecoins.

Marshall Wace LLP is a hedge fund based in London, founded by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace in 1997. As of January 2022, its assets under management reach US$ 64 billion.

Marshall Wace is one of Europe’s foremost hedge fund managers specialising in global long/short equity with investment management offices in London; New York.

A survey conducted by PWC and Elwood Asset Management indicates that 47% of traditional hedge fund firms have entered or plan to enter the cryptocurrency market. The research surveyed 39 hedge fund firms in the first quarter of this year with a total of $180 billion in assets under management.

Brevan Howard, a European hedge fund asset management firm, has announced extending its reach into the cryptocurrency sector by forming a new crypto-focused division called BH Digital.

Meanwhile, cryptocurrency hedge Fund Pangea Fund raised $85 million to focus on a “long-only” strategy on Wednesday.

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Crypto Hedge Fund Pangea Fund Receives $85m in Financing

Cryptocurrency hedge Fund Pangea Fund has raised $85 million to focus on a “long-only” strategy. 

Pangea Fund Management was founded by Ryan Watkins, a former analyst at Messari Inc., and Daniel Cheung, who works at Jennison Associates LLC. 

Ryan Watkins in an interview: 

“Our thesis is that in the long run, there’ll be very few winners in each category. So for us, we’d much rather bet on some of the early winners we’re seeing.” 

Investors include Bain Capital, ParaFi, Alameda Research, and others, USV co-founder Brad Burnham, Apollo Global Management co-founder Josh Harris, Terraform  Do Kwon of Labs, Kyle Samani, partner of Multicoin Capital, and other angel investors participated in the investment. 

Most cryptocurrency hedge funds currently focus on Bitcoin and Ethereum, as well as investments focused on early-stage projects. 

However, what makes Pangea unique is its strategic focus on taking a long-term position among three to seven established tokens. 

“The fund’s concentration in just a few tokens will also allow it to focus on supporting an important element of  Decentralization: projects’ governance, “said Watkins

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What BTC price slump? Bitcoin outperforms stocks and gold for 3rd year in a row

Bitcoin (BTC) may be down over 30% from its record high of $69,000, but it has emerged as one of the best-performing financial assets in 2021. BTC has bested the U.S. benchmark index, the S&P 500, and the gold.

Arcane Research noted in its new report that Bitcoin’s year-to-date (YTD) performance came out to be nearly 73%. In comparison, the S&P 500 index surged 28%, and gold dropped by 7% in the same period, which marks the third year that Bitcoin has outperformed.

Bitcoin vs. S&P 500 vs. Gold in 2021. Source: Arcane Research, TradingView

At the core of Bitcoin’s extremely bullish performance was higher inflation. The U.S. consumer price index (CPI) logged its largest 12-month increase in four decades this November.

“Most economists didn’t see the high inflation coming, as witnessed by the 1-year ahead consumer inflation expectations,” the Arcane report read, adding:

With its 73% gain in the highly inflationary 2021, Bitcoin has proven itself to be an excellent inflation hedge.

Inflation 2021: Actual CPI vs. Expected CPI. Source: BLS, New York Fed

Bitcoin holdings grew among institutional investment vehicles

Loose monetary policies and a sustained fear of higher inflation also prompted mainstream financial houses to launch crypto-enabled investment vehicles for their rich clients in 2021.

Arcane reported an inflow of 140,000 BTC (~$6.56 billion) across spot- and future-based Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETF) and physically-backed exchange-traded products (ETP) this year.

Bitcoin exchange-traded fund holdings. Source: ByteTree, Arcane Research

That prompted more Bitcoin units to get absorbed into investment vehicles, underscoring a greater institutional demand for the cryptocurrency.

In contrast, gold-backed ETFs witnessed an outflow of $8.8 billion in 2021, according to World Gold Council’s report published this December.

Global gold-backed ETF flows. Source: World Gold Council

Volatility behind superior performance?

Nonetheless, Bitcoin’s relatively superior performance in 2021 has included periods of high volatility.

Many analysts believe that extreme price fluctuations keep Bitcoin from becoming an ideal inflation hedge. That includes Leonard Kostovetsky, a finance professor at Boston College, who recalled in his blog post that there had been 13 days in 2021 on which the BTC price has moved over 10% in one direction. Excerpts:

“It seems strange to think that a person who is worried about holding dollars because they lost 7% of their value over the last year would be comfortable holding Bitcoin which could (and often does) lose that much value in a single day.”

Arcane too recognized Bitcoin for being more volatile than the S&P 500 in 2021, noting that the cryptocurrency “behaved like a risk-on asset” by merely amplifying the most significant stock market movements.

The researcher cited VIX — a measure of the expectation of volatility based on S&P 500 index options — to exemplify the relationship between Bitcoin and stock markets. It noted that the BTC price fell hard whenever the VIX readings spiked in recent times, underscoring that institutional traders viewed Bitcoin as a risk-on asset.

Bitcoin vs. VIX. Source: Arcane Research, TradingView

As a result, Bitcoin’s potential to fall harder in the wake of a stock market correction also became higher. Arcane too noted that a bearish 2022 for the S&P 500 may end up wiping a big portion of Bitcoin’s gains.

“Therefore, be aware of stock market headwinds in the next year and their possible implications for bitcoin’s short-term price trajectory,” it added.

Related: Arcane Research releases its crypto predictions for 2022

But hedge fund manager Chris Brown went far in predicting an all-and-all Bitcoin doom in 2022. The Aristides Capital’s managing member stated that cryptocurrencies could face massive selloffs ahead as the U.S. Federal Reserve ends its $120 billion a month asset purchasing program followed by three rate hikes next year.

BTC/USD weekly price chart versus Federal Reserve balance sheet. Source: TradingView 

“If the Fed really does hike rates enough to make money considerably less loose, or if markets believe they will, you are going to see certain areas of speculation come to a screeching halt,” Brown said, adding:

The prime example of such asset speculation is cryptocurrency; here lies $2.64 trillion of ‘wealth’ that is backed by nothing and generates no cash flows.

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