Celsius Network Announces Disclosure Statement for Chapter 11 Plan
In a court filing on March 31, Celsius Network revealed that it plans to file a disclosure statement on April 12, containing details about the events that led to its bankruptcy, projected recoveries for certain stakeholders, and answers to frequently asked questions. This is part of its Chapter 11 restructuring plan, which was proposed in February and aims to create a public platform called NewCo that is fully owned by Earn creditors. The restructuring plan is sponsored by NovaWulf, and the committee of unsecured creditors will appoint the majority of the firm’s board members, with no involvement from Celsius founder.
The bankruptcy court is expected to hold a hearing regarding approval of the disclosure statement on May 17, with a vote on the plan to follow. If approved, the restructuring plan would allow Earn creditors to take full ownership of NewCo and appoint a majority of the board members. This would result in no involvement or relationship with the Celsius founder.
Since filing for Chapter 11 in July 2022, Celsius Network's bankruptcy proceedings in court have included discussions on assets from the firm’s Earn program, crypto holdings, Bitmain coupons, and personal information of its users. In March, the bankruptcy judge approved a settlement plan allowing Celsius custody account holders to receive back 72.5% of their crypto.
Celsius Network was founded in 2017 as a peer-to-peer lending platform for cryptocurrency. The company's main product, the Earn program, allows users to earn interest on their cryptocurrency holdings. The platform has gained popularity in recent years, with over 1 million users and more than $25 billion in assets under management.
The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July 2022, citing liquidity issues and regulatory pressures. Since then, the company has been working on a restructuring plan to address its financial difficulties and ensure the protection of its users' assets.
The proposed restructuring plan, sponsored by NovaWulf, aims to create a public platform called NewCo that is fully owned by Earn creditors. This would allow users to have more control over the platform and its operations, with no involvement or relationship with the Celsius founder.
The upcoming disclosure statement, to be filed on April 12, will provide claim holders with more information about the restructuring plan and its potential impact on their assets. The statement will also provide answers to frequently asked questions and include details of events leading up to Celsius' bankruptcy.
The bankruptcy court is expected to conduct a hearing regarding approval of the disclosure statement on May 17, with a vote on the plan to follow. If the plan is approved, it could be a positive step for Celsius Network and its users, providing a path forward for the company to address its financial difficulties and regain stability.