Embattled crypto lender Celsius Network has told a judge it plans to start paying back its customers by year’s end, amid an Oct. 2 hearing seeking approval for its reorganization plan.
In his opening statements at the confirmation hearing in New York, Celsius’ legal counsel, Christopher Koenig, said the new company dubbed “NewCo” will emerge from the proceedings with $450 million in seed funding.
#Celsius will distribute at least $2.03B of crypto to Creditors.— Celsius NewCo Community (@CelsiusNewCo) October 2, 2023
Meanwhile, NewCo will be seeded with up to $450 million in crypto.
NewCo has been backed by a group of companies in a consortium called Fahrenheit LLC, which will manage the mining and staking business.
The judge presiding over the case, Martin Glenn, is considering whether to approve Celsius’s restructuring plan. The plan will also need to be cleared by security regulators. Despite garnering an overwhelming majority of votes in favor, it is being challenged by some creditors, according to reports.
“The Debtors arrive at Confirmation with a Plan that has the support of over 95% of voting Account Holders by both number and dollar amount,” Celsius stated in a filing presented at the confirmation hearing.
If the Celsius plan is approved, it would be one of the first failed crypto platforms from 2022 to be resurrected in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
Celsius customers have been waiting to be made whole ever since the company halted withdrawals in June 2022 following the collapse of the Terra ecosystem.
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