Genesis Unlikely to Meet Gemini’s Deadline as CEO Says It Needs ‘Additional Time’ to Sort Liquidity Issues

Derar Islim said in a letter to its investors that the firm’s financial woes are “a very complex process.”

Derar Islim wearing a bathrobe with Genesis logo holding a white peace of paper next to a stack of documents.
  • Genesis interim CEO Derar Islim told investors in a letter on Wednesday that the company believes it can “arrive at a solution” related to the halted operations.
  • He said the company needs “additional time” to solve its liquidity issues, and it is “a very complex process.”
  • This makes it unlikely that Genesis can meet Gemini’s January 8 deadline to return more than $900 million owed to Gemini Earn program users.
  • It’s unclear what will happen if Genesis fails to come up with almost a billion dollars by the end of this week.

Genesis seems unlikely to meet Gemini’s January 8 deadline to solve its liquidity issues and return more than $900 million owed to Gemini Earn lending program users.

According to Bloomberg, Genesis interim CEO Derar Islim told investors in a letter on Wednesday that the lender believes it can “arrive at a solution” but needs “additional time” to sort its finances.

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“While we are committed to moving as quickly as possible, this is a very complex process that will take some additional time,” Islim said.

Islim’s letter to Genesis’ investors comes three days after Gemini co-founder Cameron Winklevoss published an open letter to Barry Silbert, the founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group (DCG), which also owns Genesis.

In the letter, Winklevoss accused Silbert of engaging in “bad faith stall tactics” in relation to the more than $900 million Genesis owes to Gemini. Genesis halted loan redemptions on November 17, and Gemini followed a few hours later by suspending Gemini Earn withdrawals.

Winklevoss also said in the letter that DCG and Genesis are “beyond commingled” and that DCG has borrowed $1.675 billion from Genesis, something Silbert later denied.

Winklevoss then asked Silbert to “publicly commit to working together to solve this problem by January 8, 2023”. Silbert has yet to publicly commit to doing anything related to the missing $900 million.

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Genesis’ liquidity issues stem from the exposure to and relationship with the disgraced crypto baron Sam Bankman-Fried and his former companies FTX and Alameda Research, which went bankrupt in November. 

Genesis admitted shortly after the spectacular fall of FTX that it had around $175 million stuck on the exchange. Later some reports indicated that the firm sought $1 billion in financing from Binance and Apollo but failed to get it.

Genesis was also negatively impacted by the blow-up of the crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) back in July of last year. The lender reportedly loaned the now-defunct hedge fund $2.36 billion in total. Genesis later filed a $1.2 billion claim against 3AC, which was assumed by the parent company DCG, leaving Genesis with no outstanding liabilities related to 3AC.

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  • DCG, Genesis, and Barry Silbert still have until January 8 to respond to Gemini’s ultimatum.
  • It’s unclear what will happen if Silbert and co fail to solve their liquidity issues tied to Gemini by the end of this week.
  • It’s unclear how precisely Genesis is planning to solve its financial woes.

Why You Should Care

DCG and its subsidiaries, like Genesis, are important players in the crypto industry. If they’re indeed insolvent, as some speculate, the crypto markets are likely to suffer another blow to their reputation. Investors should closely follow the developments of this story to better prepare for a potential decrease in digital asset prices.

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

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Arturas Skur

Arturas Skur is a cryptocurrency news reporter at DailyCoin who covers Web 3.0 domains, DeFi, and Ethereum Layer-2s. With over five years of experience in journalism and public relations, Arturas brings his critical thinking and analytical abilities to deliver insightful news stories. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing with his dog, and reading.