SushiSwap (SUSHI) Proposes New DAO Structure in Bid to Revive Exchange

Called Meiji DAO, the new governance framework would be share-based and feature a quadratic voting mechanism.

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SushiSwap (SUSHI) is en route to restructuring its DAO after a core contributor posted a proposal to replace the existing Sushi DAO with a new governance framework.

“Meiji DAO”, the proposed DAO structure, would require users to hold Sushi shares to vote, in place of the existing token structure. Sushi members that desire to be involved in the governance process would be required to lock their SUSHI tokens to obtain the shares, which would be granted after twice the voting period has elapsed. The proposal aims to prevent new voters from joining and attacking the DAO.


The proposal also introduces the concept of the “High Kitchen”–a group of trusted community members and contributors with the power to veto proposals submitted to the DAO. The group, intended as a last line of defense against Sybil and other similar governance attacks, would have the power to veto a proposal only if it received 80% of votes in favor. The group itself would still be subject to being dissolved if the majority of users decided to do so.

The proposal, which is still under discussion, suggests that High Kitchen be comprised of treasury multisigners, since they have a mutual interest in protecting SushiSwap’s assets.

Fully autonomous and on-chain, Meiji DAO would also feature a new quadratic voting mechanism. The proposal explains quadratic voting as a principle whereby “whales see diminishing returns in shares granted instead of emphasizing the power of the average contributor, but the denominator slows the effectiveness of Sybilers”.

The move to replace the current SushiSwap DAO structure comes after asset management giant GoldenTree disclosed a $5.2 million investment in the protocol following the appointment of new CEO Jared Grey.


The SushiSwap community welcomed the injection of funds by GoldenTree, but was quickly left disappointed with the new CEO after his alleged involvement in past crypto scams was brought to light. Grey was quick to deny all allegations, including a surprising allegation of bestiality. 

SushiSwap currently ranks fifth in terms of DEX trading volume, according to data from DefiLlama. The exchange also ranks as the fifth largest decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol with more than $721 million in total volume locked (TVL).

On the Flipside

  • It’s unclear when the new proposal will be finished;
  • Some believe that, after GoldenTree’s investment of $5.2 million worth of SUSHI tokens, only proposals that stand to benefit the asset management firm will receive approval;
  • It is rumored that GoldenTree helped Jared Grey to become the new SushiSwap CEO.

Why You Should Care

SushiSwap is one of the largest decentralized finance platforms on the market. If the proposal to replace the SushiSwap DAO with Meiji DAO passes, it would become one of a handful of organizations to have completely overhauled its governance structure.

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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.