Insolvent crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) is at the center of attention once again after some mystifying transactions were spotted on Tuesday evening. Firstly, the wallet address linked to Three Arrows Capital withdrew 20,945 Lido Staked Ether (stETH), worth an approximate $33.3 million USD. The funds had been staked on Curve Finance, however, that wasn’t the end of the story, as a multitude of other transactions followed just hours later.
Three Arrows Capital (3AC) Takes out Multiple Assets
Immediately after the hefty withdrawal from Curve, the execs of Three Arrows Capital went on to retrieve $4 million in Tether (USDT), and a further $4 million in Wrapped Bitcoin (wBTC). The wallet linked to Three Arrows Capital was then topped up with an additional installment of $4 million worth of Wrapped Ether (wETH), putting the firm’s Convex Finance withdrawals at a cumulative $12 million.
Teneo, the liquidators appointed by the British Virgin Islands court, has so far refrained from commenting on the situation. Up to now, liquidators Crumpler & Farmer have been playing a cat and mouse game with Su Zhu and Kyle Davies. The liquidators found nothing but an empty office with dusty mail piled up on their first visit to the Three Arrows Capital headquarters, and were ghosted in a later emergency Zoom meeting as well. On top of that, Su Zhu broke his silence a month later, admonishing the liquidators for their bad manners.
An Act of Desperation or a Well-calculated Step?
One potentially valid explanation for the withdrawal of Lido Staked Ether and Wrapped Ether could be related to the upcoming Ethereum 2.0 event, dubbed ‘the Merge’. Many crypto platforms across the sector have paused all transfers related to Ethereum (ETH) until such a time as the Merge has been completed, meaning that this move could have been made in anticipation of that. However, this does not explain the withdrawal of the rest of the digital assets.
According to court proceedings, 3AC owes a whopping $3.5 billion spread across at least 27 companies. The biggest among the 27 is Genesis, owned by the Digital Currency Group (DCG). Despite refusing to comment on the recent developments, Teneo has confirmed that they are exerting their best efforts to “maximize asset recoveries on behalf of all creditors.”
On the Flipside
- With the lack of clear motive behind the unexpected withdrawals made yesterday, the liquidators dealing with the case received the green light from Singapore’s high court to launch a probe on Three Arrows Capital’s assets in Singapore.
Why You Should Care
The Terra (LUNA) washout on May caused a domino effect across the crypto industry. 3AC had seemed, to all intents and purposes, to be a prospering crypto fund, but the exposure to Terraform Labs in the form of $600M in investments marked the start of the hedge fund’s regrettable ending.