Zipmex Gets 3-Month Creditor Protection
The Singapore High Court has extended Zipmex's moratorium by three months after the exchange was hamstrung by its exposure to crypto firms Babel Finance and Celsius Network.
Zipmex (ZMT) was the latest victim of a crypto contagion spurred by the collapse of the TerraUSD stablecoin when it revealed in July that it has US$48 million (S$66 million) of exposure to Babel and US$5 million with Celsius.
On July 22, the business applied for a moratorium to prevent creditors from suing Zipmex Asia and other major operating subsidiaries. Zipmex Pte Ltd (the Singapore entity), Zipmex Company Limited (the Thai business), Zipmex Australia, and PT Zipmex Exchange Indonesia are all listed as applicants.
Committee Given Extra 3 Months
ZMT had asked for an additional five months to pay off its debts, but on Monday, August 15, Justice Aedit Abdullah voiced worries about the company's lack of communication with its creditors and customers in Thailand. He gave the committee an extra three months, until December 2, to resolve the issues they brought up, with the possibility of further extension.
In the moratorium application hearing on August 1, Justice Abdullah praised Defi Payments for its efforts to involve its creditors.
ZMT has three different investment offers on the table right now. The business has agreed to terms with two investors and received a non-binding letter of offer from a third. Lawyer for ZMT, Jonathan Tang from Morgan Lewis Stamford, claimed that each investor plans to inject capital into the company by purchasing shares in ZMT Asia or by injecting crypto assets into the company in exchange for shares.
The withdrawal process on ZMT was paused in July, although customers have been able to withdraw some Ether and Bitcoin since August 11 and August 16, respectively.
There is a total debt of around $1.1 million represented by the objections. After stating on July 25 that it was collaborating with law enforcement to investigate potential public losses as a result of Zipmex's difficulties, Thailand's Securities and Exchange Commission has been closely monitoring the effects of the company's troubles on Thai consumers.
Several other cryptocurrency firms have also sought bankruptcy protection in recent months. A moratorium has been placed on Defi Payments' application for a Singapore digital payment token license as the company attempts to restructure the US$402 million in debt it owes to around 147,000 creditors worldwide.
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