In a notable development, Terraform Labs, the company linked to the May 2022 Luna crash, has recently sought bankruptcy protection in the United States.
This legal status is typically granted to entities unable to fully settle their outstanding debts.
The company, recognized for its troubled cryptocurrency TerraUSD and $LUNA, reported estimated assets and liabilities ranging from $100 to $500 million.
Background and Luna Crash:
Recalling the events of May 2022, Terraform Labs, founded by Do Kwon, orchestrated the crash that inflicted substantial losses on investors, marking the beginning of a series of unfortunate incidents within the cryptocurrency ecosystem.
SEC Postpones Trial:
The bankruptcy filing closely follows an announcement by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to defer Do Kwon’s fraud trial to March 25.
This decision came after a request from Do Kwon’s legal team to delay the proceedings.
Terraform Labs submitted a Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection request at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, revealing estimated liabilities and assets in the range of $100 to $500 million.
The filing aims to enable the company to execute its business plan amid ongoing legal challenges, including litigation in Singapore and the United States.
Chris Amani, Terraform Labs’ CEO, emphasized in a statement that the Terra community exhibited remarkable resilience amid adversity.
The bankruptcy filing is deemed essential to continue pursuing collective goals while addressing outstanding legal issues.
Amani expressed confidence in overcoming challenges, citing the ecosystem’s growth post-depeg.
Do Kwon’s Legal Battles:
Do Kwon, the founder of Terraform Labs, faced legal repercussions following the May 2022 collapse. After being on the run until March 2023, he was apprehended in Montenegro for attempting to flee with falsified travel documents.
In February 2023, the SEC filed civil charges against him and his company for an alleged multi-billion dollar crypto asset securities fraud related to UST and Terra (LUNA).
There is growing speculation that Do Kwon might face criminal charges in both the United States and South Korea, with extradition efforts underway.
Reports suggest potential imprisonment of up to 40 years in South Korea for crimes allegedly committed there.
The Terraform Labs bankruptcy filing and the surrounding legal complexities underscore the challenges faced by the cryptocurrency industry.
As the legal proceedings unfold, the fate of Do Kwon and the future of Terraform Labs remain subjects of considerable interest and speculation.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn