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DEC 23, 2023

3AC liquidators estimate 46% recovery while BVI court freezes $1B

by CoinNess Global

The joint liquidators of the now-defunct Singaporean crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) have provided creditors with an estimated 45.74% recovery rate for their claims in the bankrupt estate. Meanwhile, in parallel proceedings in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), a court has frozen $1 billion of founders’ assets.
According to The Block, the details were disclosed in a December report to creditors by joint liquidators Russell Crumpler and Christopher Farmer of Teneo, the firm appointed to oversee the liquidation of the failed business.

$1.16B in assets

As of Dec. 18, the estimated value of 3AC’s assets was reported to be $1.16 billion, while claims totaling $2.7 billion are expected to be recognized for distribution. The liquidators highlighted that settlements in litigation against various parties, including DCG, Genesis and BlockFi, increased reported assets by an estimated $292 million. It’s important to note that the BlockFi settlement is still pending approval.
A total of 154 claims, valued at $3.4 billion, were filed against the 3AC estate. The report indicates that $200 million of claims were not admitted for distribution, and $322 million in claims have either been rejected or are expected to be rejected. Additionally, $76 million in claims are currently under dispute. The report reveals that initial distributions to creditors are being planned for the first quarter of the upcoming year.

Illiquid tokens

The breakdown of assets reveals that a large majority are illiquid tokens, subject to vesting periods, comprising 82% of the total. Only 6% of the portfolio is liquid, while equity and investments account for 6.9% and 4.8% is in cash. These illiquid tokens, totaling $563 million at current prices, consist of 13 different tokens with vesting schedules unlocking assets over the next three years, reaching $200 million by the end of 2024.
To date, the liquidators have staked some of these tokens, resulting in $5.4 million in staking rewards. Liquidation efforts, including the sale of $34.5 million worth of liquid tokens and $15 million in NFTs, along with other asset sales, have generated a total of $66 million.

Frozen assets

In a related development, Bloomberg reported on Thursday that a British Virgin Islands court has frozen assets totaling $1.1 billion belonging to 3AC co-founders Su Zhu and Kyle Davies, along with Davies’ wife Kelly Chen. The liquidators filed a claim for insolvent trading against the founders for $1.078 billion, with additional claims against Davies for $66 million and Chen for $4.6 million.
Teneo outlined the rationale behind the move in the following statement it made to Decrypt:
“The worldwide freezing order has been sought in connection with claims that are being pursued by the liquidators that allege, amongst other things, that the Founders should be held responsible for causing 3AC’s position to deteriorate by an amount that is equivalent to the value of the freezing orders sought.”
Su Zhu, who was under house arrest for the last few weeks, became free on Dec. 20. Zhu had been arrested in Singapore on Sept. 29 and sentenced to four months imprisonment, serving two-thirds of his sentence under house arrest.
Throughout the bankruptcy proceedings, legal fees have accumulated to $49.7 million while the report suggests ongoing efforts to maximize creditor recovery.
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