Arrested MtGox founder can become multimillionaire

Mark Karpeles can become very rich again due to the fact of Bitcoin price jump
10 November 2017   1774

The founder of the MtGox exchange, Mark Karpeles, against whom the lawsuit on charges of embezzlement is underway, can take advantage of the rise in the price of bitcoin to make a huge profit. This is reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Monetary claims of the creditors of the closed Japanese exchange MtGox are based on the price of bitcoin in relation to the yen as of April 2014 (50,058 yen per bitcoin). MtGox, in turn, belongs to a company controlled by the former head of the exchange Mark Karpeles. At the disposal of Karpeles is 200,000 bitcoins (assets of the bankrupt exchange), the price of which has increased 17 times since that time (836,761 yen for bitcoin).

The bankruptcy proceedings of the MtGox exchange show that millions of dollars will remain at the disposal of former shareholders after the financial claims of creditors are satisfied.

Carpels himself denies his guilt in a criminal offense and does not believe that he will be able to save even part of the money. He believes that it will be difficult for him to find a buyer. In addition, he stressed, assets after bankruptcy are usually sold at their value at the time when the company announced insolvency.

The current situation indicates that the existing regulatory framework is not designed to resolve disputes in the bankruptcy of cryptocurrency exchanges. Many creditors would like to return their money in bitcoin-equivalent, but the Japanese legislation in this context does not provide for ownership of an unphysical object.

SEC to Start VanEck-SolidX BTC-ETF Consideration

Starting today, the 45-day countdown to the SEC initial decision was launched
20 February 2019   98

For the first time since August of last year, two proposals on the creation of a Bitcoin-ETF are under consideration by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The application of VanEck and SolidX, issued in cooperation with the Cboe BZX exchange, as expected, was included in the Federal Register issue this Wednesday, with which the 45-day countdown to the SEC initial decision was launched. The application of Bitwise Asset Management and NYSE Arca was published last week.

I … hope that our investment in regulatory and market education, hard work and commitment will be honored when the time comes.
 

Gabor Gurbacs

Director of digital asset strategy, VanEck

The head of Bitwise’s research department, Matt Hogan, believes that not only firms that have submitted bids to create Bitcoin-ETFs are looking for approvals, but and the entire “extremely fast-growing” crypto industry.

A year ago there was maybe one qualified crypto custodian … and now there are half-a-dozen, and that number will go up from here. A little more than year ago, we didn’t have futures. A year ago we didn’t have nearly as many firms making markets. A few months ago, you didn’t have folks like Fidelity announced in the space. It’s evolving really, really quickly.
 

Matt Hougan

Global head of research, Bitwise

 As reported, ultimately, however, a bitcoin ETF approval will depend on how companies approach their proposals.