Bitfinex Shareholder Claims Tether Backed with $3B

According to investor and shareholder Zhao Dong, he saw the balance of the Tether and Bitfinex bank account
06 February 2018   552

Zhao Dong, a well-known Chinese investor and shareholder of Bitfinex, claims to have seen with his own eyes the balance of the Tether and Bitfinex bank account during a recent meeting with Bitfinex Financial Director Giancarlo Devasini. This is reported by Bitcoin.com.

Lao Mao (CEO, Big One) (and I) just had a look at the USD account of Tether and Bitfinex in Giancarlo’s (Boss of BFX, CFO) room, in which Tether’s account holds 1.8x billion USD and Bitfinex holds 1.1x billion USD. The total number of the two accounts is around 3 billion USD, which is beyond the current circulated supply of USDT. This debunks all rumors around USDT.
 

Zhao Dong

Shareholder, Bitfinex

The chief executive officer of Big.one published a blog post following the trip, in which an interview between Mr. Devasini and one of Lao Mao’s associates is made public. 

The Bitfinex team has aroud 50 people. The Tether team does not work for money. As early as bitcoin investors, the team has a sense of responsibility and mission. Tether can no longer be limited to the US dollar. Company can use the euro, the Japanese yen and other fiat currencies.
 

Giancarlo Devasini
CFO, Bitfinex

He also noted that the company does not intend to disclose all the details of its relations with banks, which is supposedly a reciprocal measure of pressure from the US banking industry, which in every possible way interferes with Tether's activities.

From the interview, Mao concluded that "we can trust Tether and USDT."

The mood of Mao relative to the Tether tokens has recently changed markedly. In November of last year, he urged the exchange to not integrate couples with USDT.

In addition, the authors of the report criticized Tether and Birfinex for lack of transparency in their relations with banks, and specifically Tether - for the fact that the issuer presented audits of the auditor Friedman LLP as full-fledged audits, although they were not.

Third-Party Audit Finally conducted by Tether

All the allegations stating claiming that Tether has “unencumbered assets exceed the balance of fully-backed USD Tethers” are cleared by the report
21 June 2018   296

After recently conducting an audit, Tether declared, that a law firm had confirmed that, as of 1st June, the company has more than bountiful amount of USD for the circulating USDT tokens. Tether was supported by the services of Washington-based law company Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP (FSS) to revise bank account documents and to randomly inspect circulating Tethers and corresponding USD reserves.

Tether on their Twitter
Tether on their Twitter

As for  the firm’s credit, it was founded by 3 former federal judges. Earlier this year Tether involved Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan LLP to survey bank account documentation and to perform an inspection of the numbers of Tethers in circulation & the corresponding currency reserves.

The law company also declared Tether’s compliance to AML standards, paperwork towards to personnel and corporate structure, and historical records about the amount of issued and outstanding Tethers, along with a variety of other documents. Tether’s problem began as the company parted its ways with its previous auditing partner Friedman LLP in late January. Even after facing a massive backlash the firm did not hire any third-party to go through its books. Because of the firm’s ties with the crypto exchange Bitfinex, it faced many allegations for the Bitcoin price manipulation. 

On June 13th, two researchers at the University of Texas at Austin issued a report called “Is Bitcoin Really Un-Tethered?” in that they stated to have found fresh evidence of Tether’s market manipulation tactics of Bitcoin and other major altcoins by flooding the market with USDT. Tether in their recent transparency update, admitted the scrutiny and affirmed that “much of the speculation and negative reporting” was due to “misunderstandings” of the firm’s business model.