CoinList Rejects Rumors of Insolvency and Bankruptcy as Contagion Spreads

Updated by Kyle Baird
In Brief
  • CoinList called rumors of insolvency and liquidity issues 'FUD.'
  • The exchange cited an issue with a custody provider as the reason behind deposit and withdrawal issues.
  • The crypto community is not convinced and is concerned that the exchange is in a dire state.
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Crypto exchange CoinList rejected all rumors of insolvency or a lack of liquidity, calling it FUD. The exchange has been experiencing deposit and withdrawal issues.

Crypto exchange CoinList rejected all rumors of the exchange being illiquid or insolvent, tweeting on Nov. 25 that the rumors were ‘FUD.’ The exchange clarified that the issues it faced in the past two weeks were technical ones that affected deposits and withdrawals. 

The tweet thread covered what was happening in the backend, with the team upgrading internal ledger systems. It is also migrating wallet addresses that involve multiple custodians. 

CoinList clarified that custodian issues resulted in some tokens “taking longer than anticipated to migrate.” It pointed to one custodian who had an outage yesterday and concluded that it held “all user assets dollar for dollar.” It also plans to release a proof-of-reserves audit in the future.

Prior to this tweet thread, the exchange did state that a custody partner was undergoing maintenance. Some tokens that were affected include FLOW, MINA, and CFG.

CoinList has experienced a few issues since Nov. 15, with delayed deposits for ALGO and other tokens. It provided the update for the custody issue on Nov. 17, and it continues to monitor the issue.

Crypto community fears bankruptcy

While CoinList is busy attempting to assuage any concerns about insolvency, the crypto community is showing some concern. CoinList was the receiving end of $35 million when Three Arrows Capital went bankrupt. 

There are some legitimate reasons for them to be concerned, as CoinList was mass deleting KYC accounts earlier in 2021. Other users saw that their accounts were also deleted, losing all access to what funds they had.

CoinList is one of the largest cryptocurrency crowdfunding platforms. Any insolvency issues would certainly have an impact on the market, though perhaps not on the scale of FTX.

CoinList was valued at $1.5 billion

CoinList made tremendous headlines last year when it was valued at $1.5 billion after a $100 million funding round. Investors include Fenbushi Capital, GoldenTree Asset Management, and Alphemy Capital. Accomplice VC and Agman Partners led the funding round.

The exchange had been known for its large volumes of Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC), setting records in 2020. While the exchange is dismissing reports of insolvency, the crypto community continues to worry and will watch it closely.

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