Troubled crypto lender Hodlnaut is seeking protection from creditors a week after it halted withdrawals amid a liquidity crisis.
In its first update, the crypto platform stated that it has filed an application with the Singapore High Court to be placed under judicial management.
“We are aiming to avoid a forced liquidation of our assets as it is a suboptimal solution that will require us to sell our users’ cryptocurrencies such as BTC, ETH and WBTC at these current depressed asset prices,” it said.
Hodlnaut hopes for breathing space
According to Singaporean law, judicial management is a method for businesses in financial difficulties to recover. Under this, a judicial manager is selected to oversee the affairs, operations, and assets of a firm in financial crisis as part of the judicial management technique of debt restructuring.
The business has the chance to rebuild while being temporarily protected from legal action by outside parties. The company has requested that Tam Chee Chong of Kairos Corporate Advisory be appointed as Interim Judicial Manager and, later, Judicial Manager.
“This pause will provide us with the breathing space to focus our efforts on the recovery plan to rehabilitate the company,” said the platform. Meanwhile, as the application awaits a court hearing, the platform has vowed to provide the next update at the end of the week.
Hodlnaut has yet to provide a timeline for users to withdraw funds. But, typically, obtaining a judicial management order from the Singapore Court can take several months.
Zipmex, Vauld sought similar protection
Recently, the Singapore court granted creditor protection to Zipmex for three months, giving the exchange time to consult with regulators and develop a strategy to address the $53 million exposure from crypto lenders Babel Finance and Celsius.
In a similar move, the court had previously granted three months of creditor protection to Vauld as liquidity crises in the industry land on the doorstep of Singapore’s courts.
Last week, Hodlnaut suspended withdrawals, token swaps, and deposits for its users on the back of recent “market conditions.”
At the same time it was being reported that Hodlnaut notified the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) of its intention to withdraw its license application related to regulated digital payment tokens (DPT).
Meanwhile, once the South Asian center for crypto businesses, Singapore is lately dealing with bankruptcy blowups.
Last month, MAS chairman Tharman Shanmugaratnam stated in a written response to a parliamentary question that the Singapore Monetary Authority “has been carefully considering the introduction of additional consumer protection safeguards.”