Mt. Gox, the defunct and disgraced bitcoin exchange (at one time the biggest in the world) is preparing a final chapter in a long, sorted ordeal. Creditors have coalesced around a repayment scheme to make victims whole. It includes what might amount to $1.3 billion in returned bitcoin cash (BCH) and bitcoin core (BTC) as early as summer of 2019.
Mt. Gox Creditors Outline Plans for Repayments by Summer of Next Year
The civil rehabilitation plan, a legal maneuver short of formal bankruptcy within the Japanese system, has been updated this August, relating to Mt. Gox and making victims whole. In an announcement published recently, creditors revised policy to better reflect feedback from the previous iteration.
The revision includes how formal repayment to victims will be in bitcoin cash (BCH) and bitcoin core (BTC) through existing accounts on various exchanges or pre-approved, newly opened accounts. “We think it desirable that the BTC and BCH be sent to exchanges in which many creditors have accounts or can open accounts easily,” creditors clarified.
Another sticky issue seemingly resolved, at least for now, is that of fiat paper, cash. Gox still holds residual cash from previous sales, and creditors wish that repaid to who they term “monetary creditors” first.
168,000 in BCH and 160,000 in BTC
Alternative coins to either BCH or BTC are no longer being considered in the creditors’ repayment scheme. Differing selections of alts, their notorious volatility, all conspired against their usage in this matter. Creditors describe the notion as “unrealistic.” True too would be such a dump on broader altcoin markets. “There is a possibility that the sale of the altcoins by the trustee would cause a sudden fall in the price of altcoins and security problems may arise if the trustee moves the altcoins. Therefore, the trustee should proceed with the sale of altcoins with careful consideration of these matters,” Gox creditors insisted.
The August statement details how 168,000 in bitcoin cash and 160,000 in bitcoin core, combined with Gox “derivatives” will be paid by the trustee, summer of next year, assuming the rehabilitation is formally approved (which seems likely). The overall resolution plan itself appears to be lagging, and so it is suspected to be submitted by mid February of next year. Depending on the price, of course, payouts could be worth well north of $1 billion, akin to $1.3 billion as of this writing.
Mt. Gox was at one point the world’s most popular bitcoin exchange, accounting for a supermajority of BTC’s volume just four years ago. It eventually went bust after 744,000 bitcoin core vanished. Creditors have spent years trying to recover losses. Last year, they petitioned Japanese bankruptcy officials to allow the case be settled in civil rehabilitation. The court eventually granted the request summer of this year. The trustee, Nobuaki Kobayashi, held over 200k bitcoin, liquidating some 30,000 by spring. The rehabilitation plan under Mr. Kobayashi won’t have to liquidate assets such BCH and BTC going forward. Creditors will be formally advised of claim procedures most likely this month.