New York Supreme Court Grants Bitfinex’s Motion to Modify Injunction

Justice Joel Cohen of the New York Supreme Court has granted the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange’s motion to modify an injunction from the New York Attorney General (NYAG), Bitfinex announced on May 16.Per the announcement, the court order will allow Bitfinex and affiliated stablecoin operator Tether to continue their normal business. It also states that the…

Banking, Bitfinex and the Hidden Irony of Crypto’s Newest Controversy

opinion Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. When I visited some early bitcoin startups in Hong Kong five years ago, they were…

Hodler’s Digest, April 29 – May 5: Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week

Top Stories This WeekFractional Reserve Stablecoin Tether Only 74% Backed by Fiat Currency, Say LawyersAccording to documents released by USD stablecoin tether’s (USDT) lawyers, the company behind the stablecoin only has enough fiat reserves to back a little less than three-quarters of its existing supply — 74%. Tether executives had previously publicly promised that each…

Bitfinex ‘Official Doc’ Confirms Plans to Raise up to $1 Billion in IEO for Its Token LEO

Zhao Dong, a shareholder of cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex, has released new promotional material detailing the exchange’s upcoming initial exchange offering (IEO) for up to $1 billion. The information was shared in a tweet from Dong on May 4.The document, allegedly released by iFinex — the company behind Bitfinex and Tether (USDT) — announces the availability…

Two Charged With Running ‘Shadow Banking’ Service for Crypto Exchanges

news The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it has hit two individuals with bank fraud charges in connection to a system for depositing funds to cryptocurrency exchanges. In a statement, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York alleged that Reginald Fowler of Arizona and Ravid Yosef, said to live in Tel…

NYAG Accusations ‘Filled With Inaccuracies,’ Says Bitfinex Letter to Users

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex stated that the recent allegations by the New York Attorney General (NYAG) about the exchange’s insolvency are “filled with inaccuracies and false assertions.” The exchange made the claim in a letter seen by Cointelegraph, emailed to Bitfinex users today, April 27.The letter was signed by the exchange’s CEO, Jean Louis van der…

Bitfinex Needs ‘A Few Weeks’ to Unfreeze Funds, CFO Tells Shareholder

feature Two Bitfinex shareholders said they were unconcerned by the New York Attorney General’s allegations that the cryptocurrency exchange lost $850 million of client and corporate funds. Zhao Dong, a Bitfinex shareholder who has tried to reassure the crypto community that the exchange is solvent and operational numerous times in the past, told CoinDesk Friday…