Where in the world are Su Zhu and Kyle Davies? The founders of the cryptocurrency hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) are nowhere to be found, according to officials charged with liquidating the bankrupt company (via Reuters).
According to a court document filed on Friday, Zhu and Davies’ whereabouts are currently unknown, and the liquidators say they have not received “any meaningful cooperation” from the two. On Tuesday, a judge gave 3AC’s liquidators full control of 3AC’s assets, preventing them from transferring money from their accounts.
Singapore-based 3AC filed for Chapter 1[ads1]5 bankruptcy earlier this month, a move designed to protect foreign companies’ assets from US creditors. News of the bankruptcy petition surfaced after 3AC defaulted on a $ 670 million loan granted by crypto broker Voyager Digital, which has since also filed for bankruptcy. 3AC also failed to repay $ 270 million to the cryptocurrency exchange Blockchain.com. A court in the British Virgin Islands has given the business management company Teneo the task of overseeing 3AC’s liquidation.
Russell Crumpler and Christopher Farmer, two senior executives at Teneo, claim they have not been able to get in touch with Zhu and Davies. In the trial, Crumpler and Farmer claim that they joined a Zoom conversation with “people who identify as” Su Zhu “and” Kyle “, but” their video was turned off and they were muted all the time, and neither of them spoke despite the fact that questions are asked directly to them. “
During the Zoom conversation, the two founders communicated through representatives of the Singapore-based law firm, Advocatus and Solitaire. Farmer claims that he even tried to find Zhu and Davies at the 3AC headquarters in Singapore – only to find a locked door and a pile of unopened mail. Archive notes Zhu may be trying to sell his $ 35 million mansion in Singapore, citing various rumors.
Crumpler and Farmer claim that there is an “imminent risk” that the duo may try to transfer the company’s remaining funds elsewhere. “Here, this risk is increased because a significant part of the debtor’s assets consist of cash and digital assets, such as cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens, which are easily transferable,” the archive states. «The foreign representatives [Teneo]the debtor [3AC]and its creditors as a whole would be irreparably damaged if any disposition of the debtor’s assets were to take place during the provisional period. “
Unfortunately, our good faith in cooperating with the liquidators was met with bait. Hope they showed good faith in relation to the StarkWare token guarantees. pic.twitter.com/CF73xI8r6n
– Zhu Su (@zhusu) July 12, 2022
After Crumpler and Farmer filed the lawsuit, Zhu accused the liquidators of “luring.” IN a post on TwitterZhu attached two screenshots of e-mail correspondence between Crumpler and Advocatus and Kabal representative Christopher Anand Daniel, claiming that the liquidators were “eager to ask if the discussions were on an ‘open-minded basis'” so that they could “use the discussions in submissions without notice to ”Zhu and Davies.
“Therefore, it seems that unlike your representations that you sought to engage our customers in good faith, and constructively, you had already prepared to submit that application, and in fact lured our customers,” adds Daniel. He goes on to explain that the founders and their families have “received threats of physical violence” and have also “worked under a lot of time pressure” to answer questions from the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
That is the explanation why Davies and Zhu were allegedly not so cooperative with the liquidators. But they still have no plans to meet with Teneo’s agents – Daniels refused to participate in a phone call on their behalf. “Depending on your response, we will let you know when our customers can reasonably be expected to speak to you.”
Davies and Zhus’ apparent disappearance is not so uncommon in the crypto world. Users struggled to sue Binance last year after the stock market stopped trading while Bitcoin plunged in value … because they really could not figure it out how to sue. And in another case of weirdness, QuadrigaCX chief executive Gerald Cotten died, and his clients’ funds, valued at around $ 250 million, were missing. (Mysteriously, former Quadriga boss Michael Patryn went on to find the Wonderland DeFi protocol.)
The collapse of large cryptocurrency companies such as 3AC has caused a lot of damage to the crypto market which has probably not been fully realized yet. The crypto-loan companies Babel Finance and Celcius have also been shaken by the turbulent market, with both companies freezing transactions in the middle of a “crypto winter.”
Updated July 12, 18:57 ET: Updated to add a response from Su Zhu and his legal representative, as well as to note that a court has given liquidators control over 3AC’s assets.