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Las Vegas-based crypto custodian Prime Trust files for bankruptcy

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Prime Trust filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after witnessing a shortage in customer funds.

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  • In June, the Nevada regulator announced its plan to take over the firm, alleging Prime Trust was nearly insolvent.
  • The firm will continue to function as “debtors-in-possession” under the jurisdiction of the bankruptcy court.

On 15 August, Las Vegas-based crypto custodian Prime Trust filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware after witnessing a shortage in customer funds.

The filing listed Prime Core Technologies Inc., Prime Trust, LLC, Prime IRA LLC and Prime Digital LLC as the entities requesting Chapter 11 relief.

The filing mentioned that the firm estimated 25,000-50,000 creditors. Its five largest claims amounted to a total of $105 million. The single largest unsecured creditor had a claim of $55 million; the second largest creditor was owed a total of $31.7 million.

Prime Trust said that its liabilities ranged from $100 million to $500 million. Meanwhile, its assets ranged from $50 million to $100 million.

An obvious consequence for the firm following financial troubles

In June, the Nevada regulator announced that it plans to take over the firm and freeze all of its businesses. It alleged that Prime Trust was nearly insolvent.

The same month, a rival crypto custodian BitGo also declared its intent to acquire the company, but backed out only two weeks later. BitGo did not provide any explanation for ending the deal.

Then, the Judicial District Court of Nevada ordered Prime Trust to be put into receivership last month.

The order followed the state asking the company to cease all of its operations amid a shortage in customer funds. It was also accused of utilizing customer funds to meet withdrawal requests since December 2021. John Guedry, former president of Bank of Nevada, would take over the company’s operations, the filing stated.

Currently, Prime Trust owed over $85 million in fiat to its clients but only had about $2.9 million. Prime Trust’s digital asset liabilities were of lower amount, with the company owing $69.5 million in crypto assets while holding approximately $68.6 million.

Prime Trust will continue to function as “debtors-in-possession” under the jurisdiction of the bankruptcy court.

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Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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