• Silvergate Bank, a crypto-friendly bank, has recently announced that they will be going through a voluntary liquidation process.
• This follows their involvement with the now defunct FTX Group and the subsequent inquiries into their business dealings.
• Silvergate has stated that all customer deposits will be paid in full throughout this winding down process.
Silvergate Announces Voluntary Liquidation
Silvergate Bank, a crypto-friendly bank, has recently announced that they will be going through a voluntary liquidation process following their involvement with the now defunct FTX Group and the subsequent inquiries into their business dealings. Silvergate has stated that all customer deposits will be paid in full throughout this winding down process.
Trouble began brewing for the bank after FTX’s collapse and the inquiries into just how much Silvergate knew about its business dealings. Looming trouble continued to compound as other crypto heavy-hitters like Coinbase and Kraken announced that they too would take their business elsewhere while Silvergate delayed releasing results of its K-10 report by several weeks – raising further concerns among investors. Last week, Silvergate also announced it was shutting down its crypto payment network – one of its main selling points for exchanges – which raised further questions over its intentions.
Voluntary Liquidation Confirmed
Today’s press release has confirmed Silvergate’s intention to shutter its doors and begin a voluntary liquidation – but not before paying back all customer deposits in full. It is hoped that this orderly wind down of operations bodes well for those involved as well as keeping disruption to customers minimal whilst allowing them to receive what is rightfully theirs from the bank.
What Does This Mean for Bitcoin?
It remains unclear at this stage what impact this news may have on Bitcoin prices or whether it could lead to wider implications for other cryptocurrencies or even traditional banking systems in general; however, it does serve as yet another reminder of just how fragile cryptocurrency can be – particularly when dealing with third parties like banks who can quickly come under scrutiny from authorities or have internal issues arise which could ultimately cause them to close up shop without warning or recourse for customers involved in transactions with them at the time of closure.
The announcement of today serves as an important reminder to those interested in trading cryptocurrencies: always ensure you do your due diligence before investing your money into any platform – regardless of whether it is backed by a trusted financial institution or not!