A joint venture between GXD Labs, an affiliate of Atlas Grove Partners, and VanEck, an asset manager with approximately $89.5B under management, BRIC will seek to maximize recovery of certain assets and claims on behalf of cryptocurrency lender Celsius Networks’ bankruptcy estate
NEW YORK & MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GXD Labs and VanEck today announced that the companies have been appointed Complex Asset Recovery Manager and Litigation Administrator by the Debtors and Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in the Celsius Networks LLC bankruptcy. The appointment comes as Celsius exits bankruptcy protection, for which it filed in July 2022.
The companies will manage illiquid assets for the Celsius bankruptcy estate, working through the estate’s wind-down for the next three-plus years. The team behind the BRIC – including R Christian Wyatt and David Proman of GXD Labs, and Pranav Kanade and Matthew Babinsky of VanEck – has significant experience in complex asset recovery, litigation management, and liquid and illiquid cryptocurrencies.
“We are pleased to be working with VanEck to maximize value for Celsius creditors,” said David Proman, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of GXD Labs, an affiliate of Atlas Grove Partners “We have a deep history creating value in analogous situations and are grateful to be entrusted to work out Celsius’ institutional loans, private equity and venture capital investments, in addition to seeking recoveries through the direction of legal causes of action against corporate counterparties that caused harm to the Celsius Estate.”
“Our goal is to work with GXD Labs to maximize recoveries for Celsius creditors. VanEck has been engaged in the digital assets industry since 2017, and we welcome the opportunity to contribute our expertise through this joint venture,” said Kyle DaCruz, Director of Digital Assets Product at VanEck.
The companies are managing the assets through a joint venture, the Blockchain Recovery Investment Consortium (BRIC), which was created in early 2023 to maximize recoveries in complex digital asset bankruptcies like Celsius. BRIC will manage the monetization of illiquid assets (including litigation assets) and seek to distribute liquid cryptocurrency to creditors in a tax-efficient manner.
For further information for creditors, please contact CEL@gxdlabs.io.
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