- Grayscale is facing a lawsuit for conflict of interest claims and allegations of Bitcoin Trust mismanaging, citing “exorbitant” management fees.
- Alameda Research and other funds, comprising shareholders, are pushing for litigation, seeking customers’ crypto funds redemption.
- According to the plaintiff, Grayscale has violated its “contractual and fiduciary duties to Alameda and other trust investors.”
Grayscale Investment LLC, touted as the leading digital currency asset manager, is facing a lawsuit from its own shareholders, who call out the firm for mismanaging the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) as well as claims of conflict of interest.
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Grayscale faces lawsuit for GBTC mismanagement
Grayscale shareholders, comprising the sister firm of FTX exchange, Alameda Research, and funds such as like Fir Tree Partners, Saba Capital, Owl Creek Asset Management, UTXO Management, and Aristides Capital, have brought a lawsuit to the asset manager’s doorstep filed in the Chancery Court of Delaware.
Shareholders’ lawsuit against Grayscale
The plaintiff, Alameda Research and group, has lodged a campaign against Grayscale with the objective to compel the asset manager to return customer funds held in its trust. Allegedly, the firm has refused to allow customers to redeem their Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH).
The group also wants the firm to repay the inflated management fees that it charges, claiming it as “exorbitant.” Notably, court documents indicate that the firm has collected at least $1.3 billion in fees since 2021.
Accordingly, the litigation seeks to recover the funds and work out a restructure of both GBTC and Ethereum Investment Trust (ETHE) to fit “competitive rates.” The campaign saw the plaintiff set up a website to pull shareholders together in their joint cause, aligning with an article in their terms of agreement that states:
Shareholders can raise a case against the trust if unaffiliated parties collectively holding at least 10% of outstanding shares join together as co-plaintiffs.
Meanwhile, the asset manager is awaiting a decision from the US SEC after a delayed response in its appeal to have the GBTC converted into a spot BTC ETP. Notably, an ETP is how the Grayscale camp refers to an ETF.
Also Read: Grayscale advocates for spot BTC ETF approvals on behalf of customers but wants its GBTC added to the mix.
While the SEC approved Grayscale’s BTC futures ETF, it delayed a decision for the GBTC to ETP conversion.
The asset manager had taken the matter to court beginning June 29, 2022.
In the petition, Grayscale claimed that the SEC “randomly established that the proposal to list and trade the trust’s shares was not clear-cut to prevent manipulation and fraud.” According to the asset management firm, the SEC did this despite having approved BTC Futures ETFs that had the exact same vulnerabilities open to manipulation and fraud.
It should be noted that the regulator has also delayed a decision on Cathie Wood’s Ark Invest application, with seven pending decisions slated for the first week of September. Nevertheless, it is worth pondering over what it would mean to the SEC that Grayscale wants the same product it is accused of mismanaging converted into a spot BTC ETF.
Already, the regulator has established so many loops that applicants must jump over before securing approval. Former SEC chair Jay Clayton said it would be difficult to deny approval of spot Bitcoin ETF if efficacy is demonstrated. More recently, John Reed Stark, a former SEC staff, had mentioned that it would take a Republican regime for approval to come in.
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Source: FX STREET