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Court Extends QuadrigaCX Creditor Protection to April 2019

QuadrigaCX, the embattled Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, has obtained an extension to the court-ordered investor protection until April 23. Meanwhile, Jennifer Robertson, widow of founder Gerald Cotton, is requesting reimbursement of money spent on legal fees. 

Court Approves Appointment of Restructuring Officer

According to Bloomberg, Justice Michael Wood of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Tuesday (March 5, 2019) approved the appointment of Peter Wedlake as the chief restructuring officer of QuadrigaCX. The Court also extended the investor protection order granted to the company until April 23, 2019.

Wedlake is a partner and senior vice president at Grant Thornton. At the back end of February 2019, Robertson, along with stepfather Tom Beazley, submitted an affidavit to the Court asking for Wedlake’s appointment. According to Robertson, a lack of experience in matters relating to insolvency and the public scrutiny attached to the proceedings were the reason for the request.

This new date means there will be a further 47-day stay of proceedings once the initial order expires on March 7, 2019. According to the third report issued by Ernst and Young, the court-appointed monitor on the case, representatives of the creditors had demanded that any further extension shouldn’t go beyond 30 days.


Widow of QuadrigaCX Founder Requests Reimbursement

Meanwhile, Robertson is also asking for a reimbursement of money spent on legal fees during the proceedings to secure investor protection from the Court. Cotton’s widow says she spent about $225,000 in interim financing from the late founder’s estate.

The Court adjourned hearing on the request to a later date. However, QuadrigaCX creditors have reportedly raised issues with Robertson’s claim. According to the concerned creditors, the monitor is still in the process of reviewing the platform’s assets.

Challenging the reimbursement request, Gavin D.F. MacDonald of Cox and Palmer, said:

The repayment contemplated by the cash flow is inappropriate until such time as the monitor has reviewed the requested information and satisfied itself as to the source of funds used to fund the CCAA proceeding.

Latest on the ‘Missing Funds’

The third report released by monitor showed that QuadrigaCX held accounts on numerous cryptocurrency exchanges including Kraken, Poloniex, and Bitfinex. The details of the report also confirmed findings published by independent cryptocurrency researcher James Edwards.

Meanwhile, as reported by Ernst and Young, all known QuadrigaCX cold wallets are empty and have been so since mid-2018, long before the start of the crisis. As reported by Bitcoinist, Kraken is offering a $100, 000 to anyone who can locate the ‘missing’ QuadrigaCX funds.

QuadrigaCX, once the largest Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, owes its customers upwards of $190 million in virtual currency and fiat.

Should Robertson be reimbursed for money spent on legal fees when creditors haven’t been settled? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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