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Genesis eyes fast resolution to creditor disputes and bankruptcy exit in May

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A lawyer for bankrupt crypto lending firm Genesis is optimistic the firm can resolve its creditor disputes as early as this week and the company could come out of Chapter 11 proceedings by late May.Genesis’ lawyer Sean O'Neal made the comments at a Jan.

23 initial hearing at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, according to a Reuters report.He added Genesis had "some measure of confidence" it would resolve disputes with creditors by the end of the week and, if needed, would look for the judge to install a mediator, but said:Genesis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Jan.

19. At the time it already had a restructuring plan along with a path pursuing a “sale, capital raise, and/or an equitization transaction" so it could potentially “emerge under new ownership.”The bankruptcy comes nearly two months after Genesis suspended withdrawals in November 2022 citing market turbulence caused by the bankruptcy of crypto exchange FTX.A series of "first-day" motions, standard in bankruptcy proceedings, were granted by Judge Sean Lane to Genesis which included allowing the firm to pay employees and vendors.Lane added Genesis did not need to reveal customer names on its creditor's list, citing privacy concerns.

Lane even suggested the lender warn users about possible phishing scams if the names are later made public.Genesis said it will sell its assets at auction with a plan to exit its bankruptcy in a little under four months on May 19.Related: BlockFi exec argues bankruptcy court should approve bonuses to retain talentIt reported having just over $5 billion in assets and liabilities and owes over 100,000 creditors at least $3.4 billion.

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