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Mystery Debtor Who Owes Celsius $439 Million Has Been Revealed

Fri, 07/15/2022 - 14:40
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Alex Dovbnya
This private lending platform reportedly owes Celsius $439 million
Mystery Debtor Who Owes Celsius $439 Million Has Been Revealed
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According to a report by Financial Times, EquitiesFirst, an institutional investment firm specializing in long-term asset-backed financing, is the mysterious borrower that owes Celsius an eye-popping $439 million.

In his recent court filing, CEO Alex Mashinsky referenced the debt owed by the firm without mentioning its name.

The Indianapolis-based specialist lender started lending Celsius money back in 2019. The company needed additional funds in order to finance, but it had very few available institutional lending options.

Two years later, EquitiesFirst failed to return Celsius' collateral, meaning that it turned into a borrower.

EquitiesFirst told Financial Times that both parties had agreed to extend their obligations.

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The firm, which was founded back in 2002, started making deals with cryptocurrency players in 2016.

It is worth noting that EquitiesFirst recently joined the U.S. bankruptcy proceedings for beleaguered hedge fund Three Arrows Capital before withdrawing in a matter of hours.

As reported by U.Today, Mashinsky recently acknowledged a $1.2 billion hole in the company's balance sheet, confirming earlier reports. Rumor had it that FTX had passed on acquiring the troubled lending firm because of the extremely poor state of its finances.

Earlier this week, Celsius finally filed for bankruptcy after suddenly halting withdrawals last week. One of the top names in cryptocurrency lending reached a valuation of $3.5 billion last year. The Florida-based company boasted more than 1.7 million customers.

Earlier this month, a new lawsuit, which alleges that Celsius was a blatant Ponzi scheme, was filed in New York.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at