The Canadian problem cryptocurrency exchange – QuadrigaCX – reportedly has to refund its clients some CAD 250 million ($190 million). At the same time, the company management is still unable to access the money.
During the hearing at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court on January 31, the widow of exchange's CEO Gerald Cotten Jennifer Robertson confirmed that the stated sum was a real debt to platform's clients. Earlier, QuadrigaCX asked the court for creditor protection.
According to the released affidavit, 115,000 customers that used the exchange have about CAD 180 million in cryptos and CAD 70 million in fiats on their balances. As of end-January, the platform held 26,500 BTC, 11,000 BCH, 11,000 BSV, 35,000 BTG, 200,000 LTC, and 430,000 ETH ($147 million in total). The bulk of these funds are probably kept in cold storage, with only a minimal amount of coins moved to the hot wallets, as added Jennifer Roberston.
QuadrigaCX representatives claim that CEO Gerald Cotten, who allegedly died in early December 2018, was the only person who had access to cold storage.
At the same time, some market analysts believe the exchange has never stored above 100 BTC at all. According to the sources in the know, it was found a cluster of addresses controlled and used by the exchange to make transfers among customers, with none of the transactions leading to the wallet which could be called reserve or cold. Nevertheless, the experts note that their assumptions may not be true.
Moreover, some crypto users call Kraken exchange to acquire the Canadian bad asset. The corresponding petition has been filed on the related service lately.
The author notes that QuadrigaCX was once the country's largest bitcoin exchange, and if Kraken buys it and returns users the funds they lost, the move will substantially improve loyalty to the brand and Kraken’s reputation.