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Grant Thornton Has Published a New Update Regarding Cryptopia Liquidation

Lorna Udinese

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The liquidators of the hacked New Zealand’s crypto exchange Cryptopia has released a new update regarding Cryptopia liquidation.

We have undertaken a significant legal process to further secure the crypto-asset holdings. This is a very positive development.
We have obtained Chapter 15 Bankruptcy Recognition in the United States. Now that the Recognition Order has been entered, certain protections apply to Cryptopia and its property within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States. An “automatic stay” is effective and acts as a moratorium in favour of Cryptopia and its property within the territorial limits of the United States concerning pre-petition claims including litigation (whether class action or otherwise), creditor collection efforts with respect to Cryptopia’s assets in the United States, and efforts by contract counterparties to terminate contracts with Cryptopia. 
A similar automatic stay against legal action is also in force under New Zealand insolvency law.

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We continue to liaise with our legal advisors to determine how crypto-assets could be returned to customers. However, due to the January hack, this is a complex and time-consuming process. For example, an Exchange that has been hacked cannot simply be reopened. We have certain legal requirements and obligations both in New Zealand and internationally that liquidators must meet, such as Anti Money Laundering/Know Your Client (AML/KYC) requirements when considering any repayment or return of assets.

Most probably this means Cryptopia users who did not fill out KYC won’t be able to recover their coins again. This a really bad move from Cryptopia against it’s users.

Full time technology researcher. Lorna been involved with the world of cryptocurrency since 2012 when he first invested in Bitcoin. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact her at [email protected]

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STEX Exchange Adds Indian Rupee

Sying Tien

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STEX Exchange Adds Indian Rupee

The Estonian cryptocurrency exchange, STEX, has added support to Indian Rupee payments within its platform. Users will be able to perchance cryptocurrency for INR – Indian Rupee with using VISA or Mastercard.

STEX exchange is a centralized cryptocurrency exchange that was founded by Vadym Kurylovych and launched in September 2017. The exchange located in Tallinn, Estonia. The exchange It supports crypto-to-crypto and fiat-to-crypto trading with no withdrawal limits.

Estonia is also one of the few countries that have a specific license issued for cryptocurrency exchanges, with simple company setup procedures and favorable taxation.

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ARK Price Jumps 48% After Binance’s Announcement

June G. Bauer

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ARK Price Jumps

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, has officially enabled ARK staking on its exchange platform. Users can earn passive income by just holding at least 5 ARK coins on their exchange wallets.

Following Binanace’s announcement, the value of the cryptocurrency ARK coin rose by 48 percent last night. At the time of writing, ARK coin is worth $0.214, giving it a $25.8 million market cap.

Ark is one of the most ambitious solid projects in the crypto space. Ark is an all-in-one blockchain platform that aims to create an entire ecosystem of linked chains and a virtual spider web of endless use cases that make ARK highly flexible, adaptable, and scalable.

What is Crypto Staking?

In practice, staking allows customers to earn what is essentially interest on any cryptocurrency they hold, rewarding HODLers with a stream of passive income.

Currently, Binance supports staking for several PoS (Proof of Stake) coins, including Stellar (XLM), Algorand (ALGO), NEO (GAS), Ontology (ONG), VeChain (VTHO), Tron (BTT), Komodo (KMD), Stratis (STRAT), and Qtum (QTUM).

ARK/USD Price

*Charts are provided by cryptocompare.com

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ShapeShift Acquires Portis Wallet

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Switzerland-based crypto exchange ShapeShift has acquired Portis crypto wallet for an undisclosed sum.

According to the acquisition announcement, all ShapeShift users will be able to log in to most leading Web3 applications like OpenSea, Augur, and Uniswap and will be able to get access to commission-free coin conversions on all major chains (not just Ethereum and ERC-20 tokens), and super fast fiat-to-crypto via a debit card.

Portis, an Israeli startup that offers a non-custodial web3 provider offered as an SDK to developers. It was was founded in May 2018 by CEO Tom Teman and Itay Radotzki and has developed a crypto wallet app (DApps) based on the blockchain of ethereum.

Last November, ShapeShift has integrated Portis wallet so Users can gain access to the exchange’s end-to-end encryption architecture, which would give users full control over their private crypto keys.

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