Crypto Lender Celsius Wins Court Approval for Customer Withdrawals, Flare Token Airdrop
Bankrupt crypto lender Celsius Network secured approval to process certain customer withdrawals, several court orders filed on Tuesday show.
One, signed by Judge Martin Glenn of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, authorizes Celsius to return funds transferred to the platform after the company filed for bankruptcy on July 14, 2022, subject to certain conditions. Another authorizes a Flare token airdrop to eligible owners of XRP locked on the platform.
The orders follow a Tuesday court hearing in which the lender's lawyers proposed a plan to return funds to creditors with locked assets above a certain threshold by issuing a token. Other customers, which the attorneys said make up the majority of creditors, would receive a one-time distribution in liquid crypto. The plan has yet to receive approval from the U.S. Trustee's Office or other regulators.
Customers are allowed to withdraw funds transferred to the platform after the bankruptcy petition date in the form of crypto "net of any gas fees or transaction costs," according to the order. The withdrawals will need to be approved by the appointed committee of creditors should the transfer amount exceed $40,000 (and the transferor received more than of $200,000 from Celsius during the three months leading up to the bankruptcy filing).
Another order, also signed by Judge Glenn, greenlighted a Flare token airdrop to eligible creditors. Flare, which initially aimed to be a decentralized-finance (DeFi) application that used XRP tokens, earlier this month distributed tokens to XRP holders after a two-year wait. Those who held at least one XRP at the time of a snapshot in December 2020 – which recorded the contents of a blockchain ledger at a given time – qualified for the airdrop and should receive one token for each XRP held.
The court order approves Flare tokens to be distributed to Celsius account holders that owned XRP at the time of the snapshot. Celsius itself qualifies to receive 150 million of the tokens, valued at around $0.04 on Wednesday.