• Two of the largest creditors of Mt. Gox have chosen an early payment option that allows them to receive their funds without having to sell off their Bitcoin holdings.
• The two creditors, Bitcoinica and MtGox Investment Funds (MGIF), are expected to receive 90% of their recoverable funds in a mix of BTC, BCH, and yen by September 2023.
• If creditors decline the lump sum payout, they will have to wait for the conclusion of civil rehabilitation litigation which could take up to 9 years.
Mt. Gox Creditors Opt for Bitcoin Payment
Mt. Gox, the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange that got hacked in 2014 leading to the loss of 850,000 BTC, has two largest creditors who have opted for an early lump sum payment option that will not require a selloff of their Bitcoin holdings.
The payment is scheduled for September 2023 and includes a mix of BTC, BCH, and yen as compensation for 90% of recoverable funds estimated at 21% of original holdings at the time of hack. This is an attractive option compared to waiting until all Mt. Gox litigation concludes which could take 5-9 years with no guarantee on how much creditors would receive in return.
When hackers stole 850,000 BTC from Mt. Gox in 2014 it was valued at $460 million at the time leaving 142,000 BTC remaining alongside 143,000 bitcoin cash (BCH) and 69 billion Japanese yen left behind on the platform.
Benefits Of Early Payout Option
By opting for this early payout option both Bitcoinica and MGIF can receive payments sooner without having worry about any potential market impacts from large-scale selloffs taking place within this period.
By selecting an early payment option these two biggest creditors are guaranteed 90% of recoverable funds while avoiding any subsequent market impacts that could occur due to large scale sell-offs over a long period