Amid the ongoing insolvency risk, crypto lender Celsius has hired restructuring attorneys from the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Fast facts

  • Celsius is exploring financing options from investors and other strategic alternatives like financial restructuring, the WSJ reported. 
  • On June 13, Celsius halted all withdrawals and transfers citing “extreme market conditions.”
  • Celsius, which offered yields on customer deposits, managed over US$11.8 billion in assets as of May 17, 2022, from 1.7 million users, according to its website
  • The U.S. crypto legislation introduced last week aims to protect investors in situations where cryptocurrency exchanges go bust by ensuring their assets are held separately. 

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