The Tokyo District Court has approved the commencement of civil rehabilitation in the ongoing Mt. Gox bankruptcy — with the process to expected to start early next year.
Mt. Gox Trustee Won’t Sell More Bitcoin
The announcement published on Mt. Gox website today reveals the tentative schedule on how civil rehabilitation is expected to proceed. The Mt. Gox bankruptcy claims-filing system has also been temporarily suspended.
The latest update contains mostly good news for Bitcoin price bulls — at least for the near-term.
The key highlights are that the Mt. Gox Trustee, Nobuaki Kobayashi, won’t sell any more bitcoin — at least for the foreseeable future until the creditors are reimbursed in bitcoin sometime early to mid-2019.
The document also notes:
At present, nothing has been determined regarding the sale of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies split from Bitcoin (collectively, “Bitcoin, etc.”) in the future.
Seems like the leftovers from the MtGox coins will not get dumped and are locked for a while longer until they’re being distributed. #Bitcoin https://t.co/6C1b4f0dRX
— WhalePanda (@WhalePanda) June 22, 2018
The creditors will be required to refile their claims by October 2018. Nevertheless, since Mt. Gox. still controls 137,890.96 BTC (almost $880 million USD) or 0.807 percent of all bitcoins currently in existence, any distribution of these funds could have an effect on cryptocurrency markets over the next year.
Kobayashi has been dubbed the ‘Mt. Gox Bitcoin Whale’ for selling $400 million in Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) from December 2017 to February 2018. For this reason, Kobayashi was blamed for triggering the market downturn during the given period, though the trustee has denied having an impact on bitcoin price.
Kobayashi reiterated the same in today’s update. The document reads:
As in sales from December 2017 to February 2018, upon consultation with cryptocurrency 6 transaction experts, Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash were sold in a manner that had no effect on market price and not by ordinary sale on an exchange, while ensuring the security of the transaction to the extent possible.
Nevertheless, traders have kept a close eye on the Mt. Gox stash in an effort to predict potential selloffs.
The next creditors’ meeting to report on the status of the civil rehabilitation process is scheduled for September 26, 2018.
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