Court Approves Binance US Purchase of Bankrupt Crypto Lender Voyager

• The asset purchase agreement between Binance US and bankrupt crypto lender Voyager Digital has reportedly received initial court approval despite objections from various regulators, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
• The court greenlighted the deal despite objections by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and a number of state securities regulators.
• Under the agreement with Binance, Voyager’s customers will be transferred to the Binance US crypto trading platform, and the deal also includes a $20 million cash payment.

The asset purchase agreement between Binance US, the U.S. arm of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, and bankrupt crypto lender Voyager Digital, has been approved by the court, despite objections from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and a number of state securities regulators.

Voyager attorney Joshua Sussberg said during Tuesday’s court hearing that the cryptocurrency lender was responding to the concerns raised by the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). CFIUS had said in a Dec. 30 court filing that its review „could affect the ability of the parties to complete the transactions, the timing of completion, or relevant terms.“

Under the agreement with Binance, Voyager’s customers will be transferred to the Binance US crypto trading platform. This means that Voyager customers would be able to withdraw their funds for the first time since July last year, when the crypto lender filed for bankruptcy. In addition to the transfer of customers, the deal also includes a $20 million cash payment.

Sussberg commented that the parties were coordinating with Binance and their attorneys to not only deal with the CFIUS inquiry, but to voluntarily submit an application to move the process along. The attorney added that the asset purchase agreement has been structured in a manner to ensure that the customers’ rights will be protected.

The asset purchase agreement is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2021, if all parties involved are satisfied with the terms of the deal. The SEC and other regulatory bodies have yet to comment on the court’s decision.