Terraform Labs (TFL), the company liable for the controversial stablecoin TerraUSD that triggered upheaval in cryptocurrency markets in 2022, has officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States. The move was disclosed in court documents submitted on Sunday.
Singapore-based Terraform Labs submitted the filing to the bankruptcy court in Delaware, disclosing assets and liabilities within the $100-$500 million range.
Despite the financial distress, the company has affirmed its commitment to meeting all obligations to employees and vendors during the Chapter 11 proceedings without additional financing.
Terraform Labs also expressed its intention to proceed with the expansion of Web3 offerings amid the bankruptcy process.
Business Continuity Amid Legal Challenges:
In an official statement, Terraform Labs asserted that the Chapter 11 filing is a strategic move to execute its business plan while navigating ongoing legal challenges.
These challenges include representative litigation pending in Singapore and a U.S. legal battle involving the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
SEC Civil Case and Postponed Trial:
The SEC’s civil case against Terraform Labs and its co-founder, Do Kwon, is directly linked to the collapse of TerraUSD, a stablecoin designed to maintain a constant $1 price.
The case also involves the more traditional token Luna, closely associated with TerraUSD. Recently, a federal judge decided to postpone the trial of the SEC against the company and Kwon.
The delay aims to facilitate Kwon’s extradition for alleged participation in a $40 billion cryptocurrency fraud.
Impact on Cryptocurrency Markets:
Kwon and Terraform Labs faced repercussions for the collapse of two cryptocurrencies, resulting in turbulence across global crypto markets two years ago.
TerraUSD and Luna suffered estimated losses exceeding $40 billion when TerraUSD failed to maintain its $1 peg in May 2022.
The bankruptcy filing adds another layer to the complex narrative surrounding Terraform Labs and the aftermath of the TerraUSD collapse.