Troubled Vauld May Be Acquired and Come Under ‘Nexo Umbrella’
Singapore-based crypto lender Vauld may get acquired by major crypto lender Nexo (NEXO).
The news was announced by Vauld CEO Darshan Bathija today, stating that the exchange has signed “an indicative term sheet” with Nexo to buy “up to 100% of Vauld.”
The CEO added that,
“The completion of this transaction is pending due diligence - which both teams are working on as we speak.”
Per Bathija, this move comes as the company is “working tirelessly to ensure [users’] financials are protected,” given that a lot of the “customers are nervous about” their funds.
He stated that,
“Vauld has strived to deliver long term value to all customers, and we believe coming under the Nexo umbrella will significantly help achieve this.”
Nexo co-founder Antoni Trenchev was quoted by the Block as stating that,
“We have to see what exactly is on their books and it's going to take a little while. […] But since we have the [60-day] exclusive exploratory period, we are the only ones looking at them right now.”
The co-founder said that they are interested in Vauld because it has “huge traction in India and Southeast Asia, which are important markets to us.” Nexo is looking into whether they can restructure or refinance Vauld, Trenchev said, “so that it is functioning again, so that it is profitable within the Nexo umbrella.”
The Coinbase and other major investors-backed Vauld just yesterday announced that it had suspended all withdrawals, deposits, and trading citing "financial challenges" amid lingering sour market conditions.
Founded in 2018, Vauld is backed by the venture arm of Coinbase, Pantera Capital, Valar Ventures, CMT Digital, Gumi Cryptos, Compound Labs founder Robert Leshner, and Cadenza Capital. It is headquartered in Singapore with most of its workforce based in India. In late June, Vauld announced that it has laid off 30% of its workforce.
Meanwhile, back in mid-June, the UK-based Nexo put in an offer for assets of the troubled Celsius Network (CEL), which apparently fell through.
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