Bitcoins in Bankruptcy: Trouble Ahead for Investors and Bankruptcy Professionals?

Bitcoins in Bankruptcy: Trouble Ahead for Investors and Bankruptcy Professionals?

 It is hard to ignore the media attention surrounding Bitcoin these days. Within the last few months, the virtual currency has surged to new highs, was the focus of a Congressional hearing, and was the subject of comments by former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who stated that it and other such currencies “may hold long-term promise.” As Bitcoin gains legitimacy, companies offering Bitcoin-related services have sprouted. As with any new industry, however, although there may be spectacular successes, there also will be many failures. A reminder of this is that amid the frenzy, a company named Alydian recently filed the first Bitcoin-related bankruptcy. Accordingly, Bitcoin users and investors in Bitcoin companies should be aware that the qualities of Bitcoin that make it attractive outside of bankruptcy, could present major difficulties in a bankruptcy proceeding. For more, please click here to read the full article published in the February/March 2014 Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law.

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