Mt. Gox CEO Claims Coinlab & Brock Pierce Deals Never Transpired

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Mt. Gox CEO Claims the Coinlab and Brock Pierce Deals Never Materialized

On Feb. 19, the previous CEO of Mt. Gox, Mark Karpeles, offered an interview on the Youtube program “What Bitcoin Did”. In episode 76, Karpeles talked about the platform’s insolvency, Coinlab’s monstrous claim for $16 billion, and Brock Pierce’s attempt to restore the defunct exchange.

Karpeles Discusses Two Important Subjects: Coinlab and the Gox Rising Plan

Mark Karpeles is well known for his function as the CEO of Mt. Gox before the trading platform was hacked and collapsed into personal bankruptcy. Over the last couple of years, Karpeles has been through a lot handling the personal bankruptcy procedures and his own trial where he’s been accused of embezzlement. Nevertheless, at the start of his newest interview, Karpeles emphasized that he wanted to discuss 2 very important topics during the recording.

“Considering the situation with the Mt. Gox bankruptcy there are two things I wish to make certain are understood. One is about Brock Pierce and these claims … or rather what he’s attempting to do with Mt. Gox, which I’m not sure of. And the other thing I want people to learn about is the Coinlab claim,” Karpeles stated throughout his opening statements.

Karpeles Discusses Two Important Subjects
The former CEO of Mt. Gox detailed that the deal between Mt. Gox and Coinlab never came to fruition because Coinlab failed to meet the contract’s requirements. Karpeles says that the deal between Mt. Gox and Sunlot Holdings is also nonbinding because it failed to meet the approval of the Tokyo court in 45 days.

Karpeles mentions that the last few years have been “extremely hectic” since the preliminary insolvency began on Feb. 28, 2014. From there he began working with the court trustee, but in 2015 Karpeles detailed that the Japanese authorities believed Mt. Gox was an “inside job” and they apprehended him. The previous Mt. Gox CEO likewise said that U.S. investigators has been involved with the Mt. Gox case, specifically, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was “the primary entity.” Karpeles states he spent 11 and 1/2 months in detention and during that time he had no contact with the outside world. He mentioned on how he followed a few of the news reports surrounding what was occurring with the personal bankruptcy procedures from inside prison, but could not do anything until he was released on July 14, 2016.

A couple of weeks later on the declared Btc-e operator Alexander Vinnik was jailed in Greece. At the time Karpeles says he was personally examining the missing 600,000 Mt Gox bitcoins. Karpeles thinks Vinnik’s arrest is a step in the right direction towards discovering them. When the price of Bitcoin skyrocketed in the fall of 2017 there was a concern with the personal bankruptcy as Mt. Gox had more asset value than liabilities. However by 2018, after the price crashed, “things didn’t look so good” Karpeles noted, however, everything was beginning to look better when the case got in civil rehabilitation. Karpeles further emphasized that after things were somewhat fixed through the improvement of civil rehabilitation, there was “no surplus” by then.

Coinlab’s Compliance Struggle Clearly Violated the US Contract With Mt. Gox

Karpeles then talked about how Mt. Gox made the preliminary deal with Coinlab but explained the contract needed Coinlab to satisfy the U.S. license requirements. According to Karpeles, the company found out Coinlab could not get compliance to run Mt. Gox operations in the U.S. and the offer faltered. He stated Mt. Gox representatives tried to contact Coinlab but the business did not respond to requests about the circumstance. Karpeles stated Mt Gox then asked Coinlab for a timeline on how they would abide by getting U.S. licensing and a couple of months later on they filed a lawsuit against Mt. Gox. Due to the fact that Coinlab could not get a license “it was a clear infraction of the contract and a big risk for Mt. Gox,” the former CEO described.

Karpeles further discussed a few of the so-called mining operations Coinlab claimed to operate at the time, and stated:

I don’t think Coinlab ever had a running business, ever.

Karpeles then detailed how Coinlab submitted the firm’s preliminary insolvency claim with the trustee which was consequently turned down. He also explained in detail on how Coinlab filed the claim once again throughout the civil rehab and this time asked the court’s trustee for a whopping $16 billion.

Coinlab’s Compliance Struggle
Coinlab has made a claim for $16 billion.

Karpeles Insists the Sunlot Deal Is Not Binding in the Eyes of the Courts

The interview then carried on to the Brock Pierce-backed Gox Rising plan and Karpeles stated that there was no binding agreement between Pierce and Karpeles over his Mt. Gox shares. Pierce disagrees and gave his viewpoint on the very same Youtube program “What Bitcoin Did” episode 79. Furthermore, the episode before Pierce’s appearance includes a discussion with Kim Nilsson, the author of the report Cracking Mt. Gox. Karpeles described the initial Sunlot agreement with Brock Pierce as absolutely nothing more than written intents that fizzled into nothing after the idea failed to meet the approval of the Tokyo district court.

“We actually don’t have an agreement with Brock,” Karpeles highlighted during the discussion.

Brock Pierce believes he owns Karpeles’ portion of Mt Gox
Brock Pierce believes he owns Karpeles’ portion of Mt Gox and has plans to revive the defunct exchange in order to pay back victims.

Karpeles states Pierce [Sunlot Holdings] approached Mt. Gox in late 2013 and talked about broadening the company in China and described he could make the exchange work over there. When Mt. Gox entered into personal bankruptcy procedures, Karpeles says Pierce approached the company again and offered to take over the bankruptcy procedure and offer the defunct exchange a “great ending.” The first step was to try to buy all of the Mt. Gox shares, however, Karpeles stated it likewise needed the approval of the Tokyo district court. According to Karpeles, the offer between Pierce’s business Sunlot and Mt. Gox never ever truly moved past the letter of intent (LOI) phase and eventually failed to satisfy the approval of the Tokyo district court. The LOI contract’s requirements needed to be settled within 45 days on condition of approval by the court, but a settled arrangement never ever came to fulfilment within that time period.

Karpeles then responded to the current declarations Pierce had actually made detailing that he doesn’t want to see any surplus money given to Karpeles from the civil rehab profits. He said Pierce was very nice to him initially and wanted to restore Mt. Gox from the ashes and even told Karpeles he might look after the Coinlab claim.

Nevertheless, a couple of weeks later on Karpeles read a short article which described Pierce painting Karpeles as the bad person. Immediately it became clear to Karpeles that Pierce was making unfactual claims about owning his share of Mt. Gox. He stated “he had to respond on Twitter” to tell the public that it was not true and the Sunlot deal between Mt. Gox never moved past the LOI phase. A second letter was sent out to Pierce rescinding the first LOI and Karpeles mentioned that the Tokyo court did not approve the deal. This would make the agreement null and void and totally nonbinding. Karpeles further said that he didn’t see how Pierce would make the Gox Rising deal work aside from utilizing an initial coin offering (ICO).

Pierce rescinding the first LOI
The second letter that was sent to Pierce rescinding the first LOI agreement. This was signed by Karpeles in March 2014 but Pierce did not sign this letter.

Brock Pierce Disagrees With Karpeles’ Analysis

Pierce appeared a few days previously on the Keiser Report on Feb. 16 with host Max Keiser and described he didn’t like Karpeles. “The only reason Mark Karpeles needs to appreciate who owns Mt. Gox is because he cares who possibly is the recipient of that prospective surplus,” Pierce discussed. Pierce believes Karpeles wants to gain $700 million from the personal bankruptcy and informed his Twitter followers that the previous Mt. Gox CEO appears “to be the man behind the drape managing the insolvency process.” “Pretending to be a saint all the while hoping the Tibanne trustee will score you a big payment,” Pierce informed Karpeles on social media.

What do you think about Mark Karpeles’ statements about Coinlab and Brock Pierce? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.


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