New leadership, old problems as Vauld struggles to repay creditors


Akanksha Sarma

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Akanksha Sarma

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Following the resignations of its founders in late September, troubled Singapore-headquartered crypto exchange Vauld recently announced a new leadership team and board. Creditors, however, question the competence of the leadership after Vauld missed repayment deadlines.

October 18, 2023


Key Takeaways

  • On October 12, DeFi Payments—the parent company of beleaguered crypto exchange Vauld—held a town hall
  • Meant to assuage the anxiety of Vauld’s tens of thousands of creditors, the town hall saw Vauld’s new leadership and board being introduced
  • Despite the changes, however, Vauld has continued to miss repayment deadlines.
  • Creditors are also sceptical about the lack of Web3 experience among Vauld’s new leadership, especially since a lot of Vauld’s illiquid assets are stuck in failed crypto exchanges CoinLoan and FTX

On October 12, DeFi Payments—the parent company of cryptocurrency exchange Vauld—held a town hall to assuage the fears of Vauld’s long-suffering creditors. These creditors—Vauld’s erstwhile users—lost access to their deposits in July 2022, when the Singapore-based exchange suspended withdrawals in the face of mounting liabilities amidst a wider crypto winter.

Before its ultimate collapse, Vauld was one of the bigger players when it came to borrowing, lending, and trading cryptocurrencies. It raised $25 million in a round led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, and counted the likes of Pantera Capital, Coinbase Ventures, CMT Digital, Gumi Cryptos, Robert Leshner, and Cadenza Capital among its backers. 

The town hall was meant to signal a stop to Vauld’s downward spiral. Having stepped down on September 27, the company’s co-founders—Darshan Bathija and Sanju Sony Kurian—were replaced with a new board, which will take charge of Vauld’s ongoing restructuring and facilitate the return of funds to creditors.

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