Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the WSJ reported that Celsius hired lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, replacing ones from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP hired last month in the wake of Celsius halting operations.
In June, the New Jersey-based firm seized up under liquidity pressures, locking 1.7 million users out of their accounts, according to the company’s website. Leading up to the pause, Celsius offered customers high-yield loans of up to 18% on deposits and maintains its users “will continue to accrue rewards” during Celsius’s downtime.
“We are taking this necessary action for the benefit of our entire community in order to stabilize liquidity and operations while we take steps to preserve and protect assets,” Celsius said on June 12. “We are working diligently to meet our obligations.”
Celsius isn’t the only crypto platform working with Kirkland & Ellis—Voyager Digital, which filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York last week, also has hired the firm.
Voyager’s customers sought to withdraw funds from the company following Celsius’ decision to freeze accounts, according to court documents reviewed by the WSJ.
Although Celsius has not filed for bankruptcy, the embattled lender faces mounting questions over its solvency and pairing up with Kirkland & Ellis LLP could indicate a shift in overall strategy.