A well-known cryptocurrency market maker, B2C2, is extending a hand to the struggling crypto lending firm Genesis, after the latter company froze customer withdrawals on Wednesday.
“B2C2Group wishes to extend an offer to purchase loans from GenesisTrading's book to alleviate the current liquidity shortfall,” tweeted B2C2 founder Max Boonen, minutes after the trading firm’s announcement. Founded in 2015 by Boonen, a former Goldman Sachs trader, B2C2 is a regulated financial services firm based in the United Kingdom.
“I didn't have Genesis on my bingo card,” he added, stressing that the 2008 financial crisis highlighted the need for financial institutions to “support its subsidiaries” to remain “long-term credible.”
I didn't have Genesis on my bingo card. Wow. That leaves very few players in the OTC market...@B2C2Group wishes to extend an offer to purchase loans from @GenesisTrading's book to alleviate the current liquidity shortfall.
— Max Boonen (@maxboonen) November 16, 2022
“The company is in a position to support the wider market by offering to work with Genesis and their counterparties to novate existing loans at Genesis Global Capital to B2C2,” said a B2C2 spokesperson to Decrypt in an email. The spokesperson clarified that such loans will still need to fall within the market maker’s risk management framework.
“Our risk management processes are rigorous and controlled, which is why our crypto loans book is over-collateralized by a minimum of 115%,” they continued.
Genesis is the latest major crypto lending firm impacted by the contagious fallout of FTX’s insolvency. Having suspended loan originations in its lending business, the trading desk caused Gemini Earn to slow redemptions due to using Genesis as its lending partner.
The crypto broker’s parent company, Digital Currency Group, already stepped in to provide $140 million in equity to Genesis last Friday, when FTX officially filed for bankruptcy alongside Alameda Research. Genesis said last Thursday that it held $175 million in exposure to the defunct exchange.
Meanwhile, cryptocurrency exchange Sino revealed it had “mid-seven figures” of exposure to FTX on Tuesday, while the crypto hedge fund Ikigai confessed to losing a “large majority” of its funds inside of FTX.