Vauld to seek extension on moratorium period

Vauld’s Creditors Committee is assessing three potential solutions for a bailout, while not ruling out an acquisition by Nexo if the bankrupt company’s liabilities can be reduced to an “acceptable level”.

Vauld to seek extension on moratorium period

Thursday November 03, 2022,

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In today’s newsletter, we will talk about 

  • Bankrupt Vauld's creditors explore bailout
  • Freshworks’ Q3 sees new customers
  • Making KYC processing smarter

Here’s your trivia for today: How many spots are there on a full set of 28 dominoes?


Bankrupt Vauld's creditors explore bailout

These are busy days for Singapore-headquartered cryptocurrency exchange Vauld as its creditors committee considers plans for restructuring and a bankruptcy option.

As per the minutes of the meetings accessed by YourStory, Vauld is also considering a potential sale to Nexo, giving creditors about 100% of their payouts, as well as extending the moratorium by another three months.

Vauld's woes:

  • In July this year, Vauld suspended all withdrawals, trading, and deposits on its platform. Affidavits revealed that the firm owed $402 million to creditors.  
  • The Enforcement Directorate froze assets worth $46.4 million of the crypto exchange’s locally registered entity, Flipvolt Technologies.
  • Vauld’s net deficit as of August 1 was $81 million, largely due to stablecoin-denominated liabilities exceeding similar categorised assets under management by $121 million.


Freshworks’ Q3 sees new customers

Freshworks, the San Mateo-based software company with roots in Chennai, said its revenue grew to $128.8 million in the third quarter of 2022—a 33% increase from the third quarter in 2021. The growth is 37% on a constant currency basis. 

The increase in revenue was mainly due to an increase in new customer acquisition in the July-September period. Overall, Freshworks has over 61,000 customers now. 

The reasons:

  • The only SaaS company from India to list on the NASDAQ added customers, including Plume, Altasciences, Viessmann, and Dynata. 
  • The number of customers that contribute to over $5,000 in annual recurring revenue (ARR) increased by 19% annually to 16,713. 
  • The company added 1,700 new customers approximately in the third quarter due to “good momentum in new business led by Freshservice”. 
Freshworks Q3 2022 results


Making KYC processing smarter

Despite digitisation, many banks still require customers to pay a last-minute visit for verification—and this is not just an issue in India but in the Middle East as well.  

This is what the Dubai-based regtech (regulatory technology) platform Verismart strives to solve. It began with a simple idea: make onboarding on different platforms secure and simple with the help of blockchain technology. 

Key takeaways:

  • Verismart launched the initial prototype to digitise the onboarding processes of institutions like banks, telecom insurance companies, semi-regulated companies, and others. 
  • The company has partnered with leading organisations such as UN Women, GPay, ICICI Bank, Paytm, Airtel, and Haryana government. 
  • Verismart is currently raising funds for expansion plans in the UAE.
Verismart.Ai founders

News & updates

  • Yet another hike: The market expects the Bank of England to raise interest rates by 75 basis points on Thursday, its largest hike since 1989, but economists believe policymakers will strike a dovish tone looking ahead as the prospect of a recession deepens.
  • Colder days ahead: The ongoing crypto winter is “only going to get worse” as the industry recalibrates to a higher interest rate world, according to Kathleen Breitman, co-founder of blockchain platform Tezos India. She said: “A lot of this was inflated on cheap money, and a lot of this was backed by basically, like, VCs trying to pump.”
  • Asia in spotlight: Barclays Plc, which recently made big investments in India and Australia and set up a Taiwan subsidiary in July, is evaluating entering new markets but is currently focused on building up its franchises, its top regional executive said.

How many spots are there on a full set of 28 dominoes?

Answer: 168

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