Three Arrows’ OPNX Announces Shutdown

OPNX, a cryptocurrency exchange and bankruptcy claims platform, will cease operations by February 14, 2024, due to regulatory challenges and financial penalties.

OPNX, a cryptocurrency exchange and bankruptcy claims platform co-founded by the individuals behind the failed hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC), has announced it will cease operations and shut down by February 14, 2024. The announcement comes after the platform advised its users to settle their positions by February 7 and ensure all funds are withdrawn by February 14, post which the withdrawal functionality will be disabled. This decision marks the end of OPNX’s operations, which aimed to facilitate the trading of creditor claims of bankrupt crypto companies​​​​​​​​.

Just one week before the annoucement, Su Zhu, co-founder of collapsed Three Arrows Capital, said they will continue to promote exchange OPNX in Hong Kong according to SCMP. OPNX registered an office in Hong Kong’s central business district in May last year, with former CoinFlex CEO Mark Lamb listed as a director. Hong Kong’s new virtual asset regulatory rules has taken effect in June 2023. As a financial center, Hong Kong now welcome regulated crypto exchanges.

The closure of OPNX is rooted in a series of regulatory challenges and financial penalties, which significantly impacted its operational capacity and financial stability. Despite efforts to navigate these issues, including securing a Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) license in Lithuania, OPNX faced setbacks due to its association with controversial figures and heavy penalties from regulatory authorities, amounting to substantial financial burdens. Notably, the platform’s ties to Su Zhu and Kyle Davies, co-founders of Three Arrows Capital, have particularly cast a shadow over its operations, attracting increased scrutiny and complicating its regulatory landscape​​.

The platform’s user base is strongly advised to adhere to the communicated deadlines for settling positions and withdrawing funds to avoid potential losses. This structured closure process highlights OPNX’s commitment to ensuring a secure and orderly exit for its users amid its shutdown. The demise of OPNX underscores the volatile nature of the crypto market and the critical importance of regulatory compliance and operational transparency for platforms operating within this space​​.

For the broader cryptocurrency industry, the closure of OPNX serves as a poignant reminder of the intricate challenges and regulatory pressures platforms can face. It also underscores the need for robust structures to support the growth and sustainability of the digital finance ecosystem​​.

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