The FTX Group announced on Monday, March 6th, that it is suing Michael Sonnenshein, the CEO of Grayscale Investments, as well as Barry Silbert and his Digital Currency Group. The release states that FTX's Alameda Research is attempting to recover at least $9 billion that Grayscale has locked up.
Grayscale has violated the Trust agreements by collecting over $1.3 billion in extortionate management fees alone in the last two years.
For years, Grayscale has sheltered behind fabricated justifications to thwart shareholders' attempts to redeem their shares.
The Trusts' shares are currently selling at about a 50% discount to Net Asset Value as a result of Grayscale's activities.
The FTX Debtors' shares would be worth at least $550 million, or almost 90% more than their present value, if Grayscale cut its costs and stopped unjustly impeding redemptions.
FTX debtors are asserting that Grayscale is in violation of Trust Agreements and Fiduciary Responsibility. Also, they want the outrageous fees that, according to a press release, have already made Grayscale $1.3 billion over the last two years reduced. Moreover, John J. Ray's team asserts that the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust's substantial trading disadvantage is the result of the DCG Subsidiary's actions.
Grayscale has allegedly been hiding for years behind fabricated justifications to stop stockholders from redeeming their shares, according to the complaint. Read from the announcement, the current CEO of FTX, John J. Ray III, said that his team;
"continues to use every tool we can to maximize recoveries for FTX customers and creditors, goal is to unlock value that we believe is currently being suppressed by Grayscale's self-dealing and improper redemption ban."
He said that the decision will benefit Grayscale's investors as well as FTX's debtors.