Cryptopia’s Chapter 15 Filing


Davis Polk advised the foreign representative of Cryptopia Limited in connection with Cryptopia’s proceedings under Chapter 15 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

The foreign representative filed a petition for recognition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Together with its petition, Cryptopia sought emergency relief, including the application of the automatic stay within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States. In particular, Cryptopia required emergency relief to prevent a contract counterparty in the United States from terminating a critical contract and potentially deleting critical data hosted on its servers which, if lost, would have imperiled the administration of Cryptopia’s liquidation. At an emergency hearing on May 24, 2019, Judge Martin Glenn granted the requested relief through June 7, 2019.

Cryptopia, a company registered in New Zealand, operated a digital exchange that allowed its approximately two million users to trade digital assets, including Bitcoin and Ethereum. Cryptopia was placed into liquidation in New Zealand on May 14, 2019. The liquidators are focused on collecting and distributing the Cryptopia’s property to the entitled parties.

The Davis Polk restructuring team included partner Timothy Graulich (Picture) and associates Angela M. Libby, Stephen D. Piraino and Zachary Levine. The litigation team included partner James I. McClammy and associates Trent Thompson, James Paulson and Erika Vignoli. Counsel Zachary J. Zweihorn was providing law advice on issues related to digital assets. Members of the Davis Polk team are based in the New York and Washington DC offices.

Buddle Findlay is providing New Zealand law advice to the liquidators.

Involved fees earner: Timothy Graulich – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Zachary Levine – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Angela Libby – Davis Polk & Wardwell; James McClammy – Davis Polk & Wardwell; James Paulson – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Stephen Piraino – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Trent Thompson – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Erika Vignoli – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Zachary J. Zweihorn – Davis Polk & Wardwell;

Law Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell;

Clients: Cryptopia Limited;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti