As expected (and predicted), the bankruptcy judge in Dallas, Texas granted Mt. Gox’s request for an order of “recognition” that the debtor’s Tokyo insolvency action was a “foreign main proceeding.” She will also allow Mt. Gox’s bankruptcy trustee, Nobuaki Kobayahsi, to act as the “foreign representative” of the debtor in connection with whatever relief it might seek in the Chapter 15 case.
Continue Reading Mt. Gox’s Chapter 15 Case Is Officially Underway

On May 21, the bankruptcy trustee for Mt. Gox advised depositors that the bankruptcy case in Tokyo was proceeding.  The information contained in the email was limited in scope, guarded and of little use in understanding the trustee’s view of how the bankruptcy ultimately may resolve. 
Continue Reading Mt. Gox Trustee Communicates with the Exchange’s Depositors

On April 28, in the wake of Mt. Gox’s Japanese rehabilitation proceeding having been converted to a liquidation proceeding, a proposal for selling and restarting the Mt. Gox exchange was submitted in the pending class action litigation in Illinois. The proposal was accepted by plaintiffs in the class action litigation before a class had even been certified.
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As predicted, the court in Tokyo has ruled that Mt. Gox will be liquidated. An “Announcement of Commencement of Bankruptcy Proceedings” was posted overnight April 24 by the Japanese bankruptcy trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi on the Mt. Gox site to confirm that the company is officially in bankruptcy (liquidation) in Japan.  The Announcement also includes a “Frequently Asked Questions” section to give a very high level overview of the liquidation process.
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On April 16, Mt. Gox’s civil rehabilitation proceeding in Tokyo (something similar to a U.S. Chapter 11) was dismissed and the initial stages of a bankruptcy liquidation under Japanese law began. An Interim Administrator (Nobuaki Kobaysahi) has been named until the Japanese court decides whether the liquidation will begin and whether a different Administrator replaces the Interim Administrator. How this situation came to be is an interesting tale.
Continue Reading Mt. Gox Heads Toward Liquidation

Mt. Gox filed a motion requesting the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s approval of the form of the official notification of the May 6 recognition hearing as well as approving the service via email.  The motion also seeks to establish a deadline of seven days before that hearing for any party to object to the request for recognition of the Japanese insolvency case.  Additional notice would be provided by posting an approved form of notification on the Mt. Gox web site as well as at the Reddit.com site.
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Tuesday evening, the Plaintiffs in the Illinois Class Action litigation filed motions with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas asking that court to terminate the temporary stay it recently granted to Mt. Gox. They also asked that Robert Marie Mark Karpeles (the Foreign Representative for Mt. Gox) be ordered to provide testimony under oath in the United States regarding the Chapter 15 filing. The motion will present the first chance for the Bankruptcy Court to consider the balance between Chapter 15 relief and the ability of the Illinois Class Action Plaintiffs to use the fact of Chapter 15 relief to obtain testimony to buttress their pending action.
Continue Reading Mt. Gox – Bankruptcy Hearings Next Week Should be Interesting

Introduction

Mt. Gox has filed a civil rehabilitation proceeding under Japanese law, and subsequently filed a companion case in Dallas, Texas under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court issued an initial stay (injunction) to protect Mt. Gox and its U.S. assets from actions by creditors and set a hearing for April 1 and 2 to consider whether Mt. Gox would receive the full protections allowed to foreign companies by Chapter 15. If the U.S. court allows the Chapter 15 case to be maintained, certain provisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code will apply to parties in interest. What are the implications of these cases for Mt. Gox’s creditors?
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