Robert Steinadler, 6 months ago
The fact that Celsius had to freeze customer funds and that everything that happened before its insolvency was poorly communicated is frustrating. Many investors are still looking for a way to recover from the incident while the company is trying to somehow keep on running its business operations and formulating a survival plan. An unlikely event has happened and another player has entered the ring and the rumors are spreading that Celsius could be saved.
Why is Ripple looking into Celsius and can they save the day?
According to a report from Reuters, Ripple is interested in the asset of Celsius. Of course, this raises the question if Ripple might be even looking to invest money into Celsius or even to buy the company. Both parties denied commenting if an acquisition is on the table.
What to make of this? Celsius is missing more than $1 billion and needs cash. If the company is not bought or finds new investors there is only a small chance of survival. One thing that Celsius could also consider is to sell its assets which of course are mostly cryptos from its customers.
At this point, it seems unlikely that Ripple is buying Celsius right away. Should they really consider rescuing Celsius then this would be sensational news, even though it is highly unlikely that this will ever happen. What is more likely is that they are simply doing what they already told to Reuters. Ripple is assessing if it’s a promising opportunity that may or may not be limited to buying assets from the bankrupt company.
Another factor that comes into play is that Ripple is still struggling in a year-long lawsuit against the US Security and Exchange Commission. The SEC claims that XRP is an unregistered security and the outcome of the lawsuit is still unclear.
While Ripple is looking into Celsius assets, this could seriously impact its own operations in the US should the judge rule in favor of the SEC. Many exchanges and brokers already stopped offering XRP to their US customers. What is even more important is the fact that Ripples operations are not limited to the development of XRP. In fact, most of their partnerships are based on selling fintech which is making use of the XRP ledger by building financial tools and products on top of it that are only accessibly to Ripples partners and customers.
Should the lawsuit turn against Ripple the company might even leave the US. A possible destination to move its headquarters might be Japan or Dubai as it was rumored last year already after Ripple confirmed that it could leave the US if the verdict would turn against the company.
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