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Celsius Cleared to Exit Bankruptcy

Celsius wins bankruptcy court approval to transform into a creditor-owned Bitcoin mining firm as part of a broader proposal to repay customers -- plus the top news, stats, and reports of the week.

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Issue Summary: Welcome back to Coinstack, the weekly newsletter for institutional crypto investors and industry insiders. We review the top news, stats, and reports in the digital asset ecosystem for our 170k weekly subscribers. This week, we cover Celsius’ recovery plan, Terraform Labs acquiring a cross-chain data provider, Hodlnaut starting liquidation, and huge new venture rounds for Blockchain.com ($110M) and Finality ($95M).

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🗞️ Crypto News Recap: The Top 5 Stories

Welcome back to This Week in Crypto… everything you need to know in one scannable format. Here are the top 5 stories of the week… 

  1. ⚖️ Celsius cleared to exit bankruptcy and enact recovery plan: Failed crypto lender Celsius Network won bankruptcy court approval of its plan to transform into a creditor-owned Bitcoin mining firm as part of a broader proposal to repay customers whose accounts have been frozen for more than a year.

  1. 🤝 Terraform Labs acquires cross-chain data provider as it pursues post-Kwon plans: Terraform Labs, leading developer of the Terra blockchain, today announced the acquisition of Pulsar Finance, a cross-chain portfolio management and analytics startup.

  1. ⚖️Distressed crypto lender Hodlnaut starts liquidation in Singapore: Hodlnaut, a Singapore-based crypto lending firm, will be liquidated by its previously appointed judicial managers, according to a document published by auditing firm EY. 

  1. ⚖️ Nasdaq files for BlackRock's proposed iShares Ethereum Trust ETF: BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, is confirmed to be working on a spot ether ETF, according to a 19b-4 filing made on Thursday afternoon.

  1. 🎭 Justin Sun-Owned Exchange Poloniex Hacked for At Least $126 Million: Poloniex, a crypto exchange owned by Tron founder Justin Sun, has seen more than $126 million worth of crypto assets exit one of its wallets as the result of a "hack incident."

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📊 Key Stats of the Week

Here are the most important and interesting stats in crypto this week...

1. Ethereum's blue-chip NFTs saw an unexpected 17% spike in trading volume MoM, hitting $165M in Oct from $140M in Sep. Bored Ape Yacht Club led the pack with $71M in secondary sales.

Source: @TheBlockPro__

2. Despite the market's overall decline, the number of unique traders in blue-chip NFTs rose by 8% in October, indicating a flight to quality within the NFT market.

Source: @TheBlockPro__

3. Blue-chip NFT collections saw an 18% MoM surge in market cap, jumping from $1.72B to $2.03B, Sept to Oct. Captainz NFT collection took the lead, surpassing Bored Ape Yacht Club as the top earner.

Source: @TheBlockPro__

4. Blue-chip NFTs’ total outstanding debt remains substantial, indicative of an ongoing shift towards treating NFTs as traditional financial assets, with DeGods and Milady Maker being the most leveraged collections.

Source: @TheBlockPro__

5. After looking dead in the water, friend.tech (FT) activity revived from the dead over the last week. Impressively, the friend.tech app saw more volume than the entire Ethereum NFT market.

Source: @alpha_pls

📝 Highlights from the Top Crypto Reports

Here are the top highlights from the best crypto research reports this week…

About the Author: Paul Veradittakit, is a Managing Partner at Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and largest institutional investors focused on investing into blockchain companies and cryptocurrencies. This is an excerpt from the full article, which you can find here.

Key Takeaways:

  • SynFutures is a perp DEX that creates an open and trustless derivatives market by enabling permissionless trading on any asset with a price feed. The latest iteration of the protocol represents a significant milestone in the DeFi space.

  • The new version of the protocol features Oyster AMM, an innovative automated market maker model aimed at delivering the highest capital efficiency of any derivatives DEX.

  • Oyster AMM combines the strengths of onchain order book and AMM models while allowing 30-second arbitrary asset listings of perps and futures with only a single token; it enables a significant “capital efficiency boost” and broadens SynFutures’ audience of traders and liquidity providers. 


SynFutures is a perp DEX that employs a business model reminiscent of Amazon, democratizing the derivatives market and supporting an endless array of longtail assets. This approach grants users the power to effortlessly engage in asset trading and list customized futures and perps contracts in a matter of seconds. By cultivating a free market and maximizing the variety of tradable assets, SynFutures is lowering the barrier to entry and creating a more equitable derivatives market. Anyone can list and trade anything, anytime. 

Since launching in 2021, SynFutures has emerged as a leading perp DEX, processing over $21 billion in volume with nearly 100,000 traders and 270 trading pairs listed to date. The protocol is backed by Pantera Capital, Susquehanna International Group (SIG), Polychain Capital,  Standard Crypto, Dragonfly Capital, Framework Ventures, and HashKey Capital, among others. 

Oyster Automated Market Maker (AMM)

While V2 marked a significant milestone in the project's evolution, V3 signifies a substantial leap in the overarching product roadmap. At the core of this transformation lies Oyster AMM, a refined automated market maker model designed to build upon the foundations established by its predecessors.

Oyster AMM is designed to harmoniously blend the simplicity of automated market making with the efficiency of order book models, creating a seamless experience for newcomers and seasoned professionals.

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