The cryptocurrency company behind the crashed TerraUSD and Luna tokens, Terraform Labs, has filed for bankruptcy in the US. The company’s collapse in May 2022 triggered a major “cryptocrash” that wiped out billions of dollars from the crypto market.
The Rise and Fall of Luna
Terraform Labs’ Luna token gained immense popularity in late 2021, reaching an all-time high of $116 in April 2022. Supporters of Luna, known as “Lunatics,” even hailed its co-founder Do Kwon as their “king.” However, the bubble burst spectacularly on May 9, 2022, when Luna lost 99% of its value in just two days.
The Algorithmic Link and the Domino Effect
Luna’s value was algorithmically linked to its sister coin, TerraUSD, a stablecoin designed to maintain a constant $1 peg. When TerraUSD lost its peg and plummeted to $0.02, it triggered a domino effect, causing Luna to crash as well. This sudden devaluation sent shockwaves through the entire crypto market, leading to a massive sell-off and billions of dollars in losses.
Terraform Labs Seeks Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Facing legal challenges and financial difficulties, Terraform Labs filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US. This allows the company to continue operating while restructuring its finances and resolving outstanding legal issues. In a statement, Terraform Labs CEO Chris Amani said, “This action is necessary to allow us to continue working toward our collective goals while resolving the legal challenges that remain outstanding.”
Do Kwon’s Legal Troubles
Do Kwon, the co-founder of Terraform Labs, has been embroiled in legal troubles since the company’s collapse. He was arrested in Montenegro in March 2023 and later sentenced to jail for forging documents. He also faces fraud charges in both the US and South Korea, and an extradition request is pending.
The Future of Terraform Labs
The future of Terraform Labs remains uncertain. Despite filing for bankruptcy, the company intends to continue offering blockchain and other Web3-related services. However, the legal challenges and damaged reputation will likely pose significant obstacles to its recovery.
- Terraform Labs, the company behind the crashed TerraUSD and Luna tokens, filed for bankruptcy in the US.
- Luna’s sudden collapse in May 2022 triggered a major “cryptocrash” that wiped out billions of dollars from the market.
- Terraform Labs is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy to restructure its finances and resolve legal issues.
- Do Kwon, the co-founder of Terraform Labs, faces legal challenges in multiple countries, including fraud charges.
- The future of Terraform Labs remains uncertain, but the company intends to continue operating in the Web3 space.