Gibbs Law Group Investigates Potential Securities Law Violations
A Silvergate class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of investors who lost money in Silvergate Capital Corporation (“Silvergate”) (NYSE: SI). Shares of Silvergate plummeted 42% on January 5, 2023, following the company’s disclosure that it was taking a $196 million impairment charge after customers withdrew approximately $8.1 billion of digital-asset deposits during its fourth quarter of 2022. Then, on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, Silvergate reported a $1 billion net loss in that same quarter. We encourage investors who purchased or acquired SI securities between November 9, 2021, and November 17, 2022, to contact Gibbs Law Group to discuss your legal rights and options.
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On Thursday, January 5, 2023, Silvergate disclosed that in the third quarter of 2022, total deposits from its digital asset customers declined by roughly 68%, from $11.9 billion to $3.8 billion, prompting the digital currency company to take a $196 million impairment charge, lay off 40% of its workforce, and reassess its customer relationships.
Silvergate’s disappointing fourth-quarter results and announcements follow the recent collapse of FTX, a Silvergate customer, which filed for bankruptcy in November 2022 amidst an $8 billion shortfall and allegations that it misappropriated billions of dollars of customer funds, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Three U.S. Senators who wrote a letter demanding that Silvergate explain its role in facilitating transfers from FTX later told the Wall Street Journal that an account at Silvergate "appears to be at the center" of FTX's collapse, according to Cryptoslate.
Less than a month after reporting that customers had pulled out over $8 billion in deposits during the fourth quarter of 2022, Silvergate reported a net loss of $1 billion in that same quarter, according to Reuters. In a conference call, Silvergate Chief Executive Alan Lane explained that the company will eliminate certain products like digital asset custody that have become "too costly or complex,” and will also “offboard certain customers separate from its core business in the coming weeks.”
Silvergate has also been linked to a money laundering operation; on November 15, 2022, Marcus Aurelius Research tweeted that “recently subpoenaed Silvergate bank records reveal $425 million in transfers from $SI crypto bank accounts to South American money launderers. Affidavit from investigation into crypto crime ring linked to smugglers/drug traffickers.”
Following the money laundering allegations, Silvergate’s stock dropped 10.7%, closing at $24.90 per share on November 18, 2022. Then on Thursday, January 5th, Silvergate stock plummeted over 42%, causing significant harm to investors.
What Should Silvergate Investors Do?
If you invested in Silvergate, visit our website or contact our securities team directly at (888) 410-2925 to discuss how you may be able to recover your losses. Our investigation concerns whether Silvergate Corporation has violated federal securities laws.
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