Nova Scotia judge briefly extends creditor protection for Quadriga exchange

WATCH ABOVE: The sudden death of QuadrigaCX CEO Gerald Cotten has left $250 million worth of cryptocurrency inaccessible after he failed to share the password. Ross Lord reports.

A Nova Scotia judge has temporarily extended QuadrigaCX’s reprieve from its creditors, as the cryptocurrency exchange continues its transition into bankruptcy.

The Vancouver-based exchange officially entered bankruptcy proceedings this month, after a restructuring bid failed.

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Quadriga Fintech Solutions Corp. and its related companies had been granted protection from their creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) on Feb. 5, but it quickly became clear the company had no real assets – and that the process of recovering the missing funds would be difficult.

In the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on Thursday, Justice Michael Wood extended an existing stay of proceedings until June 28, unless the CCAA proceedings are terminated before then.

WATCH: Creditor protection extended for cryptocurrency exchange Quadriga (March 5, 2019)

Creditor protection extended for cryptocurrency exchange Quadriga
Creditor protection extended for cryptocurrency exchange Quadriga

Once one of Canada’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, QuadrigaCX shut down in January amid of swirl of controversy after its lone director – 30-year-old Gerald Cotten of Fall River, N.S. – died suddenly while travelling in Jaipur, India.

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Soon after his death was announced, court documents revealed he was the only QuadrigaCX employee who knew the encrypted pass codes needed to get at $190 million in cryptocurrency locked in offline digital wallets.