How Bankruptcy Law Affects Digital Assets

In the last few years, an increasing number of digital platforms have launched initial coin offerings (ICOs). ICOs are primarily studied from the perspective of securities laws. In a new paper, however, I examine how bankruptcy law applies to entities that have tokens in their investment portfolios. What happens, for example, if a debtor that owns tokens becomes insolvent and is subject to insolvency proceedings? How can tokens be made available to the debtor’s creditors? How can the bankruptcy stay be preserved? And how can rules against fraudulent conveyances be enforced?

In general, when insolvency proceedings are opened against a … Read more