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Wintermute claims NEAR backed out of $11M stablecoin redemption deal


The NEAR Foundation and Aurora allegedly reneged on an offer to convert $11 million worth of USN stablecoins, Wintermute founder and CEO Evgeny Gaevoy has claimed.

In a Nov. 7 X (Twitter) post, Gaevoy claimed NEAR refused to honor a commitment to facilitate the sale of $11.2 million worth of its stablecoin USN for the FTX estate.

Gaevoy said Wintermute was working with FTX to liquidate its assets for creditors which included the sale of $11.2 million worth of USN.

Gaevoy claimed Wintermute executed the transaction — which provided $11 million to FTX creditors — on the basis that it would be able to redeem USN to USDT on a one-to-one basis.

When Wintermute submitted its redemption request, NEAR allegedly “refused to honor their commitments.” Gaevoy claimed after two and a half months, Wintermute still hadn’t received any USDT.

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Gaevoy claimed Wintermute received a final offer of 20% of the $11 million. Gaevoy said Wintermute would pursue “all legal avenues” against NEAR and Aurora — the organisation responsible for allowing the transfer of assets from the Ethereum network to the NEAR protocol. 

Gaevoy said the post was the “last and public attempt” in asking the NEAR Foundation to complete the redemption.

“However if [NEAR Foundation] continues to be unreasonable about this situation, we are fully committed to switching into a full-time adversarial mode.”

The NEAR Foundation and Aurora did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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