Silvergate CEO to depart amid ongoing liquidation and investor suits

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Silvergate CEO Alan Lane and two other key executives are set to depart from their positions amid a wind-down of the once crypto-friendly bank.

Lane and the firm’s chief legal officer John Bonino will depart on Aug. 15, while Antonio Martino, chief financial officer of the company, will depart on Sept. 30.

In an Aug. 15 filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the bank’s parent company Silvergate Capital said the departures are part of its previously disclosed plan to wind down operations and voluntarily liquidate Silvergate Bank.

Silvergate noted the three departing executives will not be entitled to any further compensation under their respective employment agreements but will receive severance benefits.

The departures come amid a wave of proposed lawsuits involving the bank.

Silvergate and Lane are named in multiple proposed lawsuits mostly revolving around its alleged role in the misconduct of crypto exchange FTX.

In May, the Texas-based Word of God Church also sued the bank alleging it used $25 million of church deposits to participate in FTX’s “fraudulent” scheme, adding Silvergate and Lane had “unparalleled knowledge of the rampant fraud and corporate malfeasance.”

Complaint filed by Word of God Fellowship Inc. against Silvergate. Source: Court Listener

Another proposed class action alleged the bank did not perform adequate due diligence on the crypto firms it brought on as clients, such as FTX, Alameda and North Dimension.

Other customers, according to the suit, include Binance.US, Huobi Global, Nexo Capital, and Bittrex.

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In March, Silvergate announced it would be winding down its bank’s operations after suffering $1 billion worth of losses as a consequence of the FTX’s demise, one of Silvergate’s leading clients.

The bank’s collapse sent reverberations through the crypto ecosystem and the United States banking sector as it was one of the few regulated financial institutions providing banking services to crypto firms and exchanges.

Lane’s role will be taken over by Kathleen Fraher, the chief transition officer of the company, while Martinos’ role will be helmed by the current chief accounting officer of the bank, Andrew Surry.

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