Coinbase Issued 'False,' 'Misleading' Statements Ahead Of Public Listing: Shareholder Lawsuit

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global Inc COIN has been accused of misleading investors regarding its public listing, as per a new shareholder derivative lawsuit.

What Happened: Coinbase and nine of its executives allegedly breached fiduciary duties, violated the securities act, and issued false and misleading statements concerning its direct listing, according to a shareholder complaint filed on Aug 4.

See Also: Coinbase Stock Dives After Q2 Earnings While Claiming They're An 'All Weather Company' For Crypto Prices Cycles

The executives' names in the lawsuit include CEO Brian Armstrong, CFO Alesia Haas, and board member and a16z co-founder Marc Andreessen

The complaint alleges that Coinbase “negligently prepared” its registration statement, which contained untrue statements of material fact as a result.

Of particular issue to the plaintiff was Coinbase’s “flywheel” growth strategy, described by the company as one where liquidity from its growing user base would provide for the listing of new assets, which would in turn attract more users.

The plaintiff said this flywheel strategy was ruptured by several service disruptions and delays in adding new crypto assets. 

Still, the complaint only names five “unanticipated system disruptions” that took place in Q1 2021 before Coinbase went public, with other disruptions having allegedly taken place in 2019 and 2020.

The complaint also points to Dogecoin’s DOGE/USD absence from the platform despite the “wild popularity and demand” for it as one of the reasons for its ruptured growth strategy. 

Coinbase has lost out on a considerable amount of trading volume to other exchanges following a decline in cryptocurrency prices. Mizuho analyst Dan Dolev cut the stock’s price target last month after seeing a decline in market share of trading volume from 5.3% in Q1 to 2.9% in July.

The exchange is also facing an SEC probe regarding an alleged “unregistered securities offering.”


Price Action: Coinbase shares were trading 5.45% lower after-hours. Bitcoin BTC/USD was trading at $23,126 at press time, down 2.9% over 24 hours and Ethereum ETH/USD was trading at $1,700, down 4.26% over the same period, according to data from Benzinga Pro.

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