Terraform Labs contends Citadel Securities had a hand in its stablecoin collapse

Do Kwon-founded Terraform Labs has again pointed the finger at market maker Citadel Securities for its role in an alleged “concerted, intentional effort” to cause the depeg of its stablecoin in 2022.

On Oct. 10, Terraform Labs filed a motion in the United States District Court in the Southern District of Florida to compel Citadel Securities LLC to produce documents relating to its trading actions in May 2022, around the time its stablecoin, now known as TerraUSD Classic (USTC), depegged.

It contends the May 2022 depeg, when the asset crashed from $1 to $0.02, was caused by “certain third-party market participants” intentionally shorting the stablecoin, as opposed to instability in its algorithm.

“Movant [Terraform] contends that the market destabilization that occurred did not result from instability in the algorithm underlying the UST stablecoin,” said the firm in its motion.

“Instead, Movant contends that the market was destabilized due to the concerted, intentional effort of certain third party market participants to “short” and cause UST to depeg from its one dollar price.”

The motion also cites “publicly available evidence” suggesting that Citadel head Ken Griffin intended to short the stablecoin around the time of the depeg.

“There is publicly available evidence suggesting that the head of the Citadel Entities, Ken Griffin, intended to short UST at or about the time of the May 2022 depeg.”

The filing cited a screenshot from a Discord channel chat in which a pseudonymous trader had lunch with Griffin, who allegedly said “They were going to Soros the f*** out of Luna UST,” presumably in reference to George Soros’ trading strategies — centered around highly leveraged, one-way bets.

Citadel Securities has however previously denied trading the TerraUSD stablecoin in May 2022, according to Forbes.

Cointelegraph contacted Citadel for additional comment but did not receive an immediate response.

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In its motion, Terraform argues that the documents are crucial for its defense in the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in February, which alleges Terraform Labs and its founder, Do Kwon, had a hand in “orchestrating a multi-billion dollar crypto asset securities fraud.”

“This defense will be substantially impaired if Citadel Securities is successful in withholding this limited information,” it stated.

If the court refuses to compel Citadel to produce the trading documents, Terraform requested the matter be transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for decision by Judge Rakoff.

In July, Terraform Labs sought permission from a judge to subpoena data from bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, also claiming the information could help its defense.

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