Canadian pension fund CDPQ explores legal options over bankrupt crypto firm By Reuters

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By Niket Nishant and Divya Rajagopal

(Reuters) – Canada’s second-largest pension fund, Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ), is exploring legal options regarding bankrupt credit company Celsius and will no longer invest in crypto companies, it said. he said on Wednesday.

The CDPQ statement comes as the fund recovers from its failed investment in New Jersey-based Celsius, which filed for bankruptcy in July less than a year after receiving a $150 million investment from the fund.

“We will preserve our rights and explore legal options,” CDPQ chief executive Charles Emond said on an earnings conference call, adding that the fund had been focused on Celsius’ future potential. rather than current performance.

Emond defended the fund’s investment and said he performed “extensive due diligence” on the company. “We were interested in seizing the potential of blockchain technology, but clearly things didn’t go as planned,” he said.

The CDPQ, which manages the pensions of several public sector bodies as well as other investments, reported investment losses and a decline in net assets for the first six months of the year, while increases in aggressive rates triggered turbulence in the stock and bond markets.

As of June 30, the fund’s net assets stood at $392 billion, up from $419.8 billion at the end of last year, he said.

CDPQ investments lost 7.9% in value over the period, compared to a return of 5.6% in the same period last year, when accommodative tax policies pushed stock prices to record highs.

“The first six months of the year have been very difficult,” Emond said, adding that the unstable conditions will persist for some time.

Last week, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board also reported a decline in net assets in the first quarter as market turbulence weighed on its fund returns.

Dolores W. Simon