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Judge Rules in Favor of Shareholder Votes To Approve or Reject Transaction That Founded ConsenSys Software Inc. - Arthur Falls

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December 20, 2022 GMT

NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- On the 16th of November 2022, A Judge of the Cantonal Court of the Canton of Zug, Switzerland, ruled in favour of a group of shareholders who requested a vote to approve or reject the transaction that transferred assets: Metamask, Infura, Truffle, Codefi, Pegasys, and a range of regional consulting businesses from ConsenSys AG, to ConsenSys Software Inc.

Over the past 2 years, ConsenSys Software Inc. has raised USD 715 Million primarily on the basis of its ownership of these assets.

Quote from the Judge’s ruling (link below) :

“it does not seem outright absurd [to suggest] that the board of directors was in a conflict of interest when signing the SCA [Sales & Contribution Agreement that transferred the assets] . . . Therefore, the item on the agenda [a shareholder vote] is to be submitted to the general meeting for a resolution.” - Translated from the Swiss original by Google Translate


Regardless of the outcome, once the vote takes place, the transaction will become the subject of a shareholder meeting resolution. Under Swiss law, resolutions can be challenged in court. This will enable the shareholders to legally claim that the most valuable assets of ConsenSys Software Inc. were not validly transferred and are in fact still owned by ConsenSys AG.

A concurrent shareholder request for a special audit of the Sale & Contribution Agreement is expected to be ruled on in the coming weeks. This request was made in March 2022, however, repeated challenges by ConsenSys AG have delayed the ruling. If successful, the audit is expected to further strengthen the shareholder’s legal position.

“Many team members took massive pay cuts in exchange for a generous equity package. Some staff deliberately chose not to purchase Ethereum between 2015 and 2017 because they felt they were effectively investing in the ecosystem through the ConsenSys equity they were vesting.” - Arthur Falls, shareholder, ex-employee.





  • The shareholders argue that because Joseph Lubin was a Director of both ConsenSys AG and ConsenSys Software inc, and Joseph Lubin was the majority shareholder of both companies, he acted under a conflict of interest.
  • Joseph Lubin contends that he was not the director of ConsenSys Software Inc. at the time the agreement was signed.
  • That Joseph Lubin was the majority shareholder of both companies is undisputed. This may contribute to a conflict of interest.
  • The Shareholders also contend that the other director of ConsenSys AG, Frithjof Weinert, was not validly elected by shareholders at the time of the transaction due to an illegal 2 year cessation of annual general shareholder meetings and so was not able to conclude the transaction for ConsenSys AG.


List of investors in ConsenSys Software Inc.

March 15, 2022 - $450 Million Round - $7 Billion Valuation

  • SoftBank
  • Microsoft
  • UTA
  • Third Point
  • C Ventures
  • True
  • Anthos
  • Marshall Wace
  • Sound
  • Parafi Capital
  • Temasek

November 17, 2021 - $200 Million Round - $3.2 Billion Valuation

  • HSBC
  • Coinbase Ventures
  • Marshall Wace
  • Third Point
  • ParaFi Capital
  • Think Investments
  • Dragonfly Capital
  • Electric Capital
  • Spartan Group
  • DeFiance Capital
  • Animoca Brands

April 13, 2021 - $65 Million - Unknown Valuation

  • J.P. Morgan
  • Mastercard
  • UBS
  • Protocol Labs
  • the Maker Foundation
  • Fenbushi
  • The LAO
  • Alameda Research
  • CMT Digital
  • Greater Bay Area Homeland Development Fund
  • SNZ Holding
  • NGC Ventures
  • Quotidian Ventures
  • Liberty City Ventures

A PDF of the ruling can be found here. An original copy can be requested from the Cantonal court of Zug.


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SOURCE Arthur Falls