In an email on October 29, 2019, co-founder Jihan Wu disclosed that he was dismissing his Bitmain partner and chairman Micree Zhan. He also issued a strict warning to all Bitmain staff not to contact or attend meetings with Zhan.
The world’s largest cryptocurrency mining rig producer Bitmain released a statement on April 27 condemning deposed co-founder Micree Ketuan Zhan’s attempts to regain control over Fujian Zhanhua Intelligence Technology Co. Ltd.
Following his dismissal, Zhan resorted to legal measures to regain his position at Bitmain. He has so far filed two complaints against Bitmain and its subsidiary Fujian Zhanhua Intelligence Technologies.
“I will fight for her [Bitmain] till the end with legal weapons. I won’t allow those who want to plot against Bitmain to succeed. If someone wants a war, we will give them one.”
Zhan’s claims lack facts or legal proof, says Bitmain
Micree Zhan sued Fujian Zhanhua Intelligence Technologies claiming that he owned 36% of the company’s equity. However, Bitmain said in their latest statement addressing the case that Zhan had submitted no proof of the same, which makes his claims baseless in front of the law.
The English translation of the statement also clarified:
“The ruling reported by the media is only a procedural jurisdiction ruling, that is, the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court finally ruled that the case should be tried by the Fuzhou Changle District People ’s Court.”
There has not been any hearing related to the case, let alone a final judgement, mentioned Bitmain.
Bitmain will stay unaffected by the rulings of the case
In a seemingly gentle effort to retain people’s trust in Bitmain, the company specifically mentioned that the results of the case will not have any impact on Bitmain’s production or operation. Fujian Zhanhua, too, will be under the absolute control of Bitmain, the statement assured.
It is, however, interesting to note that Bitmain hasn’t been performing at its best since last year. On January 02, 2019, Cointelegraph reported that Bitmain was planning to cut 50% of its staff while dealing with other legal complications.
At the moment, the fate of the largest mining company seems murky due to company politics and ongoing legal complications. It’s likely that the upcoming Bitcoin (BTC) halving will only worsen the situation.
Total Crypto Derivatives Volume in Q1 2020 Spikes 314% from Q4 2019’s Average
A study by TokenInsight indicates that the total futures trading volume in the crypto industry reached over $2.1 trillion in Q1 2020. This is an increase of 314% from the 2019 Q4 average.
According to the “2020 Q1 Cryptocurrency Derivatives Exchange Industry Report”, except for a slight decline in Q4 2019, the trading volume of cryptocurrency futures grew in 2019. The total market turnover in Q1 2020 is roughly eight times than Q1 2019.
For trading volume analysis, TokenInsight included BitMEX, OKEx, Huobi DM, Binance Futures, Deribit, Bitget, Binance JEX, FTX, Gate.io, BFX.NU, BitZ, and KuMEX, in addition to some emerging derivatives exchanges.
Average daily trading volume skyrocketed
The average daily trading volume of the whole market during the first quarter of 2020 hit $23.3 billion. This represents an increase of 274% from 2019.
Researchers who were in charge of preparing the report commented on the following:
“We believe the cryptocurrency futures have already possessed some attributes of market-leading indicators, and spot market participants can refer to futures trading volume for position management.”
The study also highlights that the correlation coefficient between futures and spot trading volume fell to 0.31. This is compared to the 0.76 registered in the fourth quarter of 2019. Researchers concluded that this phenomenon explains that futures market participants “may have been relatively independent” from the spot.
Futures markets’ trading correlated with spot market fluctuations
When the futures market is abnormally traded, the study highlights that the spot market is exposed to significant fluctuations.
Following the same line, the report states:
“At this time, investors need to adjust their positions. Besides, in the market downturn, only when the future volume finally shrinks, the market may experience a meaningful rebound.”
A study quoted by Cointelegraph on April 21 reported that Binance Futures emerged as the biggest winner in the futures market, following the Black Thursday sell-off.
At that time, Binance reached $2.8 billion in just 24 hours of Bitcoin futures volumes. Their results surpassed that of both BitMEX ($2.1B) and Huobi ($2.46b).
According to data provided by Coin Metrics, Binance Futures’ Bitcoin (BTC) open interest share jumped from about 10% in mid-March to nearly 25% by April 12.