Following Telegram’s well-documented court battle with the U.S. SEC, the company missed its April 30 deadline to launch the TON network and was prohibited from distributing its Gram tokens.
Один из основателей группы Qiwi Сергей Солонин решил переоформить в кредит свои инвестиции в криптопроект Павла Дурова TON. В 2018 году Солонин инвестировал в TON $17 млн.https://t.co/e5QeIc5bOZ — ForbesRussia (@ForbesRussia) May 16, 2020
Investors were given until the end of May 15 to decide whether to accept an immediate refund of 72% of their initial investment, or provide the money as a loan, receiving 110% of its value on April 30, 2021.
It was hoped that investors who chose the loan option may have been issued Gram, or another cryptocurrency, once the SEC dispute had been settled.
However, Telegram publicly abandoned the TON project on May 12.
Solonin’s decision to take the loan option on his $17 million investment signifies he will receive $18.7 million at the end of the term. He believes that around 30% of the $1.7 billion raised by investors in the 2018 Initial Coin Offering (ICO) will be converted to loans.
This would leave Telegram with an obligation to the remaining investors of around $500 million:
I think that should be enough for a year of work, taking into account the risks arising from the settlement of relations with the SEC. I hope that during this time Pavel will be able to come up with sources of income or a way to finance the company further.