Mar 13, 2023

Silicon Valley Bank Collapses, Regulators Take Action

The swift downfall of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has sent shockwaves throughout the financial sector, leading regulators in the United States and United Kingdom to take emergency action and raising fears among venture capitalists, small businesses, and other depositors who have funds stuck at the California tech bank.

In this article, Cointelegraph’s team has compiled a roundup of the latest developments surrounding the troubled bank.

March 10: California regulator shuts down Silicon Valley Bank

The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation announced on March 10 that Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was ordered to cease operations. The California regulator appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as the receiver to protect insured deposits, which are covered up to $250,000 per depositor, per institution, and per ownership category.

The bank held over $5 billion in funds from major venture capital firms, including Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz. SVB is one of the top 20 largest banks in the United States and provides banking services to crypto-friendly venture companies.

March 10: The world responds to the bank’s crisis

The Bank of England stated on March 10 that SVB UK will “stop making payments or accepting deposits” and the central bank intends to apply to the court to place SVB UK into a “Bank Insolvency Procedure.”

U.S. depositors lined up to withdraw funds. According to an unconfirmed report, the FDIC was planning to cover 95% of uninsured SVB deposits, with 50% of them to be paid out in the coming week.

The bank’s downfall was swift, coming less than 48 hours after management disclosed that they needed to raise $2.25 billion in stock to shore up operations. Its stock price subsequently plunged, falling over 60% on March 9.

March 11: The crypto industry begins to feel the pain

Reports emerge of crypto industry exposure to the failed bank. Circle had $3.3 billion in SVB. A spokesperson for Circle told Cointelegraph that “While we await clarity on how the FDIC receivership of SVB will impact its depositors, Circle and USDC continue to operate normally.”

Circle’s Reserves Composition as of March 9, 2023. Source: Circle

Circle’s USDC stablecoin depegged and lost over 10% of its value. The USDC (USDC) depeg led to a domino effect that knocked several stablecoins from their pegs as well. DAI (DAI), USDD and FRAX were affected. Circle announced that it would use corporate “resources” to cover the shortfall caused by the SVB collapse.

USDC slowly recovers after losing its $1 peg on March 11. Source: CoinMarketCap

March 11: Contagion fears spread

Reverberations were felt throughout the DeFi community as whales sought to transfer funds away from USDC. DAI issuer MakerDAO issued an emergency proposal to mitigate its $3.1 billion exposure to USDC. Swapping pool Curve Finance saw record-breaking trading of $7 billion on Mach 11. Fear of contagion mounted rapidly, with regional banks seen as particularly at risk, and dire warnings were sounded. At the same time, venture capitalists and others rallied around SVB to express their willingness to continue to work with the bank, should it be purchased and recapitalized.

March 12: Regulators spring into action

Regulators in the United States and United Kingdom began to take action to deal with the SVB collapse. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in an interview that the Treasury was focused on depositors’ needs and would not bail out the bank. U.K Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stated that there were “immediate plans to ensure the short-term operational and cash flow needs of Silicon Valley Bank UK customers.”

The Bank of London has made a formal bid for the U.K. branch of SVB.

Bloomberg reported that the FDIC had been conducting an auction process for SVB on the night of March 11. The Wall Street Journal reported that bidding closed at 14:00 ET March 12. Elon Musk said in a tweet that he was “open to the idea” of buying the bank. The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is also reported to be preparing “material action.”

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