Megan Crowell, the chief people officer at crypto lending firm BlockFi, has petitioned a court to allow bonuses for “key employees” amid Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
In a Jan. 23 declaration for United State Bankruptcy Court in the District of New Jersey, Crowell said without giving certain financial incentives, BlockFi might be unable to retain employees in a “highly competitive” crypto industry. According to the BlockFi executive, many staff were “highly likely to leave the company” amid the Chapter 11 process without “competitive compensation”, potentially adding to costs down the road.
“The war for talent remains active, and the Participants have many opportunities inside and outside the cryptocurrency sector,” said Crowell. “Individuals with cryptocurrency experience are attractive to employers in the finance, technology, and payment platform industries broadly, among others, especially as these industries adapt their products and services to incorporate cryptocurrency and or related technologies.”
BlockFi filed for bankruptcy on Nov. 28, saying at the time the firm had roughly $257 million on hand and filed a motion to “establish a Key Employee Retention Plan to ensure the company retains trained internal resources for business-critical functions” as the works did not qualify for severance. According to Crowell, the proposed plan would offer employees bonuses of 20-50% of their salaries should they remain at the firm as of Jan. 31.
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