Liquidators have been called in to wind up an Australian cryptocurrency exchange, which could see investors losing everything due to a lack of regulation.  

Melbourne-based cryptocurrency exchange MyCryptoWallet’s chief executive, Jaryd Tyson Koenigsmann, appointed liquidators SV Partners on Friday December 3, according to ASIC documents.

MyCryptoWallet was established in 2017 and has previously claimed it had signed up 20,000 customers.

The trading platform allowed people to buy and sell cryptocurrency such as bitcoin, ethereum, XRP and litecoin.

In April, ASIC was also understood to be investigating multiple complaints about the MyCryptoWallet.

The company’s accounts were frozen in 2019 after a dispute with NAB.

SV Partners will release its first creditors’ report on 17 December. The administrators are also looking for a buyer to purchase the company’s “technological infrastructure”.

MyCryptoWallet is the second cryptocurrency exchange to fail in two months. In October, Blockchain Global Limited collapsed, owing investors $21 million.

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Warning for investors

Unlike banks there is no government guarantee for cryptocurrency exchanges.

“I think that’s one of the things that a lot of consumers don’t understand, that the cryptocurrency held on the exchange is not theirs in the same way. They don’t have direct control over it,” said RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub’s Aaron Lane. 

“They don’t have custody over those assets. It’s the exchange that has the custody over it.” 

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