February 12, 2018
VIA WEB POSTING
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Case No.: 1:16-cv-06848-BMC
I am writing to you as the Receiver of the Platinum entities that are under receivership in the above-referenced case. The purpose of this letter is to provide an update on certain key developments. I recently filed my Second Status Report, which covers the period October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. A copy of this report can be found on the Receiver’s website (www.platinumreceivership.com).
My primary focus continues to be the monetization of Platinum’s investment portfolio. During the last quarter, Platinum received approximately $11.5 million from the sale of its assets. (This is in addition to the approximately $11 million received by the Platinum Receivership from the liquidation of certain assets during the preceding quarter.) The following investments were liquidated during the period October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017:
- Acceleration Bay ($10.54 million, plus a 5% residual interest)
- AirDye ($1.265 million)
- Clifford Chance/Excalibur ($99,000)
Moreover, Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. (“Houlihan Lokey”), which was previously retained by the Receivership to market certain Platinum assets, has worked diligently to prepare for marketing and sale of the Abdala gold tailings project in Brazil and Platinum’s life settlements portfolio, among other assets. In addition, my team continues to work productively with Conway MacKenzie Capital Advisors, LLC (“Conway MacKenzie”), which was retained to market certain assets not being marketed by Houlihan Lokey. In the period ahead, I anticipate the satisfactory completion of several of these firms’ marketing and disposition efforts. As with the sale of other assets, none of these Receivership Assets are being marketed or sold on a “fire sale” basis.
In addition, since the last report, per my request, three additional Platinum entities have been added to the receivership estate: (i) Platinum Partners Liquid Opportunity Master Fund L.P.; (ii) Platinum Partners Credit Opportunities Fund International Ltd; and (iii) Platinum Partners Credit Opportunities Fund International (A) Ltd. I do not contemplate adding any additional entities at this time, although I reserve the right to make such a request at a future date.
I will report on my continuing efforts to monetize Receivership Assets by filing periodic reports with the Court and organizing “town hall” style webinar/telephone conferences. The first such webinar took place on December 20, 2017. A video of the town hall meeting has been posted on the Receiver’s website (www.platinumreceivership.com). I have scheduled the next webinar for March 1, 2018 from 12:30-1:30 (ET). Notice of the webinar and how to participate has been posted on the Receiver’s website.
Finally, my team of professionals and Platinum’s Chief Financial Officer continue to work with Deloitte Tax LLP in connection with the preparation of Platinum’s local, state and federal tax returns. K-1s for the year ended December 31, 2016 for the PPCO Fund LLC and the PPCO Fund (TE) LLC were mailed to investors on December 13, 2017 and December 28, 2017, respectively. K-1s for investors in the PPLO (USA) Fund LP are near completion and we anticipate sending Final K-1s for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2016 in the next 2 weeks. Completing and filing these tax returns has required more work, as there have not been any PPLO (USA) Fund LP tax returns completed since 2014.
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Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.
Melanie L. Cyganowski
February 6, 2018
VIA WEB POSTING
Melanie L. Cyganowski, as Receiver
Investor & Creditor Forum
I am pleased to announce that I will hold a virtual forum for Platinum Partners Investors and Creditors on March 1, 2018 from 12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. Eastern. During the forum, I plan to provide an update on the Receivership, including the steps I have taken since the last forum and our plans moving forward. There will also be time for questions.
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Melanie L. Cyganowski
You are invited to a Platinum Receivership webinar.
When: Mar 1, 2018 12:30 PM (Eastern Time - US and Canada)
Topic: Investor & Creditor Forum 2
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