Geist Finance shuts down after Multichain-related losses

Defi lending project Geist Finance announced they would be shutting down after more than $200 million was drained from the Multichain project in two separate events in early July. Geist Finance had previously allowed people to borrow against assets bridged via Multichain, and had over $29 million TVL. However, price oracles are no longer reporting accurate prices of the bridged equivalents of tokens, which are now largely unbacked thanks to the missing assets, and trading at a massive discount to the original tokens.

Geist paused their smart contracts on July 6, then reenabled the withdraw and repay functions on July 9, while waiting for news from Multichain. Now that Multichain has confirmed that the missing hundreds of millions will not be recovered, Geist has announced they will not reopen. If they were to do so, the platform would almost immediately take on bad debt as people exploited the price discrepancies.

Multichain added, "Just to be clear this is in no way an attempt to blame Chainlink oracles which worked as they should. There are no oracles for the Multichain assets themselves because there was the expectation to exchange them 1:1. Nobody is to blame except Multichain here."