Week Ahead Industry Previews: First Week of May 2024

  • Binance founder Changpeng Zhao’s sentencing hearing will take place on April 30th.
  • HKEX will open trading for Bitcoin and Ethereum spot ETFs on April 30th.
  • ETHGlobal Sydney will be held in Sydney, Australia from May 3rd to 5th.
  • Renzo token (REZ) will open for airdrop claim and trading.
  • $150 million worth of MEME will unlock on May 3rd.

Key Events

The sentencing hearing for Binance founder and former CEO Changpeng Zhao has been postponed from February 24th to April 30th, at the Federal Court in Seattle. Previously, on April 23rd, US prosecutors recommended a 36-month sentence for Zhao, while the federal sentencing guidelines set the maximum sentence for his crimes at 18 months. Zhao’s defense lawyers are seeking probation. The final outcome is pending further court proceedings.

Six virtual asset spot ETFs from Huaxia (Hong Kong), Bosera International, and Jiashi International will be listed and traded on HKEX on April 30th. Each institution will have one Bitcoin spot ETF and one Ethereum spot ETF. These products aim to closely track the performance of Bitcoin/Ethereum, using the CME CF Bitcoin Index or the Ethereum Index (Asia-Pacific closing price) to measure investment results. Management fees vary among the ETFs, with Jiashi’s Bitcoin and Ethereum spot ETFs having an annual management fee of 0.3% of net assets, exempt from fees for the first 6 months after listing; Bosera’s Bitcoin and Ethereum spot ETFs have a management fee of 0.6% of net assets, temporarily waived for the first 4 months after listing; and Huaxia (Hong Kong) ETFs have a management fee of 0.99%.

The deadline for submitting withdrawal requests for initial bankruptcy assets in BlockFi is April 29th at 7:59 AM. Additionally, requests for user verification information must be submitted by May 4th at 7:59 AM.

Project Updates

Regarding project tokens and airdrops, here are some notable progress:

Decentralized lending protocol ZeroLend hinted to launch its token ZERO on April 29th. ZeroLend completed a $3 million seed round financing in February this year. Aevo started pre-trading the ZeroLend token ZERO on April 18th.

Notcoin Token postponed its launch to the end of April, originally scheduled for April 20th.

Solana ecosystem liquidity management protocol kamino is set to launch its token KMNO on April 30th. The total supply is 10 billion, with allocations for the community and donations at 35%, liquidity and treasury at 10%, core contributors at 20%, and primary advisors at 35%.

Ethereum Re-staking protocol Renzo Will open token claim for the ezPoints Season 1 reward airdrop on April 30th at 19:00. Users have 30 days to claim, and unclaimed tokens will be added to Season 2’s airdrop.

NFT lending protocol NFTfi states that token claiming will open on April 30th at 20:30 and continue for 41 days until June 10th. Unclaimed tokens will be returned to the community and reward pool for future distributions.

Social platform UXLINK initiating its first-season airdrop activity, expected to cover 10% of active users. Airdrop will be distributed via NFT vouchers, starting casting on May 3rd.

Avail token (AVAIL) verification date extended to May 5th. AVAIL token plans to distribute 600 million tokens to 354,605 wallet addresses.

Decentralized AI computing network Apus’s First community point activity “Apus AI Art & GPU Campaign” open until May 5th. The activity uses the Galxe platform for point accumulation.

Regarding network upgrades:

Ethereum Layer 2 network scroll states that Bernoulli mainnet upgrade scheduled for April 29th at 10:00. Introducing EIP-4844 data blob for L1 data availability and SHA2-256 precompiled support.

Web3 social platform friend.tech released version 2 on April 29th.

OP_CAT protocol is expected to go live on the Bitcoin testnet Signet on April 30th, allowing developers to build OP_CAT applications using CatVM.

Tanssi network is Launching the “Let’s Forkin’ Dance” incentive testnet event on April 30th, allocating 1% of tokens for this incentive.

Illuvium private Beta 4 is planned to commence on April 30th and run until May 28th.

dYdX Chain’s software upgrade to v4.1.0 scheduled for block 14,404,200, expected around April 29th at 20:30 Beijing time.

Bitcoin layer 2 network BOB’s Mainnet release delayed to May 1st to accommodate additional testing and auditing.

Shiba Inu’s L2 solution Shibarium’s hard fork scheduled for May 2nd to enhance network speed and reduce costs, aiming to lower transaction fees to 0.0000219 BONE (approximately $0.00001).

Regarding CEX:

Crypto.com’s application launch in South Korea, originally set for April 29th, has been postponed.

OKX has shut down its services in India, requiring Indian users to close their accounts and redeem funds by April 30th.

Upcoming Events

The application deadline for Binance Labs Incubation S7 has been extended to May 1st, 7:59 AM Beijing time.

Farcaster Developer Conference (FarCon) 2024 is scheduled to take place from May 1st to May 5th at Venice Beach, Los Angeles, USA. Key events include the Farcaster Summit, FarHack Hackathon, Farcaster Creator Economy Summit, Farconcert Music Festival, and several peripheral activities.

ETHGlobal Sydney is set to be held from May 3rd to May 5th in Sydney, Australia. Pragma Sydney is taking place on May 2nd in Sydney, Australia, as part of ETHGlobal Sydney.

Token Unlocks

According to Token Unlocks data, several tokens, including MEME, OP, and DYDX, will undergo significant one-time unlocks this week, with a total value exceeding $300 million. Here are the details:

  • Approximately 5.31 billion MEME will be unlocked on May 3rd at 15:30 UTC, valued at around $150 million, representing 31.94% of the circulating supply.
  • Around 33.33 million DYDX will be unlocked on May 1st at 8:00 UTC, valued at approximately $71 million, constituting 10.72% of the circulating supply.
  • Approximately 24.16 million OP will be unlocked on April 29th at 12:00 UTC, valued at about $56 million, representing 2.31% of the circulating supply.
  • Around 33.33 million ENA will be unlocked on May 2nd at 7:00 UTC, valued at roughly $44 million, accounting for 3.76% of the circulating supply.
  • Approximately 1.66 million PRIME will be unlocked on April 30th at 8:00 UTC, valued at approximately $30 million, constituting 4.43% of the circulating supply.
  • Around 5.18 million GAL will be unlocked on May 5th at 8:00 UTC, valued at about $23.5 million, representing 5.76% of the circulating supply.

Governance Voting

Uniswap V3 Deployment on Taiko Mainnet The proposal to deploy Uniswap V3 on the Taiko mainnet is currently open for voting until April 29th.

Ambire Wallet Integration of Scroll zkEVM Governance Vote Ambire Wallet is planning to add governance voting for the integration of Scroll zkEVM. The voting is scheduled to close on April 30th.

ApeCoin DAO Community Proposal for APE-Token Supported NFT Launchpad The community proposal for an “NFT Launchpad Supported by APE Token” by ApeCoin DAO is currently undergoing voting and will conclude on May 2nd. The main objective of this proposal is to establish an NFT Launchpad where creators can mint, showcase, and trade NFTs using the APE token on the ERC-20 network.