The cryptocurrency accounts for more than half of the company’s assets, according to documents lodged in the Supreme Court.

Another director with access to a further holding of the company’s bitcoin, Sam Lee, had not been responsive when contacted by email and the Chinese messaging service WeChat, the court was told.

Blockchain Global’s former director, Allan Guo, and CEO Sam Lee at a 2014 product launch.Credit:Paul Jeffers

“Blockchain’s current directors currently reside overseas and are difficult to contact,” Mr Yeo’s affidavit said.

The administrators were granted more time from the Supreme Court to conduct their work because of the complexities in recovering cryptocurrency.

Cryptocurrency is designed to be difficult to trace, which has made it popular for those involved in criminal activities, including drug dealing and money laundering.

Mr Yeo told The Sunday Age that Australian insolvency laws applied to cryptocurrency as they would for any other asset.

“There is no doubt that the recovery of cryptocurrency requires a novel approach compared to most traditional assets,” he said.

“It is certainly different to the recovery of funds from bank accounts. That is not to suggest that the recovery of such cryptocurrency is impossible.”

In a separate court action, investors are pursuing Blockchain and ACX and its directors for more than $10 million after they were no longer able to access their accounts in February 2020.

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