Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 27, 2022



Grayscale® Bitcoin Trust (BTC)

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)






(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer
Identification No.)






c/o Grayscale Investments, LLC

290 Harbor Drive, 4th Floor


Stamford, Connecticut



(Address of Principal Executive Offices)


(Zip Code)


Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: 212 668-1427



(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


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Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (BTC) Shares





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Item 4.01 Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant.

Grayscale Investments, LLC, the sponsor (the “Sponsor”) of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (BTC) (the “Trust”) was notified that the audit practice of Friedman LLP, the Trust’s independent registered public accounting firm (“Friedman”), was combined with Marcum LLP (“Marcum”) effective September 1, 2022. On September 27, 2022, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Sponsor approved the dismissal of Friedman and the engagement of Marcum to serve as the independent registered public accounting firm of the Trust. The services previously provided by Friedman will now be provided by Marcum.


The reports of Friedman on the financial statements of the Trust for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 contained no adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principle, except for the inclusion of an emphasis of matter paragraph with respect to investments in digital assets. In connection with its audits of the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 and reviews of the Trust’s financial statements through September 27, 2022, there were no disagreements with Friedman on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreements, if not resolved to the satisfaction of Friedman, would have caused them to make reference thereto in their report on the financial statements for such years.


The Sponsor has furnished to Friedman the statements made in this Item 4.01. Attached as Exhibit 16.1 to this Form 8-K is Friedman’s letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), dated September 29, 2022 regarding these statements.


During the two most recent fiscal years and through September 27, 2022, the Trust has not consulted with Marcum on any matter that (i) involved the application of accounting principles to a specified transaction, either completed or proposed, or the type of audit opinion that might be rendered on the Trust’s financial statements, in each case where a written report was provided or oral advice was provided that Marcum concluded was an important factor considered by the Trust in reaching a decision as to the accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue; or (ii) was either the subject of a disagreement, as that term is defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K (“Regulation S-K”) promulgated by the SEC and the related instructions to Item 304 of Regulation S-K, or a “reportable event,” as described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits


Exhibit No.








Letter, dated September 29, 2022 from Friedman LLP to the SEC, regarding change in certifying accountant of the Company



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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.




Grayscale Investments, LLC as Sponsor of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (BTC)






September 29, 2022


/s/ Michael Sonnenshein




Michael Sonnenshein
Chief Executive Officer



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