One of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, FTX Trading, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday. As a result of Sam Bankman-resignation Fried as CEO, the corporation has named John J. Ray III to that position.
According to a statement released on Friday, Bankman-Fried intends to remain with FTX throughout the company’s bankruptcy proceedings.
Ray said in the statement, “The immediate relief of Chapter 11 is necessary to enable the FTX Group the opportunity to examine its circumstances and design a mechanism to maximize recoveries for stakeholders.” FTX has also owned the naming rights to the Miami Heat’s home arena since 2019. Miami-Dade County is the proud owner of FTX Arena.
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The Miami-Dade County government and the Miami Heat issued a joint statement Friday night in response to the bankruptcy, in which they stated they will “immediately take action to terminate our business connections with FTX” and look for a “new naming-rights partner.”
This week, FTX’s issues were made public when CEO Tim Bankman-Fried informed a group of investors that FTX needed around $8 billion to back up its consumers’ crypto holdings. He also expressed concern that unless the company received a substantial infusion of capital, it would be forced to declare bankruptcy.
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— FTX (@FTX_Official) November 11, 2022
After Voyager Digital and Celsius Network, FTX is the third cryptocurrency firm to file for bankruptcy this year. BlockFi, a cryptocurrency lender that FTX bailed out with $400 million earlier this year, has also been thrown into doubt by the filing.
FTX’s trading subsidiary, Alameda Research, is the subject of a federal investigation, and this probe is included in the bankruptcy case along with FTX’s U.S. activities. According to the Associated Press, the SEC is investigating whether or not Alameda workers made speculative investments with FTX customer assets.
On Thursday, officials in the state of California announced that they, too, are investigating FTX; however, they did not specify what aspects of the company were being scrutinized.
On Friday morning, the market for cryptocurrencies took a dive after hearing about the collapse of FTX. Both Bitcoin and Ether dropped about 5%. Coins like Ripple and Dogecoin on the Binance exchange, as well as Ripple and Binance Coin, all fell. The price of Solana, of which Alameda owns a large stake, dropped by almost 4%.
This Monday, Binance’s CEO, Changpeng Zhao, announced that his company had reached an agreement to acquire FTX, a competitor cryptocurrency exchange. Doubts were cast on FTX’s future when Zhao abandoned the plan the following day.
Bankman-Fried, before he resigned, claimed that FTX was exploring measures to increase liquidity to protect user accounts. On Thursday night, FTX announced that its users would be able to trade in their cryptocurrency holdings for Tron, a token owned by the Tronix network.
Justin Sun, the founder of Tron, told Reuters that he can help save FTX from bankruptcy.
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Bankman-Fried, a renowned figure in the cryptocurrency community, has stepped down as FTX’s CEO as of this week. He was an early supporter of cryptocurrency and has since risen to prominence in the crypto community.
Bankman-Fried is the son of two academics who met at Stanford. He earned a degree in physics from MIT before relocating to Hong Kong and founding Alameda.
Bankman-Fried spent some time in China but ultimately returned to the Bahamas, where he established FTX in 2019, just as interest in cryptocurrencies was beginning to rise.
Bankman-personal Fried’s wealth grew to $16.5 billion after he bought a variety of tokens a few years ago. The Wall Street Journal reports that he has spent $40 million on mostly Democratic candidates and progressive organizations, making him a major political donor.
According to Bloomberg, the 30-year-old also donated $50 million to help with pandemic relief in India. Bankman-Fried, a vegan who enjoys playing League of Legends, is regarded as the “crypto savior” for loaning hundreds of millions of dollars to failing crypto startups.
Bankman-charitable Fried’s giving is likely to come to an end for the time being as a result of FTX’s bankruptcy case. Within a matter of days, the value of his assets had dropped to zero, as measured by the Bloomberg Asset Index.
FTX Trading, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Following Sam Bankman’s retirement as CEO, the company has appointed John J. Ray III to that role.
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