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Founder’s Fraud Conviction Spells End for FTX Exchange, Liquidation Ahead

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  • FTX abandons plans to restart its crypto exchange, opting instead for a liquidation process aimed at fully repaying customers.
  • The company has recovered over $7 billion in assets and anticipates full repayment to customers based on November 2022 cryptocurrency prices.

FTX, once a prominent player in the cryptocurrency exchange landscape, has officially shelved plans to rejuvenate its platform. In a strategic pivot, the company is now directing its efforts towards a comprehensive liquidation, as confirmed by FTX attorney Andy Dietderich during a recent bankruptcy court hearing in Delaware.

From Restart to Liquidation: A Strategic Shift

This decision marks the end of months-long negotiations with potential investors and bidders, none of whom were prepared to inject the necessary capital to revive the FTX exchange. The failed discussions have highlighted the fundamental flaws in FTX’s operations, with Dietderich stating that the company lacked the essential technology and administration to function as a viable business under founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s leadership. Bankman-Fried, now convicted on fraud charges, has left a legacy tainted by irresponsibility and deception.

Focusing on Asset Liquidation for Customer Repayment

Instead of attempting to rebuild from the ruins, FTX is now concentrating on liquidating its assets to settle the claims of customers whose cryptocurrency deposits were frozen following the company’s bankruptcy filing in November 2022. The company has successfully recovered over $7 billion in assets and has negotiated with government regulators to prioritize customer repayment over the settlement of approximately $9 billion in claims.

However, the repayment plan is not without controversy. FTX intends to calculate customer repayments based on cryptocurrency prices from November 2022, a decision that has sparked discontent among many customers. Notably, the value of Bitcoin has surged significantly since then, from $16,872 in November 2022 to about $43,300, leading to grievances about being shortchanged.

Legal Backing for Repayment Strategy

These customer concerns, however, were overruled by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Dorsey, who asserted that U.S. bankruptcy law mandates debts to be repaid based on their value at the time of the company’s bankruptcy filing. This legal stance leaves little room for flexibility, aligning with the strict guidelines of the Bankruptcy Code.

Expectations for Customers: A Path Forward

FTX has cautioned that the repayment process will not be swift, as the company needs to diligently verify the legitimacy of each customer claim. This procedural necessity comes in the wake of FTX facing a significant financial shortfall, which had left 9 million customers confronting potential massive losses.

As the saga unfolds, the cryptocurrency community is closely monitoring the developments surrounding FTX. With Bankman-Fried’s sentencing scheduled for March 28 and an expected appeal of his conviction, the story of FTX continues to be a cautionary tale in the volatile world of digital finance.

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