Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, is aiming to amass about $1 billion dollars in a crypto recovery fund targeted at purchasing distressed digital assets.
Changpeng Zhao, Binance’s CEO, told Bloomberg Television on Thursday that the leading exchange is willing to extend the target amount if need be. The fund will be open to contributions from participants in the cryptocurrency industry, the CEO added.
Over a week ago, Zhao announced that it was forming an industry recovery fund “to reduce further cascading negative effects of FTX.” The fund will also help “projects who are otherwise strong but in a liquidity crisis,” Zhao said.
To reduce further cascading negative effects of FTX, Binance is forming an industry recovery fund, to help projects who are otherwise strong, but in a liquidity crisis. More details to come soon. In the meantime, please contact Binance Labs if you think you qualify. 1/2
— CZ 🔶 Binance (@cz_binance) November 14, 2022
The leading crypto exchange’s announcement comes weeks after Bahama-headquarter cryptocurrency exchange, FTX, filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States following a liquidity crisis and a failed bail-out attempt from Binance. New revelations from the bankruptcy proceedings suggest that FTX could be owing up to 1 million creditors as the once-beloved exchange was poorly managed under Sam Bankman-Fried, its Founder and former CEO.
In the past months, the crypto markets have been thrown into turmoil with the failure of major crypto firms. In May, Luna and TerraUST collapsed, wiping out an estimated $60 billion from the cryptocurrency market. In the aftermath of this collapse, crypto asset broker Voyager Digital and digital asset lender Celcius Network went bankrupt.
FTX initially won the bid to acquire Voyager Digital. However, with the crypto exchange struggling not to collapse completely, Binance has started positioning itself to take over the bankrupt cryptocurrency brokerage firm. On the other hand, the cryptocurrency markets continue to suffer price hits, with Bitcoin earlier this week sinking to its lowest level since November 2020.
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