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Examiner could cost $100M and ‘provide no benefit’

Examiner could cost $100M and ‘provide no benefit’

An investigation into FTX’s collapse by an examiner could cost the firm upwards of $100 million without providing any benefit to creditors or equity holders, argues lawyers representing the bankrupt crypto exchange. 

The arguments were part of a Jan. 25 objection to a motion from the United States Trustee in December, which called for the judge to appoint an independent examiner to ensure any investigations are transparent and their findings made public.

FTX lawyers argued that creditors would not benefit from an examiner investigation which duplicates investigations led by FTX’s CEO John J. Ray III, a committee of creditors, law enforcement agencies, and congress, adding:

“The appointment of an examiner, with a mandate to be determined, can be expected to cost these estates in the tens of millions of dollars. Indeed, if history is a guide, the cost could near or exceed $100 million.”

The creditors committee, also known as The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, submitted their own objection to the appointment of an independent examiner on Jan. 25, also citing the prohibitive costs involved and the investigations of various parties which are already underway.

In the original motion, the U.S. Trustee had noted if the court was concerned about the duplication of work, it could allow the examiner to access existing work, adding:

“An examiner may also allow for a faster and more cost-effective resolution of these cases by allowing Mr. Ray to focus on his primary duty of stabilizing the Debtors’ businesses while allowing the examiner to conduct the investigation.”

Joint provisional liquidators in the Bahamas and FTX.US also opposed the appointment on Jan. 25, pointing to a section of the bankruptcy code which allows the judge to appoint an examiner “as is appropriate,” and arguing that the unnecessary costs and delays which would accompany the appointment of an examiner renders it “inappropriate.”

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The appointment of an independent examiner has been a key topic throughout FTXs bankruptcy trial.

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