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Top Stories This Week
An earthquake rattled the crypto space this week, its impact felt in numerous related stories regarding FTX, Alameda Research and Binance. Although the bad news came rolling in this week, suspicions relating to FTX’s status appear to have started on Nov. 2. The concerns had to do with a large number of FTX Token (FTT) held by Alameda (Sam Bankman-Fried, aka SBF, founded Alameda and co-founded FTX). By Nov. 6, Binance had decided it would sell its sizable position in FTT. FTX withdrawal issues surfaced on Nov. 7, symptomatic of a bank run. Binance expressed interest in buying FTX but declined the purchase, citing concerns on Nov. 9.
Other developments throughout the week included SBF reportedly requesting $8 billion to cover exchange withdrawals and news of the situation affecting other big players such as Sequoia Capital, as well as related regulatory headlines.
Nov. 11 saw SBF’s resignation as well as FTX, Alameda and FTX US applying for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States. About 130 entities under FTX Group are filing for bankruptcy.
On Nov. 10, FTX saw its assets frozen and its registration suspended by the Securities Commission of The Bahamas, based on suspicions of mishandled client funds. A provisional liquidator was elected by the Bahamian Supreme Court, meaning FTX must now obtain permission to touch any of its assets. FTX is primarily based in the Bahamas, falling under its jurisdiction. The situation regarding FTX user withdrawals has been touch and go, with some withdrawals seemingly approved and funds leaving the exchange. Additionally, FTX negotiated a deal with Tron to allow holders of TRX, BTT, JST, SUN, and HT to swap assets from FTX to external wallets without penalty.