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FTX Finds $7.3 Billion in Liquid Assets; Lawyers Consider Rebooting Shuttered Crypto Exchange

FTX debtors revealed during a hearing on April 12th that the restructuring team has collected $7.3 billion in liquid assets. The exchange is currently considering a relaunch, according to a lawyer representing the defunct cryptocurrency exchange. Following the announcement, the exchange’s token, FTT, increased by over 70%, rising from $1.30 to $2.35 per unit.

Lawyers Say FTX Is Considering a Reboot

Lawyers representing FTX debtors recently told the U.S. bankruptcy judge that they have been discussing the possibility of relaunching the exchange. Andrew Dietderich of Sullivan & Cromwell stated that there are various opinions being deliberated regarding the matter. The law firm has been investigating tax implications and “long-term options.” Additionally, the restructuring team has discovered $7.3 billion in liquid assets, and chief restructuring officer John J. Ray III and his team have published a 43-page interim report.

The report outlines several control failures in the areas of finance and accounting, digital asset management, and management and governance. In particular, “a handful of employees had, among them, virtually limitless power to direct transfers of fiat currency and crypto assets and to hire and fire employees, with no effective oversight or controls to act as checks on how they exercised those powers.” The report also notes FTX failed to implement basic, widely accepted security controls to protect cryptocurrency assets.

During the search for information, FTX debtors had to scrutinize Quickbooks records, senior officials’ laptops, and Slack conversations. The report notes that certain entities in the FTX Group used Quickbooks as their general ledgers. It also points out that senior FTX officials “commingled and misused corporate and customer funds” and “lied to third parties.” This idea of rebooting the exchange was first mentioned in January when Ray confirmed that he was open to the possibility of reviving FTX.

After news of a possible relaunch was made public, FTX’s crypto token, FTT, rose 70% against the U.S. dollar from $1.30 before the court hearing to the current $2.44 per unit. A large number of FTT was illicitly released from FTT’s main deployer address last year. While the bankrupt exchange holds FTT, it is highly consolidated, with the top ten wallets holding 94.19% of the circulating supply.

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What do you think about the possibility of FTX relaunching? Should the exchange be given a second chance or is it time to move on from FTX? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman is the News Lead at News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 6,000 articles for News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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