- FTX exchange has sued former employees of Salameda, a Hong Kong based entity affiliated with the trading platform.
- The court filing shows that the bankrupt exchange seeks to recover $157.3 million from Salameda employees.
- FTX creditors struggle to agree with or dispute their scheduled claims worth $7.9 billion, a week away from the deadline.
FTX exchange initiated legal proceedings against former employees of Salameda, a Hong Kong incorporated entity that is affiliated with the platform. Administrators of the bankrupt exchange, which are handling its liquidation, seeks to recover $157.3 million from the firm claiming it was controlled by Samuel Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of FTX.
These developments come at a time when creditors of the exchange are reporting technical problems and are yet to agree or dispute claims worth $7.9 billion, a week away from the September 29 deadline.
FTX sues Salameda employees
In the past few weeks, bankrupt FTX exchange has approached sports influencers, athletes, Formula 1 teams or universities that received donations from the exchange and its founder, in an attempt to recover funds for paying back its creditors.
In another move aligned with this objective, FTX exchange sued employees Michael Burgess, Matthew Burgess, their mother Lesley Burgess, Kevin Nguyen, Darren Wong and two companies that had accounts registered at FTX.com and FTX US for fraudulently withdrawing assets in the days leading up to the bankruptcy.
According to the court filing, defendants attempted to quickly withdraw their assets in the preference period, or the 90-day period before the bankruptcy filing. This was an attempt to ensure that their withdrawals go through on priority.
FTX therefore seeks $157.3 million, the collective pricing of the assets as of August 31, from the aforementioned individuals and entities. The recovery of these funds is key as they would add to the assets that the exchange can use to pay back its creditors and make them whole, nearly a year past the bankruptcy filing.
FTX creditors struggle to agree to claims
September 29 is the deadline for filing a proof of claim in case creditors want to dispute their scheduled claim with FTX.com or FTX US, according to a bankruptcy court filing from September 11. On combining the “yet to be filed” claims represented in gray in the bar charts below, the total value of claims “yet to be agreed with or disputed” stands at $7.9 billion.
This means that 72% of the overall claims filed to date are yet to be agreed or disputed. The number is relatively high when considering that the deadline to file a proof of claim is a week away. According to posts on social media platforms like X, many users are reporting technical problems in submitting their claims and passing Know Your Customer (KYC). This is one of the reasons for a large percentage of claims waiting to be filed.
FTX Customer claims details
The exchange’s former CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried, is set to go on trial on October 3.
Bitcoin, altcoins, stablecoins FAQs
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