FTX reaches settlement with BlockFi, may pay up to US$874 million

BANKRUPT crypto firms FTX and BlockFi have resolved their disputes stemming from the businesses’ collapses in 2022, with FTX agreeing to pay BlockFi as much as US$874 million, in line with courtroom paperwork filed on Wednesday (Mar 6).

The settlement is topic to approval by US chapter decide John Dorsey in Wilmington, Delaware.

The two firms had sued one another in 2023, in search of to recuperate cash that they had loaned one another earlier than they each went bankrupt in November 2022. Under the brand new settlement, FTX agreed to prioritise a US$250 million fee to BlockFi, and the rest of the settlement is contingent on its efforts to repay its personal clients in chapter.

The two firms had a detailed relationship earlier than a 2022 market crash revealed FTX’s widespread misuse of buyer funds. BlockFi supplied loans to FTX’s affiliated hedge fund Alameda Research, and it turned to FTX for rescue financing throughout a risky cryptocurrency market in the summertime 2022.

FTX may pay BlockFi as much as US$689 million on account of the Alamexa loans, however solely the primary US$250 million is assured. The the rest is contingent on FTX’s skill to first repay its personal clients and different collectors, in line with courtroom paperwork filed in Delaware and New Jersey chapter courts.

FTX additionally agreed to pay BlockFi an extra US$185.3 million, to account for the quantity that BlockFi held in its FTX buying and selling accounts when the cryptocurrency trade collapsed in 2022.

FTX expects to totally repay its personal clients, however that consequence is just not assured, an FTX lawyer stated in January.

BlockFi had beforehand agreed to repay FTX as much as US$275 million from the 2022 rescue mortgage, however provided that it could possibly first repay its personal clients in full.

BlockFi has stated it’s unlikely to totally repay clients who had interest-bearing BlockFi accounts. The firm beforehand estimated that these clients would possibly obtain between 39.4 per cent and 100 per cent of the worth of their accounts.

As a part of the settlement, BlockFi agreed to drop its lawsuit over 56 million in Robinhood shares that have been allegedly pledged as collateral for BlockFi’s loans to Alameda. Those fairness shares have been later seized by the US Department of Justice when FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested.

Bankman-Fried was convicted in November 2023 of stealing US$8 billion from FTX clients. He is ready to be sentenced on Mar 28, and is predicted to attraction his conviction. REUTERS