FTX Bankruptcy – Lays off around 600 Employees

SBF’s cryptocurrency exchange FTX has announced that it’s filing for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US along with its other entities (FTX, FTX US, Alameda).

This move which was the only solution for the company left after a chain of events happening in just last week from FTX being hit with liquidation, Binance promising to takeover FTX and eventually announcing that it doesn’t want anything to do with the exchange.

As part of and a direct result of the bankruptcy filing, the company is shutting down some of its offices in the Bahamas, US, and letting go of a huge number of employees – confirmed through the impacted employees.

The current total number of employees as per the company’s LinkedIn page for FTX/Alameda Research stands around 650.

SBF took to Twitter to elaborate on the the bankruptcy –

Here is a copy of FTX’s Press release

FTX Group Companies Commence Voluntary Chapter 11 Proceedings in the United States Begin Orderly Process to Review and Monetize Assets for Benefit of Global Stakeholders John J. Ray III Appointed Chief Executive Officer; Sam Bankman-Fried Resigns

FTX Trading Ltd. (d.b.a. FTX.com), announced today that it, West Realm Shires Services Inc. (d.b.a. FTX US), Alameda Research Ltd. and approximately 130 additional affiliated companies (together, the “FTX Group”), have commenced voluntary proceedings under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the District of Delaware in order to begin an orderly process to review and monetize assets for the benefit of all global stakeholders.

John J. Ray III has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the FTX Group. Sam Bankman-Fried has resigned his role as Chief Executive Officer and will remain to assist in an orderly transition. Many employees of the FTX Group in various countries are expected to continue with the FTX Group and assist Mr. Ray and independent professionals in its operations during the Chapter 11 proceedings. “The immediate relief of Chapter 11 is appropriate to provide the FTX Group the opportunity to assess its situation and develop a process to maximize recoveries for stakeholders,” said Mr. Ray.

“The FTX Group has valuable assets that can only be effectively administered in an organized, joint process. I want to ensure every employee, customer, creditor, contract party, stockholder, investor, governmental authority and other stakeholder that we are going to conduct this effort with diligence, thoroughness and transparency. Stakeholders should understand that events have been fast-moving and the new team is engaged only recently. Stakeholders should review the materials filed on the docket of the proceedings over the coming days for more information.”

Excluded Subsidiaries
The following subsidiaries are not included in the Chapter 11 proceedings: LedgerX LLC, FTX Digital Markets Ltd., FTX Australia Pty Ltd. and FTX Express Pay Ltd..

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