Three Different Parties Are Now Contesting Ownership of FTX Bankruptcy Assets


The conviction of Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of FTX, resulted in the seizure of assets totaling more than $11 billion. FTX bankruptcy assets are being claimed by FTX debtors, creditor organizations, and an offshore entity.

According to The Block, authorities confiscated Sam Bankman-Fried’s assets, which were valued at more than $11 billion, after his criminal conviction as the former CEO of FTX.

These assets consist of private aircraft, cryptocurrencies, and funds from bank accounts. Three primary parties—FTX debtors, creditor organizations, and an offshore entity established by Bankman-Fried—have initiated a legal dispute regarding ownership in response to the aftermath.

Bankman-Fried’s illicit activities, according to the FTX debtors, resulted in the acquisition of the sequestered FTX bankruptcy assets. These assets are wholly funded by debtor assets and are held by debtor entities or FTX Digital, as indicated by court documents. The debtors argue that the FTX bankruptcy assets should be regarded as part of the bankruptcy estate and, as a result, be utilized to satisfy creditors’ claims.

A lawsuit submitted in the Southern District of Florida has also been filed by Emergent, an offshore company established by Bankman-Fried, along with its liquidator and representatives of FTX creditors, to claim a portion of the FTX bankruptcy assets. Emergent maintains that it owns Robinhood equities valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, which include the proceeds from government stock sales.

Furthermore, the largest group of FTX creditors, headed by Sunil Kavuri and supported by Boies Schiller Flexner and The Moskowitz law firms, maintains that the $8 billion in forfeited assets were the result of Bankman-Fried’s fraudulent activities against FTX customers, rather than the FTX companies. Customers should receive Robinhood equities, bank funds, and cryptocurrencies from FTX bankruptcy assets, they contend.

Bankman-Fried was found guilty of a substantial fraud conspiracy in which he diverted billions of dollars from FTX customer funds to fund a variety of personal expenditures, political contributions, and ventures.

FTX’s bankruptcy attorneys assert in their filing that the bankruptcy court would serve the creditors’ best interests by granting their claims, despite the competing claims.

They emphasized that a reservoir of assets that has been accumulated since FTX’s collapse in 2022 could potentially be used to recover the lost funds and interest of customers of the defunct exchange. It is possible to sell these assets to bidders in order to facilitate repayments, including digital currencies and shares in businesses.

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