The embattled crypto exchange FTX has informed the public that the FTX parent firm West Realm Shires Services, Alameda Research, and approximately 130 additional affiliated companies have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware.
FTX’s Parent Company, Alameda Research, and 130 Associated Firms Voluntarily Commence Bankruptcy Proceedings
After days of confusion and speculation, the firm FTX has announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S., according to a Twitter statement. The letter details that West Realm Shires Services (FTX International’s parent firm), Alameda Research, and approximately 130 additional affiliated firms have commenced voluntary proceedings.
Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), FTX’s CEO has stepped down from the role of CEO and has been replaced by an individual named John J. Ray III. “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,” the FTX statement said on Friday.
The news follows a tumultuous three days where FTX’s valuation slid from $32 billion to zero. It also follows the discussions with Binance as the world’s largest exchange said it would acquire FTX but then announced it would be backing out of purchasing FTX after due diligence.
The announcement does exclude specific FTX-related subsidiaries including Ledgerx, FTX Digital Markets, FTX Australia, and FTX Express Pay. According to the founder of Skybridge Capital, Anthony Scaramucci, he flew out to the Bahamas to help SBF but saw that the issue was more than just a liquidity issue.