In a significant move towards paying billions owed to creditors, FTX has gained bankruptcy court approval to begin liquidating its $744 million worth of stakes in digital trusts managed by Grayscale Investments.
FTX, embroiled in bankruptcy since last year following its collapse, has since been working under new leadership to locate assets and unravel a tangled debt network owed to various creditors, including customers who invested cash and crypto on the platform. So far, according to court documents, FTX’s administrators have managed to recover about $7 billion in assets, including $3.4 billion worth of crypto.
FTX expressed readiness to sell its Grayscale assets held at Grayscale and Bitwise in a November 3 court filing. These Trust assets comprise various exchange-traded products Grayscale manages, including Bitcoin and Ethereum Trusts. FTX’s stakes in these trusts, worth approximately $744 million as of last month, now form part of the assets slated for sale.
FTX argued that liquidating these assets is critical to mitigate against potential downturns in the Trust Assets’ price, maximize the Debtors’ estates’ value, and allow for upcoming dollarized distributions to creditors. The company believes this monetization of Trust Assets represents a sound exercise of business judgment that will benefit creditors and stakeholders by mitigating market risk and preparing the estates for plan distributions.
As part of its liquidation strategy, FTX plans to appoint an investment adviser, whose role will be to market and sell the Trust Asset under a court-approved investment services agreement.
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