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July 13, 2023

FTX Bankruptcy Lawyers Seek $323 Million Recovery from FTX Europe Leadership

In Brief

FTX bankruptcy lawyers are seeking to recover $323.5 million from the management of FTX Europe in a filing to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.

The legal representatives of crypto exchange FTX are reportedly calling on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware to facilitate the recovery of over $323.5 million from FTX Europe’s leadership. The filing occurred on Wednesday, adding another chapter to the ongoing legal proceedings involving FTX.

FTX Bankruptcy Lawyers Seek $323 Million Recovery from European Subsidiary

FTX Trading Ltd. and Maclaurin Investments Ltd., which are part of Alameda Research, the hedge fund sector of the financially distressed FTX group, are the parties demanding the return of these funds. The request specifically targets Patrick Gruhn, Robin Matzke, Brandon Williams, and Lorem Ipsum UG, who are collectively leading FTX Europe.

The original payment of approximately $323.5 million was made by Sam Bankman-Fried and the FTX Group to acquire Swiss Company DAAG, later rebranded as FTX Europe. The legal team of FTX argues that this business had limited operations and no intellectual property besides a “business plan.”

According to the filing, FTX insiders pursued the acquisition of DAAG as they believed its founders could provide access to European regulators. This, in turn, would pave the way for FTX to secure necessary permits for operations in the European Economic Area. Additionally, they hoped the deal would benefit Williams and Matzke, who already had established relationships with Bankman-Fried.

FTX Europe’s management

The bankruptcy lawyers have pointed out that the acquisition of K-DNA by FTX Europe’s management, a company with an EEA operating license later assimilated with FTX, resulted in excess profits nearing $100 million for a relatively modest investment of about 2 million Euros.

The legal representatives are also pushing for a halt on any further payments to the management of FTX Europe that remain pending. Documentation reveals that the overall transaction exceeded $376 million, with $52.5 million in unfulfilled obligations still outstanding.

Lastly, the lawyers made a case that FTX Europe, as a company, holds little value and is not saleable. This claim comes despite a Swiss court’s approval in April for FTX to explore options for selling FTX Europe. As recently as March, FTX Europe began permitting customers to withdraw their funds that were previously locked.

  • FTX has spent over $121 million in legal and advisory fees in the first four months of 2021.

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Nik is an accomplished analyst and writer at Metaverse Post, specializing in delivering cutting-edge insights into the fast-paced world of technology, with a particular emphasis on AI/ML, XR, VR, on-chain analytics, and blockchain development. His articles engage and inform a diverse audience, helping them stay ahead of the technological curve. Possessing a Master's degree in Economics and Management, Nik has a solid grasp of the nuances of the business world and its intersection with emergent technologies.

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