The judge in charge of overseeing the FTX bankruptcy proceedings has given the embattled crypto exchange the approval to sell some of its assets to aid its efforts in repaying its creditors.
According to a filing in Delaware Bankruptcy Court, Judge John Dorsey has approved the sale of four key units of FTX. The assets include the derivatives platform LedgerX, the stock-trading platform Embed and its regional arms, FTX Japan and FTX Europe.
Interested bidders can now contact investment bank Perella Weinberg, tasked to begin the sale process, representing FTX and its assets. Earlier this week, 117 parties expressed interest in purchasing the FTX assets for sale. These parties can access information regarding the assets as part of their due diligence before buying up the units.
Lawyers representing FTX started to seek the court’s permission to sell the four units on Dec. 15, citing the risks of value loss for the assets. Currently, FTX Europe has its licenses suspended, while FTX Japan has been subject to business suspension orders.
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The embattled crypto exchange has reportedly recovered around $5 billion in cash and cryptocurrencies, according to FTX lawyer Andy Dietderich. The FTX attorney said that while the exchange has recovered some funds, the crypto platform is still working to rebuild its transaction history. In addition, the customer shortfall’s total amount remains unclear, the lawyer said.
Meanwhile, former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, who pled not guilty to all criminal charges, recently claimed that he did not steal funds nor stash billions. The former CEO said FTX international had $8 billion when its next CEO John Ray took over. Bankman-Fried also said that he pledged to use his personal assets to aid the effort in reimbursing users.