- People close to the matter said that Bankman-Fried and some FTX employees spent the weekend calling investors.
- SBF hopes to raise capital to make customers whole after allegedly using customer funds to prop up Alameda, Bankman-Fried’s trading firm led by Caroline Ellison.
- The crypto exchange has a shortfall of over $8 billion, per bankruptcy documents and a Wall Street Journal Report.
A Wall Street Journal report from Tuesday said that FTX founder and bankrupt altruist Sam Bankman Fried called several investors over the weekend to raise billions in fresh capital. Persons with knowledge of the matter said SBF reckons he can secure funding to pay back customers, WSJ reported.
Tuesday’s report added that “a few remaining employees” joined Bankman-Fried in his attempt though their names were not mentioned.
Users and analysts who dug into FTX’s books after a CoinDesk report believe Bankman-Fried used customers’ funds to back Alameda, his quantitative trading firm with intrinsic ties to the troubled crypto exchange.
It’s unclear how much of user assets were used to prop up Alameda but the aftermath resulted in a massive $8 billion hole in the exchange’s balance sheet. The liquidity crisis was mentioned by Changpeng Zhao as the main reason Binance chose not to buy FTX after both exchange heads announced an agreement.
Notably, SBF made a similar “last ditched effort” to get cash from silicon valley investors on the same day the Binance deal was revealed. Reports suggest that Bankman-Fried did not succeed on both occasions.
The news comes after FTX filed for bankruptcy and SBF resigned as CEO on November 11. Further filings made at the Delaware District Court also revealed that more than 1 million creditors may lay claim to assets during the proceedings.
Bahamian regulators also debunked rumors that authorities ordered the exchange to process withdrawals for local users and accounts. The Securities Commission was forced to issue the statement after the crypto exchange claimed that withdrawals were reopened based on a directive from the financial watchdog.