The Royal Bahamas Police Force has arrested the former CEO of bankrupt FTX exchange platform for possible extradition to the United States following the receipt of a formal notification of criminal charges.
The Attorney General of the Bahamas, Sen. Ryan Pinder KC disclosed on Monday, Investors King reports.
According to him, the United States has notified Bahamas that it has filed criminal charges against Sam Bankman-Fried and it is likely to request for his extradition down the line.
“As a result of the notification received and the material provided therewith, it was deemed appropriate for the Attorney General to seek SBF’s arrest and hold him in custody pursuant to our nation’s Extradition Act,” the statement signed by the Attorney General reads, in part.
At such time as a formal request for extradition is made, The Bahamas intends to process it promptly, pursuant to Bahamian law and its treaty obligations with the United States.
FTX exchange platform is a cryptocurrency exchange platform that recently filed for bankruptcy in a multibillion dollar fraud.With investors’ deposits running into billions and available cash or assets estimated at about $564 million, restructuring attorney James Bromley has described the situation most difficult in the history of corporate America.
Bromley called FTX’s failure “one of the most abrupt and difficult corporate collapses in the history of Corporate America.” He described the network of FTX entities as an international organization “run effectively as a personal fiefdom of Sam Bankman-Fried.”
Sam Bankman-Fried was scheduled to appear virtually before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee today before he was picked up.
Following his arrest, Rep. Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the committee, said Bankman-Fried would no longer give testimony as scheduled Tuesday.
Commenting on SBF’s arrest, Prime Minister Davis stated, “The Bahamas and the United States have a shared interest in holding accountable all individuals associated with FTX who may have betrayed the public trust and broken the law. While the United States is pursuing criminal charges against SBF individually, The Bahamas will continue its own regulatory and criminal investigations into the collapse of FTX, with the continued cooperation of its law enforcement and regulatory partners in the United States and elsewhere.”
Unfriendly Crypto Market Forces Crypto Exchange Luno to Trim Workforce
Crypto exchange platform Luno has trimmed its workforce by 35% following a turbulent year that rocked the crypto market.
The company has a total headcount of 960 team members according to its Linkedin profile, with its recent proposed layoff plan, the decision will impact more than 330 jobs at the company.
The company’s CEO Marcus Swanepoel in an Internal message shared with employees disclosed that the downsizing of its workforce was necessitated to enable the company effectively navigate the current crypto winter.
The message reads in part,
“As mentioned at our January kick-off earlier, it is with deep regret that I have to announce that we will be reducing our overall Luno team by 35%, impacting Lunauts in all of our regions.
“2022 has been an incredibly tough year for the broader tech industry and in particular the crypto market. Luno unfortunately hasn’t been immune to this turbulence, which has affected our overall growth and revenue numbers.
“As a result, we have to readjust our focus to maintaining our leadership position in our core markets, and continue to lay a stronger yet sustainable foundation for the business as we prepare to come out of this current cycle in a very strong position”.
The CEO further disclosed that the company’s decision will regrettably affect some of its smartest, kindest, and most hard-working team members.
Despite the collapse of one of crypto’s top exchange platforms FTX, which has sent shocking waves to the crypto industry, Luno disclosed that it was not affected even though its parent company Genesis Global faced liquidity pressures until it eventually filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Meanwhile, several crypto companies have been forced to slash their workforce following the FTX contagion. Companies such as Coinbase, Crypto.com, and Kraken have all slashed a significant part of their workforce.
Investors King understands that more than 30,000 jobs have been cut across the crypto industry since last year. So far in 2023, more than two crypto-related firms have implemented job cuts.
Binance CEO Accuses FTX of Paying $43 Million to Tarnish Binance Image
Founder and CEO of Binance, Changpeng Zhao (CZ) has accused FTX of spreading false information about his cryptocurrency exchange company, Binance.
Investors King reports that Zhao claimed that FTX paid the sum of $43 million to a news organisation that reports on cryptocurrency in order to produce negative publications and tarnish the image of Binance.
CZ discussed the Binance FUD during an ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) session on Twitter.
The Binance Founder said some organisations have continuously generated and published negative news to improve their trade.
He noted that such a media firm with crypto skeptics like Peter Schiff who keeps criticizing its brand lacks understanding.
Zhao admitted that he usually read and pay attention to the false impression the negative articles create about Binance.
He however said, “I don’t think it’s going to stop, but I don’t think it’s going to bother us that much going forward. People have now come to their own judgments. They are pretty smart today, most people are no longer fooled by clickbait titles.”
FTX Trading Ltd. is a bankrupt company that previously operated a cryptocurrency exchange and crypto hedge fund with over one million users before it folded up in November, 2022, Investors King understands.
Speaking on the AI technology Binance is making use of, CZ stated that the technology is in use in many parts of the brand.
He added that the AI will be further employed within the blockchain industry to enhance data analysis and detect critical risk changes.
“For example, roughly 75% of Binance’s customer support is handled via AI, along with risk management, transaction monitoring, fraud detection, and market manipulation detection.
“With machine learning becoming more and more mature and more stronger, there will be more and more applications,” CZ said.
Crypto Exchange Platform Coinbase Records Uptick in Trading Volume
American crypto exchange platform Coinbase has recorded an uptick in its trading volume in the first few weeks of January.
Reports disclose that the crypto exchange stands out amongst other platforms that are currently witnessing declines in trading volumes.
Conibase recorded an increase of 0.3% when compared to the last quarter of 2022, which signals a change in the direction given that the exchange saw an ongoing decline in volume in 2022.
Meanwhile, almost all other exchanges recorded less trading when compared to previous quarters. Top crypto platform Binance saw a decline of 6.2% in average daily volume, while Bitfinex and Kraken saw declines of 25.5% and 13% respectively.
Following the surge in Coinbase trading volumes, analysts at JP Morgan wrote, “We think Coinbase has been cultivating a reputation as a reputable, trusted intermediary for some time. We think that reputation is helping to drive greater market share as activity levels rebound”.
While all other exchanges are still grappling with the ripple effects of FTX collapse which has triggered increased scrutiny over the unregulated exchange in the industry, analysts revealed that coinbase remains an exception due to the fact that it did not have direct exposure to FTX and was insulated from the direct legal and reputational fallout from its demise.
Investors King understands that due to the collapse of FTX in November last year, Coinbase shares declined to more than 8%, which extended a slide that pushed the crypto exchange to its lowest point since its market debut in 2021.
Also, nineteen months after going public with a market cap of over $85 billion, Coinbase fell below the $10 billion mark.
On the other hand, the collapse of FTX has no doubt sent shocking waves to the crypto industry, as it has affected the confidence of investors, which has seen crypto companies that customized assets with FTX currently facing crisis.
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