Bahamas Regulator Freezes FTX Assets — Supreme Court Appoints Provisional Liquidator


The Bahamas Securities Commission has frozen the assets of FTX Digital Markets and related parties. The financial regulator said the prudent course of action is to put the crypto firm “into provisional liquidation to preserve assets and stabilize the company.”

Bahamas Securities Regulator Takes Action Against FTX

The Securities Commission of the Bahamas announced Thursday that it has taken action to “freeze assets of FTX Digital Markets and related parties.” FTX Digital Markets is the Bahamian subsidiary of Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX Trading Ltd., which owns and operates crypto trading platform FTX.com.

The regulator added that it has also “suspended” the firm’s registration and “applied to the Supreme Court of the Bahamas for the appointment of a provisional liquidator of FTX Digital Markets Ltd. (FDM).” Brian Simms, an attorney with Lennox Paton, has been appointed as the provisional liquidator.

The Bahamian Securities Commission further explained:

The powers of the directors of FDM have been suspended and no assets of FDM, client assets or trust assets held by FDM, can be transferred, assigned, or otherwise dealt with, without the written approval of the provisional liquidator.

Furthermore, the securities watchdog revealed that it is “aware of public statements suggesting that the clients’ assets were mishandled, mismanaged and/or transferred to Alameda Research,” noting that “any such actions would have been contrary to normal governance, without client consent, and potentially unlawful.”

The Bahamian securities regulator emphasized that since the unfolding of events involving FDM, it “has proactively dealt with the situation and continues to do so,” elaborating:

The Commission determined that the prudent course of action was to put FDM into provisional liquidation to preserve assets and stabilize the company.

In the U.S., the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are reportedly investigating FTX.

Bankman-Fried said Thursday that Alameda Research is winding down trading. He reportedly told FTX.com investors that his company needs a cash injection or it may need to file for bankruptcy. According to reports, he is seeking to raise up to $9.4 billion.

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