- Crypto brokerage Voyager Digital accused billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried of subverting its chapter course of by providing to provide Voyager clients early liquidity, in keeping with court documents filed Sunday.
- Below a proposal Friday, the Bankman-Fried-owned buying and selling agency Alameda Analysis would purchase all of Voyager’s digital property and digital asset loans, besides loans to hedge fund Three Arrows Capital, in money at market worth. Voyager clients might then open an account with FTX— the change Bankman-Fried additionally owns — with money from “a portion of their chapter claims.”
- As a part of bankruptcy proceedings this month, Voyager proposed a reorganization plan to the court docket and, in a parallel transfer, “engaged with greater than 80 third-party traders or patrons” a couple of sale of the corporate or its property. Voyager proposed an Aug. 26 deadline for bids, with an public sale set for Aug. 29, the Financial Times reported Monday. Nonetheless, by going public with their provide, FTX and Alameda are successfully “chilling” bids on what was as soon as a confidential course of, Voyager mentioned.
“Voyager will entertain any critical proposal” associated to the bidding course of, the corporate wrote to the court docket, however Alameda and FTX’s provide “was designed to generate publicity for itself moderately than worth for Voyager’s clients.”
In its court docket submitting, Voyager particularly takes challenge with the forex conversion inherent in Alameda and FTX’s proposal. The Bankman-Fried-owned ventures would maintain onto cryptocurrency recovered from Voyager and cross money worth to clients who migrate to FTX. That cuts clients out of the chance to accrue future worth in crypto — however particularly Voyager’s VGX token, Voyager mentioned.
The Alameda/FTX proposal “would successfully get rid of the VGX token [and] destroy in extra of $100 million in worth instantly,” Voyager mentioned, including the proposal “declares that there isn’t a worth within the Voyager platform and mental property.”
Past that, although, the proposal would depart migrating clients on the hook for capital positive factors and different taxes related to the money conversion, additional diluting clients’ restoration.
“No buyer can be made complete” below the Alameda/FTX proposal, Voyager wrote in daring textual content, pointing to language FTX and Alameda used of their press launch — particularly, that clients’ FTX balances would stem from “a portion of their chapter claims.”
“The AlamedaFTX proposal is nothing greater than a liquidation of cryptocurrency on a foundation that benefits AlamedaFTX,” Voyager wrote. “It’s a low-ball bid dressed up as a white knight rescue.”
Bankman-Fried, in a response emailed to Bloomberg, known as his firms’ proposal “beneficiant,” including, “It seems that Voyager’s consultants are trying to stall out the method, rising their charges.”
“In the long run, we predict Voyager’s clients ought to have the best to shortly declare their remaining property if they need,” Bankman-Fried wrote in an announcement seen by the Monetary Occasions. “They’ve been via sufficient already.”
Bankman-Fried additionally harassed that his firms’ provide to Voyager clients can be voluntary.
“Prospects are below no obligation to enroll with FTX,” he wrote. “Any buyer that doesn’t want to … would proceed to retain all of their rights and claims within the chapter proceedings, however wouldn’t obtain early entry to a distribution on their declare by way of FTX.”
As for Voyager’s declare that FTX’s provide excludes takers from a rebound in VGX worth, Bankman-Fried wrote, “Even these clients who want to be ‘lengthy’ cryptocurrency shouldn’t be pressured to take action by holding unsecured claims in a bankrupt firm, a minimum of not when there is a chance to obtain money instantly.”
Voyager was owed $1.1 billion in complete mortgage obligations, it mentioned in court docket papers, together with $654 million from Three Arrows, which itself went bankrupt on crypto bets associated to the TerraUSD and Luna collapses.
Alameda stands as Voyager’s second-largest borrower — after Three Arrows — with loans of $377 million price of cryptocurrency. Alameda additionally lent Voyager $75 million because it grew to become distressed. Alameda mentioned it could write off that mortgage as a part of its proposal.