Bahamian Regulators are in Custody of $3.5 Billion Worth of FTX Customer Assets

The Bahamian regulator has said they hold over $3.5 billion in FTX customer funds until a Supreme Court decision.

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The Securities Commission of the Bahamas (BSC) on Thursday, December 29th, announced that it is holding on a temporary basis the digital assets of FTX customers and creditors worth $3.5 billion based on market pricing. 

Bahamian Regulators Hold $3.5 Billion of FTX Assets

In a media release, the BSC announced that it holds the deposits of FTX customers valued at more than $3.5 billion in its custody. According to the announcement, concerns of “imminent dissipation” of the assets in FTX custody prompted the regulator to seize them.

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As per the statement, the assets were seized on November 12th after Sam Bankman-Fried announced that the exchange was being attacked. FTX would report in its bankruptcy filing that $372 million worth of tokens were stolen from the exchange on November 11th.

Blockchain research firm Nansen reported that amidst the “hack,” FTX recorded crypto outflows of over $700 million within 24 hours.

When Will Customers Receive Their Crypto?

According to the Bahamian Securities Commission, digital assets are under its “exclusive control.” The regulator will temporarily hold the assets for customers pending proceedings from the court.

The Bahamian Securities Commission would hold the assets until the country’s Supreme Court allows the regulator to return them to the customers and creditors who own them or to the joint liquidators.

On the Flipside

  • The highly disputed $450 million Robinhood in the United States may also be sent to a neutral broker or an escrow account pending the court decision.

Why You Should Care

The announcement from the regulator could provide relief to some FTX customers, who have been left in uncertainty since FTX filed for bankruptcy on November 11th.

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

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