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FTX Granted Court Approval for Multi-Billion Dollar Crypto Asset Sell-off: A Game-Changing Move

The defunct exchange gets the green light to liquidate $3.4 billion in crypto assets while navigating its bankruptcy proceedings, what will happen once they hit the marketplace?

In a significant turn of events, the embattled digital asset exchange FTX has received court approval to embark on a multi-billion-dollar crypto asset sell-off. The judge presiding over the bankruptcy proceedings, Judge John Dorsey, gave the green light for FTX to liquidate a staggering $3.4 billion in crypto assets, including Solana, Ethereum, Bitcoin, and others. This pivotal decision unfolded in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.


This strategic move has been part of FTX's plan, initially unveiled in August, with an aim to appoint Galaxy Digital, led by Mike Novogratz, as the investment manager overseeing the asset sale. FTX will adhere to a weekly selling cap of $100 million per token, which could be escalated to $200 million for individual tokens.

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Judge Dorsey, however, retains the discretion to permit FTX to raise its weekly maximum, provided the company secures written authorization from the court. It's worth noting that the $100 million weekly limit excludes sales of Bitcoin, Ethereum, stablecoins, and the redemption of stablecoins. Furthermore, transactions related to bridging tokens from non-native blockchains back to their native networks will not be factored into the limit.


FTX's unexpected and rapid bankruptcy in November sent shockwaves through the cryptocurrency world, as it was marred by allegations of criminal mismanagement. The aftermath left billions of dollars in customer funds unaccounted for, and the new management is now tasked with repaying creditors. The sale of these assets is a crucial step toward filling the financial chasm, which originally stood at a staggering $7 billion.

A recent court filing disclosed that FTX holds $1.16 billion in Solana (SOL), $560 million in Bitcoin (BTC), $192 million in Ethereum (ETH), and $137 million in Aptos (APT). These crypto asset values are based on pricing as of August 31. Notably, over $800 million in cash and public equity has already been recovered.

Meanwhile, the former CEO and co-founder of FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried, is awaiting a high-profile criminal trial scheduled for October, following the collapse of his crypto empire last year. He faces a litany of charges, including wire fraud, securities fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and defrauding the Federal Election Commission.

What could be the implications for this sell-off?
Significant crypto asset sales, such as the recent one by Vitalik Buterin, have historically exerted substantial influence on the cryptocurrency market, often leading to market drawdowns even before the sale commences. Industry experts anticipate a similar pattern unfolding this time around, resulting in a market decline in the lead-up to the sale.


However, market analysts offer differing perspectives on the potential impact of the sale. While some argue that the absolute value of tokens held is not the sole determinant of their impact on the market, others contend that the key factor lies in the tokens' relative market volume. For instance, assets like SOL and APT, with substantial USD figures, may have limited market volume impact, as they consist primarily of vesting tokens that are not immediately liquid in open markets.


Crypto Rand, a trader at RR2 Capital, underscored that SOL tokens are subject to a vesting schedule until at least 2025, implying that any potential buyer must adhere to this schedule, thereby mitigating short-term price fluctuations.


As the cryptocurrency world closely watches FTX's ambitious sell-off plan unfold, the market's response and the ultimate repercussions remain subjects of keen interest and speculation.

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