Sam Bankman-Fried faces a sequence of felony and civil expenses, together with alleged fraud.
The trial of the disgraced founding father of cryptocurrency trade FTX and its sister firm Alameda Research, a hedge fund and buying and selling platform, is scheduled for October.
Bankman-Fried was launched on bail on Dec. 21 after being extradited from the Bahamas the place he lived and the place FTX’s headquarters have been primarily based.
The former dealer pleaded not responsible on Jan. 3 throughout a listening to in New York.
Facing the court docket, he remained silent however since Bankman-Fried, identified by the initials SBF within the crypto area, has resumed talking on social networks. He tries, as throughout his apology tour on the finish of November/starting of December, to exculpate himself. In doing so, he tries responsible others.
He has simply finished this in a weblog submit through which he factors the finger on the highly effective legislation agency Sullivan & Cromwell. To be clear, Bankman-Fried shouldn’t be accusing Sullivan & Cromwell of any wrongdoing associated to FTX or Alameda Research.
‘I Would Sometimes Work Out of S&C’s Office’
He accuses Sullivan & Cromwell of conflicts of curiosity. He additionally claims that the legislation agency compelled him to file for chapter and to decide on John Ray, the brand new CEO of FTX, as liquidator of FTX and Alameda Research. Basically, if his empire is in disarray it’s the fault of Cromwell & Sullivan as a result of there have been different choices than chapter, says Bankman-Fried.
“Senators have raised concerns about a potential conflict of interest from Sullivan & Crowell (S&C),” the previous crypto emperor wrote. “Contrary to S&C’s statement that they ‘had a limited and largely transactional relationship with FTX’, S&C was one of FTX International’s two primary law firms prior to bankruptcy, and were FTX US’s primary law firm.”
He continued: “FTX US’ GC came from S&C, they worked with FTX US in its most important regulatory application, they worked with FTX International on some of its most important regulatory concerns, and they worked with FTX US on its most important transaction. When I would visit NYC, I would sometimes work out of S&C’s office.”
GC stands for General Counsel. FTX US is the American subsidiary of FTX. Consumers residing within the United States wishing to purchase or promote cryptocurrencies and different digital belongings (NFTs) through FTX might solely achieve this by FTX US, an entity primarily based on American soil.
“S&C and the GC were the primary parties strong-arming and threatening me into naming the candidate they themselves chose as CEO of FTX — including for a solvent entity in FTX US — who then filed for Chapter 11 and chose S&C as counsel to the debtor entities,” Bankman-Fried asserted with out offering any proof.
Sullivan & Cromwell didn’t reply to a request for remark.
The legislation agency is FTX’s lead counsel in its chapter.
Four U.S. senators — Sens. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) — just lately wrote to Delaware Judge John Dorsey to level out that, given the previous relationship between FTX and Sullivan & Cromwell, the legislation agency was not in the most effective place to cope with the present chapter proceedings.
The bipartisan group of senators wrote that the legislation agency has “advised FTX for years leading up to its collapse and one of its partners even served as FTX’s general counsel.”
As a consequence, “the firm is simply not in a position to uncover the information needed to ensure confidence in any investigation or findings.”
“The firm had a limited and largely transactional relationship with FTX and certain affiliates prior to the bankruptcy,” Sullivan & Cromwell responded in a statement according to Bloomberg. A “broad crew of subtle professionals, together with conflicts counsel,” is advising FTX in chapter.
The legislation agency has already mentioned in court docket paperwork that it collected $8.5 million from FTX for work associated to regulatory requests and transactions.
Dorsey discovered the senators’ letter ‘inappropriate’ however mentioned he’ll “make my decisions on the matters referred to in the letter based only upon admissible evidence and the arguments of parties and interest presented in open court.”
Bankman-Fried says there was an alternative choice apart from chapter.
“Despite its insolvency, and despite processing roughly $5b of withdrawals over its last few days of operation, FTX International retains significant assets – roughly $8b of assets of varying liquidity as of when Mr. Ray took over,” he asserted with out offering proof.
“In addition to that, there were numerous potential funding offers – including signed LOIs (letters of intent) post chapter 11 filing totaling over $4b. I believe that, had FTX International been given a few weeks, it could likely have utilized its illiquid assets and equity to raise enough financing to make customers substantially whole.”
Bankman-Fried shouldn’t be optimistic.
“Since S&C pressured FTX into Chapter 11 filings, however, I worry that those pathways may have been abandoned.”