BlockFi Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

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Another crypto company has recently fallen victim to the FTX contagion. As reported by Reuters, BlockFi, a cryptocurrency lender and financial services firm filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday. On November 11, the same day FTX filed for bankruptcy, BlockFi first stopped allowing withdrawals.

 “We, like the rest of the world, found out about this situation through Twitter. We are shocked and dismayed by the news regarding FTX and Alameda,”  BlockFi wrote in a letter at that time. A few weeks ago, the company had stated it had $256.9m in cash on hand, which should be enough to fund continued operations. Additionally, it stated that platform operations are currently suspended.

BlockFi stated on its website a few days after FTX filed for bankruptcy that it was unable to conduct normal business, acknowledged that it had “significant exposure” to FTX, and would evaluate efforts to recover “all obligations owed to BlockFi.”

“We do have significant exposure to FTX and associated corporate entities that encompasses obligations owed to us by Alameda, assets held at, and undrawn amounts from our credit line with FTX.US. While we will continue to work on recovering all obligations owed to BlockFi, we expect that the recovery of the obligations owed to us by FTX will be delayed as FTX works through the bankruptcy process,” BlockFi said in the November update.

BlockFi will begin the restructuring process in order to protect its clients. “With the collapse of FTX, the BlockFi management team and board of directors immediately took action to protect clients and the Company,” said Mark Renzi of Berkeley Research Group, the Company’s financial advisor, as reported by Business Wire. 

The company apologized to its clients and investors and said, “We look forward to transparency through our reorganization, and will work to keep clients and stakeholders informed as we make progress.”

However, they assured that they will continue to work on the obligations. But due to the ongoing FTX debacle, the company said that recoveries from FTX will be delayed. 

At the time of the FTX collapse, BlockFi wrote in a letter, “We, like the rest of the world, found out about this situation through Twitter. We are shocked and dismayed by the news regarding FTX and Alameda.”

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Qadir Ak is the founder of Coinpedia. He has over a decade of experience writing about technology and has been covering the blockchain and cryptocurrency space since 2010. He has also interviewed a few prominent experts within the cryptocurrency space.

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