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FTX contagions continue to spread through the crypto industry, with Genesis Capital filing for bankruptcy protection in New York, estimating liabilities in the range of $1 billion to $10 billion, and assets at the same level. The company plans a “dual track process,” which will pursue “sale, capital raise, and/or an equitization transaction” and enable the business “to emerge under new ownership.” Genesis’ derivatives, spot trading, broker-dealer and custody businesses are not included in the proceedings, according to the company. In an effort to maintain liquidity, Genesis parent company Digital Currency Group suspended dividend withdrawals.
Bitzlato and its founder face enforcement actions from US authorities
United States authorities have taken enforcement actions against crypto firm Bitzlato, seizing the company’s website and labeling the business as a “primary money laundering concern” connected to Russian illicit finance. As part of the case, FBI officials arrested Russian national Anatoly Legkodymov in Miami. The criminal complaint claims the firm was a “crucial financial resource” for the Hydra darknet marketplace, allowing users to launder funds, including those from ransomware attacks.
FTX CEO says he is exploring rebooting the exchange
New FTX CEO John Ray, appointed before the bankruptcy proceedings, has set up a task force to consider relaunching FTX.com. He noted in an interview that everything is “on the table” when it comes to the future of FTX.com, including a potential path forward with regard to rebooting the exchange. In another headline in the case, former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has been accused of using his influence in the crypto industry to inflate some coins’ prices through a coordinated strategy with Alameda Research. Bankruptcy proceedings are facing challenges, as liquidators of Alameda have suffered at least $11.5…