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FTX seeks to claw back $4B from Genesis in a battle of the bankrupt

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Cryptocurrency exchange FTX is seeking to recover around $4 billion from similarly bankrupt crypto lender Genesis and a still-solvent British Virgin Islands-based entity — part of efforts to recover value for creditors.

In a May 3 court filing in a New York Bankruptcy Court, lawyers for FTX sought $1.8 billion in loans and a $273 million collateral pledge allegedly given to Genesis from FTX’s sister trading firm Alameda Research.

FTX is also seeking to claw back $1.6 billion in withdrawals allegedly made by Genesis and a further $213 million purported to be withdrawn by its BV-based entity GGC International from the exchange before it collapsed into Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Nov. 11.

The filing claims Genesis was “largely repaid” its nearly $8 billion in loans made to Alameda, “unlike other FTX creditors and customers.”

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FTX alleged the bankrupt lender was “one of the main feeder funds for FTX and instrumental to its fraudulent business model.”

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The exchange’s lawyers are seeking the clawback under bankruptcy laws that allow it to recoup “avoidable transfers” that occur in a 90-day period before a company declares bankruptcy.

Previous clawbacks by FTX have focused on $3.2 billion in payments made to its former executives, a $460 million investment made by Alameda into venture capital firm Modulo Capital and around $93 million in political donations made by founder Sam Bankman-Fried and other former top brass.

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