FTX vs Binance clash: Binance to liquidate funds
The CEO of Binance tweeted on Sunday that he will sell the remaining FTX token holdings he acquired as part of his exit from Alameda's sister company, FTX, last year.
FTX vs Binance: Binance to sell off FTX token holdings
The exchange plans to sell off its FTX token holding. Changpeng "CZ" Zhao did not specify how much of the token holding his company would sell.
The company received the funds in FTT as part of its exit from an early equity position in FTX that it had held since 2019. According to Zhao, FTX purchased Binance's stake in the company for $2.1 billion in FTT and BUSD—the stablecoin native to Binance's exchange.
The decision comes after weeks of criticism directed at Sam Bankman-Fried, for regulatory plans he put forth in a blog post recommending DeFi restrictions. He has since agreed to revise his regulatory stance.
Due to market conditions and limited liquidity, CZ expects the liquidation to take several months. He also stated that it would be done in a way that attempts to minimise the market impact on FTT.
According to CoinGecko, FTX native token has dropped 9.5% in the last day to $23.03 from $25.55, bouncing off a drop of around $22 on Sunday.
According to Etherscan, 22,999,999 FTT, worth $584 million, were transferred from a wallet to Binance's exchange on Saturday. As per CoinGecko, this is the equivalent of 17% of the circulating supply of the token. CZ confirmed that the funds were transferred as part of the exchange's plan to liquidate its stance in its holdings.
FTX CEO response to rumours
Caroline Ellison, CEO of Alameda Research, responded to the rumours on Saturday by tweeting that Alameda had more than $10 billion in assets "not reflected" on the leaked balance sheet. Ellison said that Alameda had unnamed hedges in place and had already given back the majority of their outstanding loans.
In a Sunday Twitter thread, Zhao stated that liquidating its position in FTT was not intended to be a dig at its competitor.
Caroline Ellison offered to purchase Binance's remaining FTT for a fixed price of $22 if Zhao also wanted to "minimise the market impact" of the move.
Binance has been the most active exchange in terms of FTT volume in the last 24 hours. According to CoinGecko, Binance accounted for 6.3% of FTT's trading volume, or $95.4 million, in the previous 24 hours.
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