- Crypto lender BlockFi, which halted withdrawals after the collapse of the crypto exchange FTX, has finally filed for bankruptcy.
- At first glance, BlockFi has enough liquidity to ensure an orderly bankruptcy process.
- Crypto markets are under some pressure today, but there is no BlockFi-related sell-off.
FTX’s Collapse Pushed Crypto Lender BlockFi Into Bankruptcy
Crypto lender BlockFi has just filed for bankruptcy as contagion from the collapse of the crypto exchange FTX continued to spread. Previously, BlockFi halted withdrawals after FTX problems emerged, so the filing is not a big surprise for those who follow crypto markets.
Back in June, BlockFi received emergency funding from FTX when it faced a liquidity crunch after the fall of Three Arrows Capital.
BlockFi noted that the Chapter 11 protection should help “stabilize its business and provide the company with the opportunity to consummate a comprehensive restructuring transaction that maximizes value for all clients and other stakeholders.”
BlockFi also noted that it had $256.9 million of cash on hand, which should be enough to “provide sufficient liquidity to support certain operations during the restructuring process.”
Crypto Markets Stay Relatively Calm As Traders Were Prepared For Bad News
Solana, which is one of the main victims of the FTX collapse, has once again found itself under pressure and moved towards the $13.50 level.
The market reaction is limited as crypto traders were prepared for BlockFi’s filing after the company halted withdrawals. There are no big news in the initial filing, which is also good for crypto markets.
Anyway, traders will remain focused on finding weak players as the industry continues to deal with the consequences of FTX’s collapse. The general market sentiment remains bearish, so any negative surprise could trigger a strong sell-off in crypto markets.
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