Top Stories This Week
Bankman-Fried may enter plea in NY federal court next week before Judge Lewis Kaplan
Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried is scheduled to appear in court on the afternoon of Jan. 3 to enter a plea on two counts of wire fraud and six counts of conspiracy against him in relation to the collapse of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange. After being released on a $250 million bail bond, Bankman-Fried reportedly met with Michael Lewis, author of The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, a bestseller that was turned into a movie, spurring speculation that a film about the disgraced exchange’s saga is on the way.
SBF borrowed $546M from Alameda to fund Robinhood share purchase
In another headline related to Sam Bankman-Fried, an affidavit by the founder of FTX revealed that he previously borrowed over $546 million from Alameda Research to fund a purchase of Robinhood shares. Later, those same shares were used by Bankman-Fried as collateral for a $600 million loan taken by Alameda from digital asset lender BlockFi. The shares are currently frozen and are worth around $450 million. BlockFi filed a lawsuit seeking to receive the collateral shares in November.
Year 1602 revisited: Are DAOs the new corporate paradigm?
NFT communities greenlight Web3 films: A decentralized future for fans and Hollywood
Argo Blockchain sells top mining facility to Galaxy Digital for $65M
In a bid to survive the ongoing bear market, cryptocurrency mining firm Argo Blockchain sold its Texas flagship mining facility, Helios, for $65 million. The new owner is Mike Novogratz’s crypto investment firm Galaxy Digital, which will also provide Argo with a new $35 million equipment finance loan to help the company reduce its debt. The deal will allow Argo’s mining operations to continue while reducing total debt, improving liquidity and improving operating structure..
Mango Markets exploiter arrested on fraud charges — Maybe it was illegal
Avraham Eisenberg, the hacker who stole $110 million from decentralized exchange Mango Markets, was arrested in Puerto Rico. Eisenberg called the exploit a “highly profitable trading strategy” and noted that he considered all his actions to be “legal open market actions.” It appears, however, that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has a different interpretation of the facts. According to the FBI complaint, Eisenberg’s actions constitute both fraud and market manipulation.
Celsius wants to extend the deadline for claims as lawyer fees mount
Celsius Network is planning to file a motion to extend the deadline for users to submit claims by another month, extending the time limit to early February. Creditors of Celsius, however, do not seem to support the move, as fees for bankers, lawyers, and advisers have already reached $53 million in the bankruptcy case.
Winners and Losers
At the end of the week, Bitcoin (BTC) is at $16,554, Ether (ETH) at $1,196 and XRP at $0.34. The total market cap is at $794.23 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.
Among the biggest 100 cryptocurrencies, the top three altcoin gainers of the week are BitDAO (BIT) at 17.58%, OKB (OKB) at 12.68% and Internet Computer (ICP) at 11.46%.
The top three altcoin losers of the week are Chain (XCN) at -32.93%, Solana (SOL) AT -16.57%, and Axie Infinity (AXS) at -15.45%.
For more info on crypto prices, make sure to read Cointelegraph’s market analysis.
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Most Memorable Quotations
“I want Bitcoin to go down a lot further so I can buy some more.”
Mark Cuban, billionaire entrepreneur
“We expect that 2023 could be the year of decentralization and accelerated development of decentralized apps.”
Nikita Zuborev, chief analyst at BestChange
“British financial institutions and banks […] continue to want to participate in the digitalization of commerce, which starts with digital assets, monies and commodities.”
Mitch Mechigian, partner at Blockchain Coinvestors
“Customer class members should not have to stand in line along with secured or general unsecured creditors in these bankruptcy proceedings just to share in the diminished estate assets of the FTX Group and Alameda.”
Creditors of FTX Group and Alameda Research
“Fraudsters love volatility and current events. Anytime they can try to surf the contours of something very disruptive in the marketplace, they have a great deal of success.”
Clayton LiaBraaten, senior executive adviser at Truecaller
“Listening to these companies talk about Web3 initiatives, it’s clear they see digital engagement with customers and fans as a new aspect of the retail experience.”
Steven Goulden, senior research analyst at Cumberland
Prediction of the Week
Bitcoin ‘not undervalued yet,’ says research as BTC price drifts nearer to $16K
Midas Investments closes down amid $63M DeFi portfolio deficit
Kraken quits Japan for the second time, blaming a ‘weak crypto market’
‘Make sure Ethereum wins’ — Steve Newcomb reveals zkSync’s prime directive
Mati Greenspan’s boss bribed him with 1 BTC to join Twitter: Hall of Flame