Scrapped FTX relaunch raises alarm over legal team’s profits

The Potential Impact of Web 3.0 on Business: Insights from the FTX Bankruptcy Case

Former United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) official John Reed Stark has suggested that the FTX restructuring plan might be a way for the legal team to profit from the bankruptcy process.

In a post on social media platform X, Stark said all FTX customers should receive a sarcastic “Thank You” note from the defunct exchange’s legal team, given the substantial profits it made during bankruptcy proceedings. Stark also sarcastically quipped that each legal team member might be able to afford a new beach house in 2024.

During a Jan. 31 hearing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, FTX lawyer Andy Dietderich of Sullivan & Cromwell clarified that, despite extensive efforts, there were no plans to relaunch FTX—known as FTX 2.0 — in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy framework.

Stark said he had foreseen that the Chapter 11 FTX reorganization plan was unlikely to succeed. He likened restructuring FTX to trying to reorganize a combination of “Murder Incorporated, The Cali Drug Cartel and Madoff Investment Advisory Services.”

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FTX Bankruptcy and the Impact of Web 3.0 on Legal Fees

The bankruptcy of crypto exchange FTX in November 2022 has brought to light the staggering amount of over $200 million spent on legal and restructuring fees from November 2022 to June 2023. This figure, deemed reasonable by court-appointed fee examiner Katherine Stadler, has raised questions about the impact of web 3.0 on the legal industry.

According to recent compensation filings, FTX spent an average of $53,000 per hour on legal and advisory fees in the quarter ending October 2023. This equates to a total of $118.1 million billed by the bankruptcy legal team over a period of 92 days, averaging $1.3 million per day or $53,300 per hour.

The Potential Role of Web 3.0 in FTX’s Bankruptcy and Future Recovery

On February 1, 2023, FTX submitted a request in a Delaware court to sell its $175 million claim against bankrupt hedge fund Genesis Global Capital. The claim is owned by associated hedge fund Alameda Research, and if approved, FTX can strategically sell the claim in parts or as a whole, taking advantage of optimal market conditions.

The collapse of FTX in 2022 was due to uncovered irregularities in its accounts, with Genesis Global Capital having $175 million tied up in the exchange’s account. It was reported that this did not affect the hedge fund’s market-making activities.

The emergence of web 3.0, with its advancements in decentralization and blockchain technology, has undoubtedly played a role in the bankruptcy and restructuring of FTX. As we continue to see the impact of web 3.0 on traditional industries, it is important to consider its potential effects on legal and financial systems.

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