Bankrupt crypto exchange FTX floated an amended proposal to return up to 90% of creditor holdings held at the exchange before it went bust last November.
The debtors' group, which is currently overseeing the bankruptcy process, will formally file the plan by Dec. 16, 2023, to a U.S. Bankruptcy Court for perusal.
The debtors propose dividing missing customer assets into three pools based on circumstances at the start of the Chapter 11 cases: Assets segregated for FTX.com customers; Assets for FTX.US customers; and a "General Pool" of other assets.
The proposal stated that customers with a preference settlement amount of less than $250,000 can accept the settlement without any reduction of claim or payment. Preference settlement is 15% of customer withdrawals on the exchange, nine days before it went under.
Creditors would further receive a "Shortfall Claim" against the general pool corresponding to the estimated value of assets missing at their exchange – estimated to be nearly $9 billion for FTX.com and $166 million for FTX.US, the exchange’s U.S. arm.
However, recoveries could be marred by various factors, such as taxes, government claims, token price fluctuation, etc.
Furthermore, the debtors could exclude any “insiders, affiliates, customers” from the settlement who may have known the commingling and misuse of customer deposits and corporate funds, or those who changed their KYC information to facilitate withdrawals when they were halted.
The debtors said that the payouts for these customers may not reflect the fair value of the FTX debtors' claims.
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