SBF borrowed $546M from Alameda to fund Robinhood share buy
Sam Bankman-Fried, the disgraced founding father of cryptocurrency alternate FTX, borrowed over $546 million from the alternate’s sister agency Alameda Analysis to fund his buy of Robinhood shares.
Those self same shares had been later utilized by Bankman-Fried as collateral for a mortgage taken by Alameda from BlockFi, one of many entities which might be laying declare to the shares.
An affidavit by Bankman-Fried filed within the Antigua and Barbuda Excessive Courtroom on Dec. 12 — the day of his arrest — and made public on Dec. 27, revealed he and FTX co-founder Zixiao “Gary” Wang took out the loans from Alameda via 4 promissory notes between April and Might 2022.
On Apr. 30 loans of round $316.6 million and $35.1 million got to Bankman-Fried and Wang respectively. Later, two loans of round $175 million and $19.4 million got to Bankman-Fried on Might. 15.
The loans had been used to fund Bankman-Fried’s Antiguan-based shell firm Emergent Constancy Applied sciences Ltd. which acquired a 7.6% stake in brokerage agency Robinhood in Might at a value of $648 million on the time.
He added that if the sum paid by Emergent for the shares was greater than the said $546 million he has “not [sic] doubt that such further sum was borrowed by Gary and I” to fund the acquisition of the Robinhood shares.
The revelation of the loans might complicate the continued authorized tug of warfare for the over 56 million shares in Robinhood that at the moment are value round $430 million.
Embattled crypto lender BlockFi is suing Bankman-Fried’s Emergent for the Robinhood shares that had been allegedly pledged as collateral for BlockFi’s loans to Alameda on Nov. 9.
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FTX stepped in on Dec. 23, asking for help from a U.S. chapter choose to prevent BlockFi from claiming the shares. It stated the shares are owned by Alameda and insisted FTX firms ought to hold the Robinhood stake whereas investigations proceed into different claims of their possession.
Moreover, Bankman-Fried and FTX creditor Yonathan Ben Shimon are laying declare to the shares.
Beforehand, FTX’s Chapter 11 chapter filings in the USA revealed Bankman-Fried was on the receiving finish of a $1 billion personal loan from Alameda.
Former Alameda CEO Caroline Ellison stated on Dec. 23 as part of her plea deal that “Alameda was borrowing funds that FTX’s prospects had deposited onto the alternate.”