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Crypto trading firm QCP Capital has at least $97 million stuck on FTX: Sources

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QCP Capital, a crypto trading firm based in Singapore, has at least $97 million stuck on FTX after the crypto exchange filed for bankruptcy last month.

In an effort to recoup some cash, QCP is attempting to sell a claim on the frozen funds to distressed asset buyers, two sources with knowledge of the matter told The Block.

Last month, QCP said it has exposure to FTX but did not disclose the amount. The firm at the time said it had active trading positions on FTX and was able to withdraw «a substantial amount of assets» while leaving some stuck.

«We have sufficient equity to absorb the impairment from the position,» a QCP spokesperson said, while declining to comment on the value of the frozen funds. «The impairment does not impact our clients nor our counterparties. Withdrawals remain open and trading continues as usual. Our business remains profitable and healthy.»

QCP Capital operates a 24/7 trading desk with a focus on crypto derivatives. The firm, which also engages in proprietary trading and offers market-making services, says it has handled trades worth nearly $38 billion so far this year. QCP is currently an exempt payment services provider pending licensing from the Monetary Authority of Singapore as a major payments institution providing crypto services.

QCP is one of many companies to fall afoul of FTX’s sudden collapse. Multicoin Capital, Genesis Block HK and Galois Capital reportedly all also have funds stuck on the exchange. The impact on Genesis Block HK was so significant that the firm shut down its over-the-counter trading business last week after nearly 10 years.

FTX contagion

Contagion from the implosion of FTX has spread far and wide in the crypto world. FTX filed for bankruptcy protection on Nov. 11, leaving about 1 million creditors in the lurch. The exchange owes its top 50 creditors alone $3.1 billion, according to court filings.

Some FTX creditors have already sold their claims at knock-down prices to avoid a likely years-long bankruptcy process, as The Block reported last week. Apollo Global Management and Attestor are among the distressed asset investors to have held conversations about snapping up FTX claims. Thomas Braziel’s 507 Capital has already purchased several claims from hedge funds for cents on the dollar.

Disclaimer: Beginning in 2021, Michael McCaffrey, the former CEO and majority owner of The Block, took a series of loans from founder and former FTX and Alameda CEO Sam Bankman-Fried. McCaffrey resigned from the company in December 2022 after failing to disclose those transactions.

   
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