Sam Bankman-Fried, founder and former chief executive officer of bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange, took funds from his trading firm, Alameda Research, to buy shares of trading app Robinhood, court documents revealed on Tuesday. 

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Fast facts

  • In an affidavit provided to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Bankman-Fried affirmed that he and FTX cofounder Gary Wang borrowed US$546 million from Alameda in April and May.
  • Bankman-Fried had previously stated his independence from Alameda’s finances, a crypto trading firm he started in 2017.
  • The funds went into Emergent Fidelity Technologies, a Bankman-Fried holding company, which acquired a 7.6% stake in Robinhood in May.
  • After Emergent Fidelity Technologies purchased the Robinhood shares, Alameda allegedly pledged Robinhood shares as collateral for a loan from crypto lender BlockFi in November. 
  • BlockFi filed a lawsuit last week against Emergent Fidelity Technologies to lay claim to the Robinhood shares. FTX creditors Yonathan Ben Shimon and Bankman-Fried have also filed court actions in attempts to gain control of the assets.
  • Last week, FTX lawyers requested that about US$430 million worth of shares remain frozen as FTX’s legal proceedings unfold.
  • New FTX CEO John J. Ray III told Congress on Dec. 13 that the exchange lost US$8 billion of customer money, and that executives of Bankman-Fried’s firms were given access to customer assets. 

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