Sam Bankman-Fried’s Guilty Verdict Welcomed By Animoca’s Yat Siu

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Yat Siu, cofounder and executive president of Animoca Brands, astatine Hong Kong’s Fintech Week connected November 3, 2023.

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Yat Siu, cofounder and executive president of Hong Kong-based blockchain investor Animoca Brands, said Sam Bankman-Fried’s condemnation for orchestrating a multibillion dollar fraud astatine his FTX crypto speech should people nan extremity of an era of unlawful practices successful nan manufacture and thief to get nan crypto markets onto a much coagulated foundation.

“One of nan problems that we’ve had, narratively, is that sometimes group thought it wasn’t Sam Bankman-Fried, but it was nan crypto industry,” Siu said Friday during an question and reply connected nan sidelines of Hong Kong’s Fintech Week. “This judgement makes it perfectly clear that this was conscionable simply a lawsuit of a fraudulent personification who did bad things. It’s nan extremity of a chapter, and we tin move on, and nan manufacture tin besides decently heal.”

Bankman-Fried, nan laminitis of FTX, was found guilty a time earlier of stealing billions of dollars from nan users of his crypto exchange, successful what prosecutors person called 1 of nan biggest financial frauds successful American history. The 31-year-old was convicted of 7 charges of fraud and conspiracy, which together transportation a maximum condemnation of 110 years. The verdict came a twelvemonth aft FTX had revenge for bankruptcy successful a swift firm meltdown, which saw nan mostly of Bankman-Fried’s estimated nett worthy of $26.5 cardinal evaporate wrong days.

“So galore bad actors successful nan past person gotten away. It gave nan crypto manufacture a bad rap,” Siu said. “But now nan manufacture is showing that bad actors can’t get away.”

Animoca Brands connected Monday announced that it had raised $50 cardinal from Neom Investment Fund, which is tied to Neom, nan arguable municipality megaproject launched by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Half of nan costs will travel from issuing convertible notes and nan remainder will beryllium via a stock waste connected nan secondary marketplace (Animoca Brands’ banal trades connected PrimaryMarkets, an Australian backstage secondary stock trading platform). Animoca Brands’ latest fundraising information weighted nan institution astatine $5.5 billion, Siu said, down from $5.9 cardinal successful September past year, erstwhile nan institution secured $110 million from investors including Temasek.

The financing comes aft a betterment successful nan prices of bitcoin and different cryptocurrencies, which person staged a beardown rebound from past year’s crash. Bitcoin, nan largest cryptocurrency by marketplace cap, has seen its value double since past November, erstwhile nan FTX meltdown unfolded, according to locator Coingecko. The rally was sparked successful portion by speculation that nan U.S. regulators whitethorn soon o.k. exchange-traded bitcoin funds.

Despite nan caller rebound of bitcoin, nan crypto manufacture is still down much than 55% from its highest successful November 2021. But Siu said location are still plentifulness of reasons for optimism astir nan early of nan industry. “I deliberation mainstream take is coming successful nan adjacent 12 to 18 months. It’ll beryllium coming from gaming, it’ll beryllium coming from education,” he said. “If you really spell into Web3, and you sojourn it properly, and you effort retired nan services, and you spot what it’s about, you spell into this rabbit hole, you travel retired convinced, you don’t travel retired saying it’s ‘bullshit.’”

Founded successful 2014, Animoca Brands develops blockchain games and has built a portfolio of much than 400 blockchain-related investments arsenic of October. The institution said it has precocious expanded its business to connection “Web3 services,” including crippled accumulation and advisory connected crypto token listings.

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