Voyager responds to FTX's offer, calling it a 'low-ball' bid

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CRYPTO platform Voyager Digital said a joint offer proposed by FTX and Alameda is a "low-ball bid" that disrupts the bankruptcy process, according to a court filing.

On Friday (Jul 22), crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried proposed a restructuring deal to Voyager publicly. Under the plan, Alameda, Bankman-Fried's trading firm, would buy all Voyager digital assets and digital asset loans, other than loans to Three Arrows Capital, in cash at market value. Meanwhile, FTX, his crypto exchange, would offer customers of Voyager an option to receive their share of claims by opening a new account at FTX.

"The AlamedaFTX proposal is nothing more than a liquidation of cryptocurrency on a basis that advantages AlamedaFTX. It's a low-ball bid dressed up as a white knight rescue," lawyers for Voyager said in response to the bid in a court filing submitted Sunday.

Voyager will entertain any "serious proposal" made under the bidding procedures, but the bid from FTX and Alameda was "designed to generate publicity for itself rather than value for Voyager's customers", they wrote. It undermined a competitive process, declared no value in Voyager platform and intellectual property, and ignored tax consequences, among other things, they said.

Voyager reserves all rights and remedies against Alameda and FTX for the "clear and intentional subversion of the bankruptcy process and the damages that may be suffered by customers and other creditors as a result", the lawyers said.

Earlier this month, Voyager filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, weeks after getting a credit line from Alameda. Alameda is a lender, borrower, and major shareholder of Voyager.

Under FTX's proposal, any Voyager customer that does not wish to sign up with FTX would continue to retain all of their rights and claims in the bankruptcy proceedings, but would not receive early access to a distribution on their claim via FTX.

A spokesperson for FTX and Alameda did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday. BLOOMBERG

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