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SBF and Alameda step in to prevent crypto collapse contagion

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Sam Bankman-Fried’s (SBF) Alameda Research is “stepping in” to prevent additional contagion throughout the crypto sector through the present bear market.

Numerous crypto corporations are going through liquidity points (of various severity) because of the robust market downturn all through 2022. Major companies reminiscent of Celsius and Three Arrows Capital (3AC) are each reportedly getting ready to insolvency, and could potentially bring others down with them in the event that they had been to collapse.

During an interview with NPR on June 19, SBF said that given the stature of his corporations Alameda and FTX, he believes they “have a responsibility to seriously consider stepping in, even if it is at a loss to ourselves, to stem contagion.”

“Even if we weren’t the ones who caused it, or weren’t involved in it. I think that’s what’s healthy for the ecosystem, and I want to do what can help it grow and thrive.”

SBF added that his companies have done this “a number of times in the past” as he pointed to FTX offering Japanese crypto trade Liquid with $120 million in financing final yr after it was $100 million in August. Notably, FTX introduced plans to purchase Liquid shortly after offering it with funding, and the deal reportedly closed in March this yr.

“We, I take into consideration 24 hours later, stepped in and gave them a fairly broad line of credit score to have the option to cowl all of their calls for, to ensure prospects had been made complete whereas eager about the longer-term answer,” he mentioned.

Most lately, nevertheless, crypto brokerage Voyager Digital announced on June 18 that Alameda had agreed to give the corporate a 200 million USDC mortgage and “revolving line of credit” of 15,000 Bitcoin (BTC) value $298.9 million at present costs.

Voyager Digital famous that its credit score amenities provided by Alameda will every expire on Dec. 31 2024 and have an annual rate of interest of 5% payable on maturity. The agency said it’s going to solely use the credit score strains “if needed to safeguard customer assets” amid extreme market volatility.

“The proceeds of the credit facility are intended to be used to safeguard customer assets in light of current market volatility and only if such use is needed,” the agency said.

Related: Celsius recovery plan proposed amid community-led short-squeeze attempt

While SBF has outlined good intentions to assist struggling crypto corporations, contradictory rumors surfaced this month that Alameda performed an element in the current instability of Celsius.

Analysts reminiscent of ‘PlanC’ suggested to their 145,300 followers on Twitter final week that Alameda performed a 50,000 stETH sell-off earlier this month in a bid to depeg its price from ETH and jeopardize a big stETH place held by Celsius, as it will cease the corporate from exchanging the asset for the equal quantity of ETH.

After the rumors would put ahead to SBF by way of Twitter on June 20, they fully rejected the claims, noting that:

“lol this is definitely false. We want to help those we can in the ecosystem, and have no interest in hurting them — that just hurts us and the whole ecosystem.”