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FTX could also be planning to buy a stake in BlockFi: Report

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Crypto trade FTX is reportedly in talks to accumulate a stake in BlockFi after the corporate issued a $250 million credit score to the lending agency.

According to a Friday report from the Wall Street Journal, FTX is at the moment in discussions with BlockFi concerning the crypto trade buying a stake within the agency, however no fairness settlement has been reached. The reported ongoing talks adopted BlockFi signing a time period sheet with FTX to safe a $250 million revolving credit score facility on Tuesday.

“BlockFi doesn’t touch upon market rumors,” a BlockFi spokesperson advised Cointelegraph. “We are nonetheless negotiating the phrases of the deal and can’t share extra data presently. We anticipate sharing extra on the phrases of the cope with the general public at a later date.

FTX founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, or SBF, has helped help many crypto tasks in latest weeks amid a bear market forcing numerous firms to scale back workers. Trading agency Alameda Research, underneath SBF’s administration, introduced it had loaned 15,000 Bitcoin (BTC) to Voyager Digital on Wednesday aimed toward overlaying losses from its publicity to Three Arrows Capital.

Cointelegraph reported on Sunday that SBF mentioned he believes Alameda and FTX “have a responsibility to seriously consider stepping in, even if it is at a loss to ourselves, to stem contagion” across the market downturn:

“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.”

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It’s unclear if FTX’s reported intent to buy a stake in BlockFi was associated to monetary difficulties on the crypto lending agency amid a bear market. However, in February the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ordered BlockFi to pay $50 million in settlement to the company in addition to $50 million to 32 state-level regulators over allegedly unregistered securities.

Cointelegraph reached out to BlockFi, however didn’t obtain a response on the time of publication.