Until a few weeks ago, the idea of disclosing the names of former FTX customers was a hot topic. Many plaintiffs, including individuals, feared for their safety and privacy. This Wednesday, January 25, the justice authorities decided to publish a complete list of creditors, including companies to which the FTX Exchange owes money.
A 100-page document lists all FTX creditors
On Wednesday, January 25, FTX’s lawyers filed a document that lists all the companies that FTX owes money to. Not surprisingly, the list is very long and details all the creditors’ names in alphabetical order.
It reveals a myriad of companies and government entities in industries such as:
- Hospitality; and
- Venture Capitalists;
- Crypto companies, etc.
On the Tech side, giants such as: Apple, Netflix, Amazon, Meta, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Twitter were also included as creditors. Major media outlets that have gotten close to cryptos and the Web3 including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and CoinDesk are mentioned. For blockchain companies, Circle, Chainalysis, Galaxy Digital, Yuga Labs and Messari are also on the list.
The document also mentions government entities including the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and several state tax agencies. Other government entities in Japan, Australia and Hong Kong are also listed as creditors.
Names of individual clients are not included in the list
It is important to note that the published document only lists companies. The 10 million individual customers are not on the list. Their information will remain confidential for a period of three months, the time for the justice to study the situation. The justice authorities had estimated that revealing their names would expose them to risks of identity theft. Unfortunately, major media outlets including Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Financial Times are strongly opposed to this decision and are calling for transparency in the case.
As a reminder, in late December, a group of creditors filed a petition with the Delaware Bankruptcy Court. On January 8, the same group insisted on the issue and asked the court to withhold their information so that their privacy would be guaranteed.
The FTX case is far from being over, so we will stay tuned for the upcoming hearing.
Coming from a journalism university background, I came across Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies not long ago.
The potential of the Blockchain seduced me and I made it my research topic.