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FTX on Track to Acquire Bithumb


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Alex Dovbnya

FTX is on track to extend its shopping spree by potentially acquiring South Korean’s leading crypto exchange

Cryptocurrency giant FTX is on track to acquire Bithumb, South Korea’s leading cryptocurrency exchange, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

The deal is already in an advanced stage, according to anonymous sources familiar with the matter. Its financial terms are yet to be disclosed.

Yet, it is worth noting that both parties have declined to comment on the deal.

In October 2018, Bithumb was acquired by BK Global Consortium, which is led by renowned cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kim Byung Gun, for $354 million.  

Last March, South Korean media outlet Naver reported that American banking giant Morgan Stanley was on track to acquire Bithumb for up to $441 million. However, the deal never happened. Prior to that, South some media outlets reported Nexon was also looking into acquiring Bitstamp, but the Korean gaming conglomerate denied those rumors.

In late June, Bloomberg reported that FTX was preparing to acquire the popular trading app Robinhood. However, the former denied the acquisition plan.

FTX has been on buying spree amid the ongoing market crash. The crypto behemoth recently reached a deal with BlockFi, which allows it to acquire the embattled crypto lender for up to $240 million. Earlier this month, Bankman-Fried told Reuters that his company had a few billion dollars for bailing out troubled cryptocurrency companies.

The exchange also intends to raise more funds after the exchange’s valuation ballooned to a whopping $32 billion in January. It is not clear how much additional capital the cryptocurrency giant plans to rake in.


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