Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Bitvo has terminated its expected acquisition agreement with FTX and will continue operating independently.
Bitvo’s shareholder, Pateno Payments, has discontinued the acquisition deal with FTX Canada and FTX Trading in accordance with the agreement terms, Bitvo announced on Nov. 15.
The firm emphasized that its operations have not been affected, as Bitvo has no material exposure to FTX or any of its affiliated entities. Bitvou201 trading operations, including withdrawals and deposits, are intact.
Bitvo also stressed that it’s not a party to the bankruptcy proceedings entered into by FTX and its affiliated entities. Bitvo has also never owned, listed or traded FTX Token (FTT) or “any similar token,” the announcement notes.
“Since inception, Bitvo has operated as an independent, Canadian crypto asset trading platform,” the company stated, adding that the platform has not been offering lending or borrowing services:
“Bitvo operates on a full reserve basis, meaning it does not lend customer funds. Bitvo has always chosen to operate in this fashion, and it is a requirement of Bitvo’s regulatory status as a Restricted Dealer registered with the Canadian Securities Administrators.”
As previously reported by Cointelegraph, the troubled cryptocurrency exchange FTX entered into an agreement to purchase Bitvo in June 2022 as part of the company’s expansion plans in Canada. But the plan went wrong as FTX became the subject of a massive industry scandal, with the exchange misappropriating user funds for trading on its sister firm, Alameda Research.
On Nov. 14, Bitvo officially announced that its acquisition by FTX was still a pending transaction that wasn’t closed. “Digital assets are held with independent third-parties BitGo Inc. and BitGo Trust Company, with over 80% of assets held in cold storage,” the company said.
“We are happy the acquisition didn’t close, as it would have been devastating to our staff and, just as importantly, our customers,” Bitvo CEO Pamela Draper told Cointelegraph. The acquisition process that took place since the announcement was made in June involved working to satisfy the closing conditions, the most significant of which was regulatory approval, she added.
“The Alberta Securities Commission is our principal regulator, and Bitvo and FTX were working with them to obtain the required approvals,” Draper said.
While Bitvo appears to have managed to back off from the deal, other crypto companies have been affected by the FTX crisis due to being acquired by the crypto mogul.
The FTX-owned crypto exchange Liquid suspended its fiat and crypto withdrawals on its Liquid Global platform in connection with FTX’s issues, according to an official statement released on Nov. 15. FTX acquired the Japanese exchange and its affiliates in February 2022.
Bankrupt crypto lender Voyager Digital took to Twitter on Nov. 16 to update its clients on its reorganization efforts following the Chapter 11 filing by FTX and FTX US, stating that a customer vote regarding its proposed sale will be canceled and not move forward. Voyager went bankrupt in July, with FTX US acquiring its assets in September.
LedgerX, which does business as FTX US Derivatives and is another subsidiary of FTX US, continued to offer fully collateralized swaps, futures and options on crypto, CEO Zach Dexter said on Nov. 14. He also pointed out that the company is not included in the bankruptcy filing by FTX. “Customer funds remain safe on the LedgerX LLC derivatives platform, which remains available 24x7,” Dexter noted in another tweet. As previously reported, FTX US acquired LedgerX in an undisclosed deal in August 2021.