Several crypto trade commentators have laid skepticism on FTX CEO John Ray’s imaginative and prescient to doubtlessly reboot the crypto change, citing belief points and “second-class” therapy of consumers as some the reason why customers might not “feel safe to go back.”
Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried tweeted on Jan. 20 praising John Ray for taking a look at a reboot of FTX, suggesting it’s the finest transfer for its prospects.
I’m glad Mr. Ray is lastly paying lip service to turning the change again on after months of squashing such efforts!
I’m nonetheless ready for him to lastly admit FTX US is solvent and provides prospects their a refund…https://t.co/XjcyYFsoU0https://t.co/SdvMIMXQ5K
— SBF (@SBF_FTX) January 19, 2023
This got here after John Ray instructed the Wall Street Journal on Jan. 19 that he was contemplating reviving the crypto change as a part of his efforts to make the customers entire.
Ray famous that regardless of prime executives being accused of felony misconduct, stakeholders have proven curiosity within the prospects of the platform coming again — seeing the change as a “viable business.”
In feedback to Cointelegraph, Binance Australia CEO Leigh Travers believes it is going to be tough for FTX to safe a license once more, significantly because the trade strikes into a brand new yr with elevated regulation and oversight by regulators.
Travers additionally famous that because the closure, FTX customers have migrated “to other platforms, like Binance.” He questioned whether or not these customers will “feel safe to go back.”
He addressed the truth that FTX governance and controls had been referred to as into query, with directors sharing particulars about some purchasers getting “preferential treatment,” together with “back door switches.” Travers famous:
“How will users feel comfortable going back to a platform that treated some clients as second-class?”
Digital belongings lawyer Liam Hennessy, accomplice at Australian regulation agency Gadens, thinks that it will be “very difficult” for FTX, given the reputational harm and lack of belief, for any buyer or investor to “come near them again.”
Hennessy was additionally skeptical whether or not FTX will ever get permitted for a license once more, saying that it’s “one big question mark” which solely is dependent upon jurisdictions.
The lawyer believes that in some offshore jurisdictions, it is going to be simpler for the change to get license approval, however it is going to be pointless if its customers don’t intend to return.
“To jump through the hoops the major jurisdictions will set such as the US, UK and Australia will be a serious challenge.”
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Meanwhile, RMIT University Blockchain Innovation Hub senior regulation lecturer Aaron Lane instructed Cointelegraph, that it’s “not surprising” that FTX would consider reviving the exchange business, stating that is the purpose of the Chapter 11 process — giving the company the ability to propose a plan to run the business and pay the creditors back “over time with the court’s approval.”
He believes that the “onus will be on FTX,” or a creditor that recordsdata a competing plan, to point out that collectors will get a “better result” beneath the revival plan in comparison with liquidating FTX’s belongings.
Lane nonetheless additionally questioned whether or not prospects will ever belief FTX once more, saying it’s attainable that one other firm seeking to launch a brand new change “purposes those assets” quite than growing its personal interface from scratch.