FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried Denies Crypto Exchange Is Planning to Acquire Huobi

FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried said in a tweet Monday morning that the crypto exchange had no plans to acquire Huobi, one of the world's largest crypto exchanges with a daily trading volume of over $1 billion, according to data from CoinGecko.

  • Speculation had been growing that FTX and Bankman-Fried, who have extended lifelines to several troubled crypto companies such as BlockFi and Voyager and could eventually acquire both firms, was planning to acquire the Seychelles-based Huobi.
  • In mid-August, Bloomberg reported that FTX had held preliminary talks with Huobi founder Leon Li to buy a majority stake in Huobi that would value the firm at $3 billion or more. The report said that a deal could be completed as soon as the end of this month and that Justin Sun, founder of the Tron blockchain network, was also interested in bidding on the stake. Sun denied any interest in a tweet.
  • Earlier this year, FTX bought Japanese exchange Liquid and also agreed to acquire Canadian trading platform Bitvo.
  • Huobi’s native token HT declined about 6% following Bankman-Fried’s tweet.

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