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18 VCs Stand as Defendants in a Miami Lawsuit for Links to FTX


  • Lawsuit targets VCs like Temasek, alleging aiding FTX’s fraudulent activities.
  • VC firms accused of misleading investors, promoting FTX despite alleged irregularities.
  • FTX’s collapse led to crypto market doubts, affecting institutional investments temporarily.

Eighteen prominent venture capital (VC) investment firms, including Temasek, Sequoia Capital, Sino Global, and Softbank, are now facing a class-action lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

The lawsuit accuses these VC firms of being complicit in aiding and abetting fraudulent activities related to the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX

The lawsuit, filed on August 7th, alleges that the VC firms played a significant role in “aiding and abetting” the FTX fraud, using their influence and resources to help FTX grow into a “multibillion-dollar scale house of cards.”

According to the lawsuit, FTX violated multiple securities laws and misappropriated customers’ funds, while the defendant VC firms allegedly presented a misleading image of the exchange, suggesting they had thoroughly vetted it. 

The plaintiffs contend that these VC firms were directly involved in the “multi-billion-dollar frauds” carried out by the FTX Group for their own financial gain.

The lawsuit highlights statements made by VC firms like Temasek about FTX’s financial condition. Temasek claimed to have conducted an extensive eight-month review of FTX’s financials, audits, and regulatory checks, finding no alarming signs. The lawsuit asserts that these VC firms made deceptive statements to encourage customers to invest in FTX.

Furthermore, the suit alleges that these VC firms promoted the exchange’s stability and safety, as well as its efforts to achieve proper regulation. Temasek, which initially invested $275 million in FTX, wrote off its entire investment following the exchange’s collapse in November 2022.

The FTX collapse had far-reaching effects, casting a shadow of doubt over the broader cryptocurrency ecosystem and causing a temporary drought in institutional crypto investments. 

The lawsuit puts a spotlight on the responsibilities of VC firms in the crypto space and raises questions about regulatory oversight, particularly concerning the role of government-backed institutions like Temasek in such matters. As the legal battle unfolds, it remains to be seen how these allegations will impact the reputation and practices of these major VC players in the cryptocurrency industry.

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