Former FTX Engineering Chief Testifies About Crypto Firm’s Finances
Meetings on FTX’s Financial State
In a recent court testimony, Nishad Singh, former FTX engineering chief, shared details about two one-on-one meetings he had with Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of FTX, to discuss the dire financial situation of the cryptocurrency firm.
Singh mentioned that it was uncommon for him to have private meetings with Bankman-Fried, as they would typically only meet once a year. However, Singh requested a meeting after learning from a text exchange with Caroline Ellison and Gary Wang that Alameda Research, FTX’s sister hedge fund, was borrowing $13 billion from FTX.
During their first meeting, Singh and Bankman-Fried discussed this issue on the rooftop deck of a residential building in the Bahamas. Singh, who is cooperating with the prosecution, pleaded guilty to several charges in February.
Reassurances and Plans
Bankman-Fried, in an attempt to reassure Singh, claimed that the net asset value (NAV) was “super positive” and there was nothing to worry about. However, when asked about the $13 billion shortfall, Bankman-Fried acknowledged the issue but focused on the company’s ability to deliver rather than the size of the shortfall.
Bankman-Fried expressed confidence in FTX’s ability to raise money from investors and launch its U.S. futures. Singh shared his frustration and feelings of betrayal during the conversation, but Bankman-Fried assured him that spending would be curbed.