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(Kitco News) - As the dust begins to settle on the contagion sparked by the May collapse of Terra (LUNA) and its TerraUSD stablecoin, Sam Bankman-Fried appears determined to scoop up the best deals and expand the growing FTX empire.  

According to a statement released on Monday, the assets belonging to the bankrupt crypto lending platform Voyager Digital have been purchased by West Realm Shires, the parent company for FTX US, for a bid valued at $1.422 billion.

That total is comprised of the “fair market value of all Voyager cryptocurrency at a to-be-determined date in the future,” plus an additional $111 million of incremental value that will also be taken under consideration. 

The current value of the assets in question is estimated to be $1.311 billion, and they will become available once Voyager has finished its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

As for the claims Voyager currently has against the now defunct hedge fund Three Arrows Capital, they will “remain with the bankruptcy estate, which will distribute any available recovery on such claims to the estate’s creditors,” the statement said. 

According to former Wall Street Journal reporter Liz Hoffman who cited people familiar with the deal, FTX US paid a purchase price of $50 million for the assets, but that figure “could eventually be twice that if AUM and other milestones are hit.” 

Customer funds have been locked on the Voyager platform since July, prior to the company filing for bankruptcy. There was sparse information provided about what happens next for Voyager customers still waiting to access their crypto holdings, with the release from Voyager simply stating that “Additional information about the timeline and customer access to crypto will be shared as it becomes available.”

The agreement between Voyager and FTX US will be presented for approval to the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on Oct. 19, and the objection deadline to the transaction is Oct. 12. 

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