to cut 20% jobs as industry rout deepens after FTX collapse

By Reuters   January 13, 2023 | 01:20 am PT to cut 20% jobs as industry rout deepens after FTX collapse
A representation of bitcoin is seen in an illustration picture taken on June 23, 2017. Photo by Reuters/Benoit Tessier said on Friday it would be reducing about 20% of its workforce, as cryptocurrency exchanges face industry-wide challenges brought on by the collapse of FTX last year.

The Singapore-based company's announcement comes amid concerns about reserves and solvency across the sector, and only a few days after rival exchanges Coinbase Global Inc and Huobi announced their plans to lay off about 20% of their staff. A source told Reuters last week that Genesis, too, had cut jobs, equating to 30% of its workforce.

The layoffs at would be its second in about six months, after it reduced jobs in July last year to weather the macro economic downturn amid rising interest rates.

The recent FTX collapse "significantly damaged trust in the industry," Chief Executive Officer Kris Marszalek said in a statement.

"It's for this reason, as we continue to focus on prudent financial management, we made the difficult but necessary decision to make additional reductions in order to position the company for long-term success."

The collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried's FTX was the biggest in string of big crypto-related failures in 2022. It sparked a cryptocurrency rout and has left an estimated 1 million creditors facing losses of billions of dollars.

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