North America

Two Estonian citizens were arrested in Tallinn, Estonia, on an 18-count indictment for their alleged involvement in a $575 million cryptocurrency fraud and money laundering conspiracy, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday, Reuters reported. Sergei Potapenko and Ivan Turõgin, both 37, allegedly defrauded hundreds of thousands of victims through a multi-faceted scheme, wherein they induced them to enter fraudulent equipment rental contracts with the defendants' cryptocurrency mining service called HashFlare, the department said in a statement.
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The Securities Commission of The Bahamas said on Thursday it has ordered all digital assets of FTX Digital Markets Ltd (FDM) transferred to a digital wallet controlled by the Commission for safekeeping, Reuters reported. "Urgent interim regulatory action was necessary to protect the interests of clients and creditors of FDM," the commission said in a statement. Read more.
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El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has pledged to buy Bitcoin at a pace of one coin per day starting Friday, November 8, Tokenistcom reported. The move comes as the flagship cryptocurrency has tumbled to two-year lows amid the recent collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX. In a Thursday tweet, President Nayib Bukele announced that they will start buying one BTC per day. “We are buying one Bitcoin every day starting tomorrow,” he said. However, the Bitcoin bull did not identify a cap for how many BTC coins he plans to acquire or for how long they will stick to the strategy.
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FTX Digital Markets, the Bahamas-based unit of the recently collapsed cryptocurrency trading platform, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S., CNN reported. The company filed Tuesday in New York court under chapter 15. The move comes after the crypto exchange’s U.S.-based arm, FTX Group, abruptly filed for bankruptcy Friday after facing a “severe liquidity crisis.” FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried resigned as CEO the same day. FTX’s rapid collapse marked a stunning downfall for one of the biggest and most powerful players in the crypto industry.

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Liquidators for FTX's Bahamas unit, FTX Digital Markets, have asked a New York City court to recognize its bankruptcy in the Bahamas, saying they "reject the validity" of the cryptocurrency exchange's U.S. bankruptcy proceedings, Saltwire reported. The Bahamas liquidators, who were appointed on Nov. 10 by the Securities Commission of the Bahamas, filed a chapter 15 petition late Tuesday in U.S. bankruptcy court in New York, asking the court to help them obtain records from FTX and block asset transfers to protect creditors of the Bahamas-based company.

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Troubled Mexican nonbank lender Credito Real is in talks with foreign bondholders, prompting creditors to delay their request for an involuntary U.S. bankruptcy hearing, according to two sources close to the matter, Reuters reported. Credito Real collapsed after it defaulted on a 170 million Swiss franc ($176 million) bond in February, prompting bonds to shed 99% of their value. The talks are centered on establishing what assets the company still had left and are viable for recovery, offering a rare chance for transparency, one source directly involved told Reuters Wednesday.

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Groupe Sélection, which operates several retirement residences in Montréal and on the West Island (Sélection Retraite West Island in Pointe-Claire and Sélection Retraite Le Cambridge, also in Pointe-Claire), has filed for bankruptcy protection, The Suburban reported. The banking group that handles Groupe Sélection’s finances, which includes Banque Nationale, has appointed the accounting firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers to handle the company’s turnaround.

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Lower-income Canadians will be disproportionately affected by the slowdown in economic activity that is needed to ease inflationary pressures, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem said on Monday, Reuters reported. Macklem, in opening remarks to the fourth annual Conference on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Economics, Finance and Central Banking, also reiterated that inflation is too high and challenges remain as the central bank works to lower it.
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The Securities Commission of the Bahamas said that it froze the assets of FTX Digital Markets Ltd. and related parties on Thursday and appointed a provisional liquidator, WSJ Pro reported. FTX Digital Markets, based in the Bahamas, is a subsidiary of FTX Trading Ltd. owned by billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried. The powers of the directors of FDM have been suspended and no assets held by the firm can be transferred without the provisional liquidator’s approval, the commission said.

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A six-figure hit for Nova Scotia's largest registered pension plan is at the heart of an alleged securities fraud case playing out in Texas that aims to recoup some of the $1 billion investors claim they lost, saltwire.com reported. The Nova Scotia Health Employee Pension Plan is the lead plaintiff in a proposed class-action case against engineering firm McDermott International, Inc.

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