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Nickel Digital Asset Management And Metaplex Laid Off Due To FTX Collapse

Nickel Digital Asset Management and Metaplex have laid off “several members of the Metaplex Studios team” due to the “indirect impact” of the collapse of the crypto exchange FTX.

Stephen Hess, the co-founder and CEO of Metaplex Studios, said:

“Since Metaplex is the base layer of the Solana NFT ecosystem, it’s our core responsibility to ensure the long term sustainability of the protocol for the benefit of the community. While our treasury wasn’t directly impacted by the collapse of FTX and our fundamentals remain strong, the indirect impact on the market is significant and requires that we take a more conservative approach moving forward.”

It has been reported that the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has also had to swallow some losses. According to an announcement made by the Canadian-based teachers’ pension fund, it invested $75 million into FTX International and its US entity, FTX.US.

However, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan shared that the investment “represented less than 0.05%” of its total net assets and “equated to ownership of 0.4% and 0.5% of FTX International and FTX.US, respectively.” Although disappointed by its losses, the pension plan asserts that “the financial loss from this investment will have limited impact on the Plan, given its size relative to our total net assets and our strong financial position.”

The report said that on November 18, Genesis Block, a frontrunner for providing cryptocurrency retail services in Hong Kong, separate from the institutional cryptocurrency trading services Genesis, will begin closing down its over-the-counter (OTC) online trading portal starting December 10.

London-based crypto investment firm Nickel Digital Asset Management reported on November 18 that it has around $12 million of its funds stuck on FTX.

Thus, according to founder and chief investment officer Michael Hall, the company has been unable to withdraw funds, which allegedly account for an estimated 6% of its $200 million in assets under management.

Source: Cointelegraph


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