Binance’s Deal for Rival FTX Marks Power Shift Amid Crypto Turmoil

Agreement comes after crypto companies, traders pulled money from FTX over concerns about its financial stability

At WSJ Tech Live, the founder and CEO of crypto exchange FTX details the company's plans to expand its user base.

Cryptocurrency exchange FTX, months after looking like a shining survivor in a struggling industry, succumbed Tuesday to a sudden liquidity crunch of its own and agreed to be taken over by rival Binance.

The deal signals a power shift in the crypto world, which has been hurt by rising interest rates and investors’ retreat from risk. The pact marks a victory for Binance founder Changpeng Zhao and a humbling comedown for Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of FTX, which had been growing in size and recognition before a clash between the two men set off a series of events that shook investor confidence in his firm.

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