Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao—better known to everyone in crypto as “CZ”—wouldn’t have made the deal that Alameda Research made with Voyager Digital.
Alameda, the firm founded by crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried (CEO of Binance rival FTX) last month extended a $500 million line of credit to crypto broker Voyager Digital. On Wednesday, Voyager’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing revealed that Alamedaitself owes Voyager $377 million.
Speaking with Decrypt on Thursday for an upcoming episode of the gm podcast, CZ said when asked about Alameda and Voyager, “That was surprising even to me, to be honest. I try not to comment on our competitors or industry peers. But I would never do that type of deal. I would never say, ‘I will invest in your company and then you loan me some money.’ I would just not invest in that company, I’ll keep my money.”
He was reluctant to comment more specifically on the slew of other deals that Bankman-Fried’s companies have made in the last two weeks amid a massive crypto liquidity crunch. But earlier in the conversation, Zhao said he and the team at Binance prefer things to be more straightforward.
“Personally, for me, and to a large extent for Binance, we like very simple deals. We like deals like, ‘What’s your revenue? What’s your user number?’ We don’t like deals where, ‘Hey, I owe you this money, you pay me back this much money, you invest in me, I give you more money in loans, and then you bail me out.’ Why don’t we just return all the money and go back to zero and talk about net, who owes who money?”
So, 3AC owes Voyager a few 100m, went bust. FTX/Alameda gives 3AC $100m, but didn’t save it.
Alameda invests in Voyager, then takes a $377 million loan from Voyager… ok…
V went bust. FTX didn’t “bail them out” or return the money?