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January 9, 2024

Dave Ventures into FTX: A $100 Million Acquisition Amidst Legal Battles

$100-million once held by the now-bankrupt FTX Ventures, is about to find a new home in Dave's strategic arsenal

In a strategic move echoing through the corridors of the fintech realm, Dave, renowned for its innovative financial services app, is gearing up for a game-changing acquisition. The stage is set for Dave to secure a $100-million convertible promissory note from FTX Ventures, the venture capital arm of the now-bankrupt crypto exchange FTX. This bold maneuver, with a discounted price tag of $71 million, awaits the nod from the bankruptcy court, a decision slated for a pivotal hearing on January 25.

Before delving into the intricacies, let's take a glance at Dave's financial symphony. Boasting offerings like savings accounts, cash advances, and spending accounts, Dave has orchestrated a financial crescendo, securing an impressive $536.3 million across nine funding rounds, as per its Crunchbase profile.

The plot thickens when we rewind to March 2022, marking the genesis of collaboration between Dave and FTX. Their partnership set the stage for cryptocurrency payments on Dave's platform, fueled by FTX Ventures' hefty $100-million investment in the fintech firm. However, the melody took an unexpected turn following FTX's bankruptcy in November 2022.

Navigating the stormy waters of FTX's bankruptcy, the debtors sought to liquidate assets to appease creditors. The court's approval has been granted for various sales, including divesting LedgerX and liquidating digital assets worth $3.4 billion. Yet, the legal saga unfolds with clawback claims adding layers of complexity.

Legal expert Alan R. Rosenberg foresees a protracted battle, given the litany of clawback claims aiming to recover funds disbursed before FTX's insolvency. As the legal tussle ensues, FTX faces a monumental $24 billion claim from the IRS for unpaid taxes, casting shadows on the bankruptcy proceedings.

In the symphony of financial maneuvers and legal complexities, Dave's acquisition of FTX's convertible promissory note emerges as a crescendo of resilience and strategic foresight. The January 25 court hearing becomes a pivotal note in this evolving saga. As FTX navigates the labyrinth of legal battles, Dave's move adds an intriguing chapter to the unfolding narrative, leaving the fintech and crypto communities eagerly anticipating the final chord in this high-stakes melody.

Neil Hodgson Coyle
Neil Hodgson-Coyle
Editorial chief at TechNews180
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