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SBF Trial Begins, Su Zhu Arrested in Singapore 🇸🇬

The trial of Sam Bankman-Fried begins in Manhattan, Su Zhu of 3AC has been apprehended in Singapore -- plus the top news, stats, and reports of the week in crypto

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Issue Summary: Welcome back to Coinstack, the weekly newsletter for institutional crypto investors and industry insiders. We review the top news, stats, and reports in the digital asset ecosystem for our 150k weekly subscribers. This week we cover the big SBF trial in NYC, Su Zhu’s arrest in Singapore, Do Kwon’s blocked extradition to the US, and big new venture rounds for Supra ($24M) and IYK ($16.8M). We’re now less than 200 days away from the next Bitcoin halving, which historically has been the catalyst to the start of the next bull market. It’s time to build!

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  1. ⚖️ SBF’s Trial Begins Tuesday in Manhattan - Judge Lewis Kaplan on Wednesday announced a 12-person jury that will determine the former FTX CEO’s fate in a criminal case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. A physician’s assistant, a librarian, a nurse and nine others will decide if Sam Bankman-Fried committed fraud. Here’s an overview of the the trial and case.

  2. ⚖️ Su Zhu arrested in Singapore; Kyle Davies wanted by authorities- Zhu Su, co-founder of the now-bankrupt Three Arrows Capital (3AC), has been apprehended in Singapore, according to a tweet by online news aggregator db, known as @tier10k on X, and later confirmed by Three Arrows’ liquidator, Teneo.

  3. ⚖️Terraform Labs’ defense team says extraditing Do Kwon to the U.S. for SEC testimony is ‘impossible’- The legal defense for Terraform Labs submitted a court filing that aims to show that its former CEO, Do Kwon, cannot be extradited to the United States. In a Sept. 27 filing, the defense’s legal team noted that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) intends to depose Kwon to the U.S. prior to Oct. 13. If the SEC were successful, Kwon would provide testimony in the securities case.

  4. ⚖️ Sam Bankman-Fried not allowed to blame FTX counsel in opening statement, judge rules - FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, whose trial began on Tuesday, is not allowed to pin the blame for his alleged wrongdoings on FTX’s lawyers in his opening statement, a federal judge ruled on Sunday.

  1. ⚖️ SEC Moves to Delay Spot bitcoin ETFs from BlackRock, Valkyrie and Bitwise - The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday said it is instituting additional proceedings to determine whether proposed spot bitcoin ETFs from BlackRock, Invesco, Valkyrie and Bitwise should be approved or disapproved, in apparent additional delays to the ongoing review processes underway.

  2.  Coinbase granted full license in Singapore- Coinbase, the crypto exchange operator, was granted a key regulatory license in Singapore. The Monetary Authority of Singapore handed the company a Major Payment Institution license, after granting in-principal approval late last year, according to an announcement today.

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Source: @EricBalchunas

📊 Key Stats of the Week

Here are the most important and interesting stats in crypto this week...

1. Institutional investments in digital assets finally turn positive after 6 consecutive weeks of net outflows. We've now seen inflows totaling $21M this past week.

Source: @DavidShuttleworth

2. Launch day for futures-based ETH ETF. First-day trading volume: $1.96m.

Source: @VetleLunde

3. friendtech has reached $50M TVL

Source: @tomwanhh

4. Ethereum blockspace profitability has fallen to -$2.5m per day

Source: @JasonYanowitz

5. Solana futures open interest is now $350M, the highest it has been since mid-August.

Source: @DavidShuttleworth

📝 Highlights from the Top Crypto Reports

Here are the top highlights from the best crypto research reports this week…

About the Author: Paul Veradittakit, is a Managing Partner at Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and largest institutional investors focused on investing into blockchain companies and cryptocurrencies. This is an excerpt from the full article, which you can find here.


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Brine.fi is a robust platform powered by Starkware, audited by PeckShield that allows CEXs, institutions, hedge-funds, high frequency trading firms and even retail users to trade crypto assets with millisecond latency while maintaining full custody of their assets. What truly sets Brine apart is its pioneering role as among the first decentralised exchange to grant institutions the freedom to execute orders exclusively with KYC-verified and known counterparties, establishing a new standard for security and compliance in the DeFi landscape for institutions.

What makes Brine special?

Innovation is an undeniably crucial constituent of decentralisation - we see new ventures within the DeFi space every day and these are as vital to DeFi as DeFi is to finance. Among the multitude of projects emerging, Brine stands out with its implementation of user-centric protocols and a strong push towards a more inclusive financial future.

The Brine Fi team includes former execs from CoinBase, PayPal, Venmo, Flipkart, Harvard, and MIT and are on a mission to deliver the best DEX experience possible to traders and institutions alike. Brine Fi was founded by university friends Bhavesh Praveen, Ritumbhara Bhatnagar and Shaaran Lakshminarayanan.

Shaaran Lakshminarayanan, co-founder and CEO at Brine Fi on a recent article by Forbes commented: “Having built one of the largest crypto exchange in India, we have had to diversify users assets constantly in multiple exchanges and venues to reduce asset loss risk due to troubled exchanges/parties, with Brine Fi we make it easy for institutions, centralised exchanges, HFT traders and retail users to reduce their counterparty risk and at the same time get the best price for their orders in the industry”.

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