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TIMELINE-Rise and fall of crypto exchange FTX

    (Updates with latest developments, adds table on FTX investors)
       Nov 11 (Reuters) - Cryptocurrency exchange FTX stood on
the brink of failure on Friday after a bailout from larger rival
Binance collapsed and the chances of other rescue funding looked
    Chief executive Sam Bankman-Fried said he was exploring all
options for his firm.
    Here is a history of FTX since its foundation in 2019:
    May - Former Wall Street trader Sam Bankman-Fried and
ex-Google employee Gary Wang founded FTX, the owner and operator
of FTX.COM cryptocurrency exchange.
    August - FTX acquired mobile portfolio tracking application,
Blockfolio for $150 million.
    July - A $900 million funding round valued FTX at $18
    September - FTX signed a sponsorship deal with Mercedes'
Formula 1 team.
    October - FTX raised capital at a valuation of $25 billion
from investors including Singapore's Temasek and Tiger Global.
    Jan. 27 - FTX's U.S. arm said it was valued at $8 billion
after raising $400 million in its first funding round from
investors including SoftBank and Temasek.
    Jan. 31 - FTX raised $400 million from investors including
SoftBank at a valuation of $32 billion.
    June 4 - FTX signed a reportedly $135 million sponsorship
deal for naming rights of the Miami Heat's home court.
    July 1 - FTX signed a deal with an option to buy embattled
crypto lender BlockFi for up to $240 million.
    July 22 - FTX offered a partial bailout of bankrupt crypto
lender Voyager Digital. Voyager called it a "low-ball bid".
    July 29 - FTX said it won full approval to operate its
exchange and clearing house in Dubai.
    Aug. 19 - A U.S. bank regulator ordered FTX to halt "false
and misleading" claims it had made about whether funds at the
company are insured by the government.
    Sept. 9 - FTX's venture capital fund said it would buy a 30%
stake in SkyBridge Capital.
    Nov. 2 - Crypto news website CoinDesk reported a leaked
balance sheet that showed Alameda Research, Bankman-Fried's
crypto trading firm, was heavily dependent on FTX's native
token, FTT. Reuters was unable to verify the report.
    Nov. 6 - Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao said his firm would
liquidate its holdings of FTT due to unspecified "recent
    Nov. 7 - Bankman-Fried said "FTX is fine. Assets are fine".
    Nov. 8 - FTT collapses by 72% as clients swamp
the exchange with withdrawal requests.
    Nov. 9 - Binance decided against pursuing a nonbinding
agreement to bail out FTX.
    Nov. 10 - FTX suspended on-boarding of new clients as well
as withdrawals until further notice
    Nov. 10 -  Bankman-Fried told staff in a memo that he was
seeking a capital raising and had held talks with Justin Sun,
founder of the crypto token Tron
    Nov. 10 -  Reuters reported that Bankman-Fried is seeking to
put together a rescue package of up to $9.4 billion for FTX
    Nov. 10 - Securities Commission Of the Bahamas said it had
frozen assets of FTX Digital Markets, a subsidiary of FTX
    Nov. 10 - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie
Stabenow said the U.S. Congress needs to pass legislation in the
wake of the collapse of FTX
    Here is a list of FTX's investors since 2019, according to
private market data provider, PitchBook.

 2019   Tiger Global Management, Insight Partners, SoftBank
 Inves  Investment Advisors, Temasek, Telstra Ventures,
 tors   Teachers Venture Growth, Steadview Capital Management,
        Redline DAO, Paradigm, New Enterprise Associates,
        Lightspeed Ventures, 500 Global,  Binance Labs,
        Consensus Lab,  FBG Capital, Galois Capital, Greylock
        Capital Management, Lemniscap, Race Capital, IVP, HOF
 2020   Bitscale Capital, BR Capital, Evangelion Capital,
 Inves  Exnetwork Capital, Genblock Capital, Insignius
 tors   Capital, Pantera Capital
 2021   BlackRock, Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, Samsung NEXT
 Inves  Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Base10
 tors   Partners, Astronaut Capital, AGE Crypto, Vetamer
        Capital, Senator Investment Group, Sea Capital,
        Paradigm, Meritech Capital Partners, ICONIQ Growth,
        Third Point Ventures, Thoma Bravo, Kevin O'Leary,
        Willoughby Capital, Digital Currency Group, Third
        Point, Tribe Capital, Bond Capital, Standard
        Investments, Circle , Ribbit Capital, Multicoin
        Capital, Mayfield, 6ixth Event, Abstract Ventures,
        Alan Howard, Altimeter Capital Management, Bond,
        Schoeneck & King, DHVC, Israel Englander, Mark VC
 2022   Temasek, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Ontario Teachers
 Inves  Pension Plan, K5 Global, MiH Ventures, Mint Ventures,
 tors   NKB Ventures, Signum Capital, Alchemy Ventures, Lux
        Capital, Fenrir, Claritas Capital, Hard Yaka, Early
        Capital Group, Chapter One Ventures, One Block
        Capital, Chainfund Capital, A'Z Angels, Allied
        Investors Group, ArkStream Capital
 (Compiled by Harish Sridharan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sam
Holmes & Shri Navaratnam)

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