Thursday, 28 September 2023

Temasek chairman’s statement on FTX internal review

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In a press release issued today, Temasek said that the investment team and senior management responsible for investing in cryptocurrency exchange FTX took collective accountability and have had their compensation reduced

Lim Boon Heng, chairman of Singapore-based global investment company Temasek released a statement earlier today regarding its investment of $275 million into embroiled cryptocurrency FTX.

He said: “Temasek, as an investor-owner, seeks to deliver sustainable returns over the long term. While there are inherent risks whenever we invest, we believe that we have to invest in new sectors and emerging technologies to understand how these areas may impact the business and financial models of our existing portfolio, and whether they would be drivers of future value in an ever-changing world. This is why we invest into early stage companies.”

Lim continued: “With FTX, as alleged by prosecutors and as admitted by key executives at FTX and its affiliates, there was fraudulent conduct intentionally hidden from investors, including Temasek. Nevertheless, we are disappointed with the outcome of our investment, and the negative impact on our reputation.” 

The chairman finished his statement by saying: “An independent team has conducted an internal review of the investment and the findings were directly presented to the Board Risk & Sustainability Committee and to our Board.  Although there was no misconduct by the investment team in reaching their investment recommendation, the investment team and senior management, who are ultimately responsible for investment decisions made, took collective accountability and had their compensation reduced.”


Lim Boon Heng, Chairman, Temasek



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