(Bloomberg) -- Australian crypto exchange Swyftx laid off 35% of employees as the crisis sparked by FTX’s implosion further dims the sector’s outlook.

The firm let go 90 of 259 people, a step taken “in expectation of a potentially sharp fall in global trade volumes in the first half of 2023 and further aftershocks from FTX’s collapse,” a Swyftx spokesperson said Monday.  

Chief Executive Officer Alex Harper flagged the potential for more “black swan-type events” in a message to staff seen by Bloomberg News. Swyftx had already laid off about a fifth of its workforce in August. 

Investors have fled the crypto sector after a yearlong rout and a series of blowups, most recently the wipeout of Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX crypto empire. Platforms around the world such as Crypto.com, Kraken and Bybit have cut staffing levels in response to the downturn.

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