U.S. regulators and law-enforcement agencies are investigating Binance. The investigation is for potential anti-money laundering law violations and offering unregistered crypto derivatives to U.S. customers.
In a recent Wall Street Journal report, Patrick Hillmann, Binance’s Chief Strategy Officer, stated that the company is determining necessary remediations with regulators. While Hillmann expressed confidence in the discussions, he could not provide a timeline or figure for the fines imposed by U.S. regulators.
The lack of regulatory clarity in the U.S. has created a confusing time for the company. Additionally, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently intensified its enforcement activities, targeting certain staking services and stablecoins. The recent crackdowns have resulted in a profound and long-lasting chilling effect in the United States.
Hillmann expressed optimism that resolving issues with U.S. regulators would ultimately benefit the firm and its future. He stated it would be a good moment for the company to put it behind them.
However, as the investigations continue, Binance could face significant fines and penalties. The company has declined to offer any additional comments on the matter.
Binance And Regulatory Issues
Furthermore, Binance faces continuous US regulatory issues. The exchange never registered, leading to a New York referral in 2018. CFTC probe opened in 2021 over possible illegal use by US residents.
Also, Binance faced insider trading allegations investigated by CFTC in Sept 2021 after previous inquiries by DOJ and IRS.
Additionally, Binance faced increased regulatory scrutiny after the FTX collapse. Reports of the DOJ considering criminal charges against the exchange and its executives, including CEO CZ.
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