- Binance Australia faces regulatory scrutiny and office searches by ASIC.
- The exchange lost its derivatives license and is winding down operations.
- Binance is under global scrutiny, with investigations in France and the US.
As the regulatory temperature heats up, Binance Australia finds itself in the crosshairs of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Per reports, the global cryptocurrency behemoth now faces an extensive audit by the regulatory body. This latest incident marks another chapter in the exchange’s ongoing global regulatory challenges.
Further, reports reveal that the ASIC searched Binance’s local offices on Tuesday. Moreover, this exercise aligns with the ongoing probe into Binance’s now-defunct local derivatives operations. Hence, the cryptocurrency juggernaut finds itself under the microscope once again.
According to a Binance spokesperson, the firm is cooperating with local authorities, emphasizing their commitment to regulatory compliance in the Australian market. However, sources revealed that ASIC remains tight-lipped at the time of writing and hasn’t confirmed the said searches.
Additionally, this scrutiny encompasses a detailed review of Binance Australia’s classification of its retail and wholesale clients. Consequently, it lost its derivatives operation license in April due to ASIC’s intervention. Following this, Binance announced the winding down of its local derivatives exchange but affirmed the continuity of its spot trading platform.
On the other hand, the saga in Australia forms part of a broader narrative of global regulatory pressure on Binance. The platform has lost partnerships with payment providers concerned about potential regulatory fallout. In addition, its Australian platform experienced the withdrawal of a crucial local currency route.
Furthermore, last month, Binance faced an investigation by French authorities concerning allegations of illicit digital-asset services and money laundering acts. Notwithstanding these allegations, Binance maintains its adherence to all applicable laws in France and globally.
In the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has leveled accusations against Binance and its founder, Changpeng CZ Zhao, regarding customer fund mismanagement and violating securities rules.
Despite these challenges, Binance remains resolute. Zhao has labeled the SEC’s actions as “disappointing” and pledged a vigorous defense of Binance’s platform and reputation. Furthermore, they face a lawsuit from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, adding another hurdle in their path to regulatory compliance.