Binance Australia, the local office of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, had its premises searched by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) on Tuesday, according to a report from Bloomberg. The move comes after Binance’s derivatives license was revoked in April due to concerns regarding the classification of clients as professional wholesale investors, which potentially provided them with fewer regulatory safeguards compared to retail customers.
Citing anonymous sources, the Bloomberg report sheds light on the intensifying regulatory scrutiny faced by Binance globally. In response to the search operation, a spokesperson from Binance Australia stated that the company is cooperating with local authorities and is committed to meeting the country’s regulatory standards to ensure full compliance and serve its users in Australia.
This development follows Binance’s recent encounter with the public prosecutor in Paris, France, where the company’s premises were raided on charges of “aggravated money laundering.” Additionally, Binance’s U.S. arm and its CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao are currently embroiled in a lawsuit filed by U.S. regulators, alleging unlawful operations and the listing of unregistered securities.
While ASIC neither confirmed nor denied the search operation, stating that their review is ongoing, the regulator did not immediately respond to CoinDesk’s request for further details.
The regulatory actions against Binance have sent shockwaves through the cryptocurrency industry, as one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges faces increasing scrutiny and legal challenges across multiple jurisdictions. The outcome of these investigations and lawsuits could have significant implications for Binance’s operations and reputation on a global scale.
As the situation unfolds, industry observers eagerly await updates on the outcomes of the investigations and the subsequent impact they may have on Binance’s standing in the cryptocurrency market. Meanwhile, Binance continues to navigate a complex regulatory landscape and strives to address the concerns raised by authorities in various countries where it operates.
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