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Binance.US Gears Up for Prolonged SEC Showdown

Highlights:

  • Binance.US is ready for a prolonged legal battle with the SEC, stressing its compliance efforts.
  • The company criticizes the SEC’s “regulation by enforcement” approach and claims politically motivated actions.
  • Despite setbacks, Binance.US remains confident in its legal standing and commitment to U.S. regulations.

Binance.US, the American branch of the global cryptocurrency exchange Binance, is preparing for a lengthy legal conflict with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Following a recent court ruling allowing the SEC’s case to proceed, Binance.US has emphasized its readiness for an extended period of legal discovery.

In a statement released on the social media platform X, Binance.US highlighted its commitment to compliance and criticized the SEC’s enforcement tactics. The company said, “We look forward to defending ourselves against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and continuing to serve our customers.”

The SEC’s allegations against Binance.US include securities law violations, offering unregistered investment products, and anti-fraud breaches. Despite these charges, Binance.US maintains that it was specifically created to serve U.S. customers while adhering to local regulations. The company asserted, “We maintain 1:1 reserves for all customer assets and have robust compliance and risk programs that ensure our platform’s safety, security, and integrity.”

Criticism of SEC’s Regulatory Approach

Binance.US criticized the SEC’s approach to regulation, describing it as “regulation by enforcement.” The company suggested that the federal agency’s tactics are politically motivated. Binance.US claimed that many firms in the crypto industry have similarly fallen victim to what it perceives as the SEC’s overreach under its current leadership, led by Chair Gary Gensler.

Moreover, Binance.US addressed the challenges posed by the SEC’s actions, stating that the regulator has yet to identify concrete evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the exchange. The firm expressed confidence in its legal position, asserting that the SEC’s case is “unsupported by the facts or the law” following an 11-month discovery process.

Ongoing Legal Battle and Commitment to U.S. Regulations

Despite Binance.US’s confidence, the company was unable to convince a U.S. court to dismiss most of the SEC’s claims in a June 28 court filing. Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that claims related to Binance’s staking program, the sale of BNB after its initial coin offering, and anti-fraud violations will proceed. Additionally, the allegation that Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao acted as a “control person” will continue to be part of the case.

However, the court did dismiss some of the SEC’s claims. Specifically, claims related to BNB secondary market sales and all sales associated with the Binance USD (BUSD) stablecoin were dismissed. This partial dismissal provides a slight reprieve for Binance.US in its ongoing legal struggle.

While the legal battle with the SEC continues, Binance.US assured its customers that it would continue to operate smoothly. Moreover, it promised to introduce new features and updates. The company remains steadfast in its commitment to providing a secure and compliant platform for its users.

The SEC’s lawsuit, filed in June 2023, accuses Binance and its CEO, Changpeng Zhao, of inflating trading volumes and diverting customer funds. Furthermore, it alleges that Binance failed to block U.S. customers from its platform and misled investors about its market controls. The SEC also alleges that Binance facilitated the trading of unregistered securities, further complicating its legal standing.

This ruling follows Binance’s recent agreement to pay $4.3 billion to settle charges. Additionally, the settlement involves the Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission over illegal finance breaches. Regulators have made similar allegations against other major crypto exchanges such as Coinbase, Kraken, Consensys, and MetaMask. Consequently, this signals a broad crackdown on the cryptocurrency industry.

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