Binance to be pursued by FTX for 2.1 billion
Binance, a cryptocurrency exchange, has recently come under increased regulatory scrutiny of its global operations, and its financial situation is precarious.
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According to The Information, the board of Binance.US once voted on liquidating the company but was unable to reach a unanimous decision.
Zhao Changpeng, the founder of Binance, had considered closing Binance.US's American operations to protect the entire company, but was prevented by Binance.US CEO Brian Shroder.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a lawsuit against Binance, Binance.US, and Zhao Changpeng, accusing these companies of operating an unregistered securities exchange.
In March of this year, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) also sued Binance and Zhao Changpeng, accusing the company of providing unregistered cryptocurrency derivatives in the US.
FTX, another cryptocurrency exchange, recently attempted to recover the $2.1 billion it paid to Binance in a July 2021 acquisition deal.
Officials reportedly held at least four meetings in June to discuss how to recover the funds, which were originally paid in a combination of FTT and BUSD tokens.
The outcome of this matter is still undetermined, but for Binance, such a refund could further impact its financial situation, as the company is already facing regulatory investigations and lawsuits, as well as potential fund outflows.
In addition, Zhao Changpeng had also considered closing Binance's American business to protect the entire company.
Zhao Changpeng, the chairman of the board of Binance.US and founder of Binance, has consistently denied any connection to China, but Binance's business in China has still raised concerns. The recent news of Binance's layoff of approximately 1,000 employees has heightened concerns about the company's instability.
Zhao Changpeng has stated that critics have used his place of birth and ethnicity to spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the exchange. However, Binance has been accused of issues such as an unregistered securities exchange and providing unregistered cryptocurrency derivatives, which have put the company's business in crisis and could lead to market instability and a loss of investor confidence.
In the face of market instability and increased regulatory scrutiny, cryptocurrency exchanges should pay more attention to their compliance and operational risks, protect investor rights, and promote the healthy development of the market.