Binance now faces intense legal scrutiny due to its initial reliance on U.S. consumers, even though it is not a registered U.S. firm. The American market accounted for a sizable amount of Binance’s early revenue and trading activity, according to sources, establishing the company as a major player in the worldwide cryptocurrency trading industry.
Recently released official government records reveal a number of noncompliance incidents and Binance’s purposeful deception. Protecting its most valued, but restricted, American clients was the goal. Changpeng Zhao (CZ), the creator of Binance, is said to have taken steps to reduce exposure to the United States, including IP filtering and supporting know-your-customer (KYC) procedures. These steps, however, were combined with tactics to covertly maintain valuable American clients through an API, giving them access to the primary exchange even after they left.
It is said that CZ and other high-ranking Binance officials pushed American clients to conceal their ties to the country. Staff members were told to gently assist these clients in avoiding compliance measures, and these orders were conveyed through recorded calls. U.S. users made up over 16% of the primary exchange’s user base by September 2020, demonstrating their vital significance in Binance’s operations. The next month, Binance subtly changed the label on its internal statistics, adding “UNKWN” to the “United States” userbase category, further obscuring the company’s level of U.S. engagement.
The crypto industry is closely monitoring the court processes as they take place. The intricate relationship that exists between international cryptocurrency exchanges and national regulatory regimes is shown by Binance’s previous reliance on American consumers and its subsequent compliance issues. The current state of bitcoin trading emphasizes the necessity of transparent and legal operations. The decision in this case may establish a precedent for how foreign cryptocurrency exchanges interact with American markets and follow legal requirements.