Binance Sues the SEC: Accusations of Misleading Statements and Image Damage
Binance Accuses SEC of Image Damage
The legal team representing Binance, Binance.US, and the company’s CEO has filed a lawsuit against the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), alleging that the SEC shared misleading statements that have damaged Binance’s reputation. The claims are based on a June 17 press release and statements made by SEC Director of Enforcement, Gurbir Grewal. Grewal stated that Binance and its CEO could potentially deceive customers with their assets, drawing a parallel with the actions of Sam Bankman-Fried at FTX.
Binance argues that there is no evidence to support these claims and demands that the SEC adhere to ethical and professional conduct standards. Furthermore, Binance suggests that the SEC’s press release was intentionally designed to create confusion and tarnish the exchange’s image. In response, Binance’s legal team issued the following statement:
“The SEC press release is misleading, contains statements known to the SEC to be unsupported by evidence, and violates the rules of professional conduct.”
Binance in Heavy Weather
Following the SEC’s lawsuit, Binance experienced a significant drop in trading volume. Recent data reveals that Binance.US now only accounts for 4.29% of the monthly trading volume. Additionally, starting from July 17, Dutch users are no longer able to deposit funds on the Binance platform. This decision came after Binance failed to obtain a Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) license, required to comply with Dutch anti-money laundering regulations.
Furthermore, Binance has discontinued its operations in Cyprus. These recent actions can be attributed to growing pressure from global regulators to enforce stricter financial regulations. Binance is facing challenges in its efforts to comply with these regulations while trying to maintain its position as a leading cryptocurrency exchange.
The ongoing legal battle between Binance and the SEC highlights the challenges faced by cryptocurrency exchanges in the face of increasing regulatory scrutiny. Binance’s decision to sue the SEC demonstrates their determination to protect their reputation and ensure fair treatment. As the cryptocurrency industry continues to evolve, it is crucial for regulators and exchanges to find common ground and establish clear guidelines that protect investors while fostering innovation.
- SEC Press Release – June 17, 2022: https://www.crypto-insiders.nl/nieuws/wallets-en-exchanges/binance-in-tegenaanval-amerikaanse-overheid-beschuldigd-van-misleiding/
- Dutch Anti-Money Laundering Guidelines: https://www.crypto-insiders.nl/nieuws/wallets-en-exchanges/binance-in-tegenaanval-amerikaanse-overheid-beschuldigd-van-misleiding/