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Binance’s Australian Office Searched by Regulators Amid Ongoing Probe

Binance had its office in Australia searched by local regulators as part of an ongoing investigation. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) initiated the search as they reviewed Binance’s derivatives operations with a focus on client classification. Bloomberg reported on this matter, citing sources familiar with the situation.

A spokesperson from Binance Australia emphasized their cooperation with local authorities and their commitment to meeting regulatory standards to ensure full compliance while serving their users in Australia. This move by the Australian regulatory authority comes after Binance announced in April that its derivatives license had been revoked in the country, leading them to wind down related operations.

The ASIC had previously mentioned that it was conducting a targeted review of Binance’s financial services business in Australia, specifically looking into the classification of retail and wholesale clients. This ongoing scrutiny by regulators around the world has put Binance under increased pressure. Last month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accused the exchange and its founder, Changpeng Zhao, of violating securities rules.

Binance has been a prominent player in the cryptocurrency industry, offering a wide range of services and attracting a large user base. However, the heightened regulatory attention it has faced in various jurisdictions highlights the evolving landscape for digital asset exchanges. As governments and financial regulators seek to ensure investor protection and prevent illicit activities, exchanges like Binance are finding themselves subject to increased scrutiny and regulatory action.

The outcome of the ongoing investigations into Binance’s operations in Australia and other jurisdictions remains to be seen. Nevertheless, it is clear that the cryptocurrency exchange will need to navigate a complex regulatory environment to regain compliance and rebuild trust among regulators and users alike.

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