CFTC Examining Possible Insider Trading at Binance: Bloomberg

Divya  |  Sep 18, 2021

The U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has expanded the scope of its investigations into Binance to include possible insider trading at the exchange.

CFTC Expands Investigation into Binance over Insider Trading

Binance, which was already being probed for selling Bitcoin-related derivates in the U.S., is now facing an inquiry over insider trading, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The report states that the CFTC has been reaching out to witnesses in recent weeks for more information on the matter. 

As the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance sees transactions worth billions every day. That also provides the company with privileged information about transactions, which is being questioned by the regulators. 

For its part, the company stated that it has a “zero-tolerance” policy and a “strict ethical code” to prevent misconduct that could harm its customers. 

"At Binance, we have a zero-tolerance policy for insider trading and a strict ethical code related to any type of behavior that could have a negative impact on our customers or industry," a Binance spokesperson said.

Binance’s regulatory woes in the U.S. extend beyond the CFTC investigation. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are also scanning the exchange for any links to money laundering and tax evasion in the country.

Binance’s Continued Regulatory Headache

Regulatory compliance has been an ongoing issue at Binance. The company’s founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao, also known as CZ, believes that there has been a “hyper-focus on regulation when it comes to Binance.”

So far, the company has received official warnings in the UK, Japan, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Thailand. 

To counter scrutiny, the company has hired several former regulators and introduced mandatory know-your-customer (KYC) requirements for all its users. Just last month, Binance announced that it has hired Greg Monahan, former U.S. Treasury Criminal Investigator, as its Global Money Laundering Reporting Officer (GMLRO).

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