SEC Wants to Start Scrutinizing Binance Chain Transactions

Company executives anticipated regulators might one day take an interest in Binance Chain

Jul 30, 2020 at 2:37 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 9:38 a.m. UTC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) appears to be gearing up for a closer look at Binance coin (BNB) and other tokens on cryptocurrency exchange giant Binance’s eponymous blockchain.

  • SEC disclosed in a Wednesday memo that it intends to award Menlo Park, Calif.-based CipherTrace a single-source contract on the grounds it's the only blockchain analysis firm capable of tracing Binance Chain transactions.
  • "CipherTrace products are the only known blockchain forensics and risk intelligence tool that can support BNB and all tokens on the Binance network," the securities watchdog said in the contract description.
  • In November 2019, CipherTrace partnered with Binance to bring anti-money laundering tracing tools to Binance Chain, which hosts the exchange's nearly $3 billion market cap cryptocurrency BNB as well as 189 other tokens.
  • Company executives telegraphed in a press release that November the possibility of regulators one day putting eyes on Binance Chain. CipherTrace CEO Dave Jevans said regulators "demand better transparency," while Binance Chief Compliance Officer Samuel Lim said the partnership put Binance in line "with global regulatory standards."
  • CipherTrace, Binance and the SEC did not immediately respond to CoinDesk requests for comment.

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