Binance to Wind Down Derivatives in Europe; Malaysia Orders Closure
Users in some European countries will be unable to open new derivative positions, effective immediately.
Binance's regulatory woes worsened Friday as Malaysia ordered it to halt operations in the country. Separately, the cryptocurrency exchange said it's planning to wind down futures and derivatives products across Europe, starting with Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
- Malaysia's Securities Commission (SC) issued a public reprimand against the company and ordered it to disable the website and mobile apps in the country.
- According to the commission, Binance is "illegally operating a digital asset exchange." The country's laws demand that all such exchanges must be registered by the SC.
- Binance also needs to halt marketing activities and prevent Malaysian investors accessing its Telegram group.
- In Europe, Binance said users in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands will be unable to open new futures and derivative positions on the platform, effective immediately.
- Existing positions will have to be closed by an as-yet undetermined date.
- The decision is Binance's latest move to distance itself from products and services that have drawn the scrutiny from regulators in a slew of different markets.
- Binance has fallen foul of Malaysia's markets regulator in the past. Along with eToro, it was added to a list of companies not permitted to operate in the country in July last year.
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