U.S. Court Finalizes Binance’s $2.7 Billion Settlement with CFTC

In a significant legal development, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has officially greenlit the settlement agreement between cryptocurrency exchange giant Binance and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

According to decrypt the settlement, stemming from allegations of violating the Commodity Exchange Act and other regulatory norms, mandates Binance to pay a staggering $1.35 billion as a fine to the CFTC. Additionally, the exchange is required to relinquish an equal amount of $1.35 billion in “ill-gotten transaction fees.” Changpeng Zhao, the former CEO of Binance, faces a personal penalty of $150 million as part of this resolution.

According to the CFTC’s press release, Binance was found to have proactively solicited U.S. customers while concealing their presence on the platform, enabling them to bypass compliance measures. The investigation highlighted that at least two prime brokers were able to establish “sub-accounts” outside of Binance’s regular Know Your Customer (KYC) protocols, a significant violation flagged by the regulatory body.

This settlement signifies a pivotal moment in the ongoing regulatory scrutiny faced by major players in the crypto sphere, reflecting a concerted effort by authorities to ensure adherence to established financial regulations within the rapidly evolving digital asset landscape.

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