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Binance loses another key executive amid regulatory hurdles

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  • Binance has seen another executive depart the company as it continues to fight regulatory challenges.
  • DOJ mounts regulatory pressure on the crypto exchange.

The trend of executive departures from Binance continues, reflecting ongoing uncertainty surrounding the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume. Recent months have seen a notable exodus of executives, with the latest departure being Marcus Bacchi-Howard, a former institutional client account manager at the firm, according to an informed source. As of November 2023, Bacchi-Howard’s LinkedIn profile indicates his departure from the exchange.

Binance’s executive exodus continues

Before joining the cryptocurrency exchange in May 2022, Marcus Bacchi-Howard accumulated a decade of experience at Morgan Stanley and worked as a derivatives trader. Bacchi-Howard joins a growing list of executives who have left the exchange in recent months, including chief strategy officer Patrick Hillmann, global product lead Mayur Kamat, senior director of investigations Matthew Price, and senior vice president for compliance Steven Christie. In addition to these departures, Binance’s US entity faced leadership changes.

The US Branch lost its CEO, Brian Shroder, in September, along with its chief risk officer and head of legal. Changpeng Zhao, co-founder and CEO of Binance, attributed Shroder’s departure to a “deserved break.” However, Binance has encountered increased scrutiny since two US regulatory bodies initiated investigations into the exchange. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed lawsuits against Binance earlier in the year.

DOJ mounts regulatory pressure on the crypto exchange

Simultaneously, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) reportedly conducted a year-long investigation into the exchange. On Monday, Bloomberg reported that the DOJ is seeking over $4 billion from the exchange to resolve the criminal case against the exchange. While Binance co-founder Changpeng Zhao may still face charges in the US, insiders close to the matter informed Bloomberg that these potential charges relate to the investigation into money laundering, wire fraud, and sanctions violations.

The wave of executive exits from Binance raises questions about the internal dynamics of the exchange and its ability to navigate regulatory challenges. The departure of key figures, including high-ranking executives and the CEO of the exchange’s US arm, underscores the impact of regulatory pressures on the cryptocurrency giant. As Binance grapples with legal challenges on multiple fronts, the cryptocurrency industry as a whole continues to face increased scrutiny from regulators globally.

The outcome of these investigations and the resolution of legal proceedings against Binance could significantly influence the future landscape of cryptocurrency exchanges and the regulatory environment governing their operations. Investors and industry observers are keenly watching these developments as they unfold, recognizing the potential implications for Binance and the broader cryptocurrency market. The executive departures coupled with the ongoing legal battles highlight the complex intersection of regulatory compliance and the evolving landscape of the crypto industry.

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Owotunse Adebayo

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