Binance to be fined in Germany for its stock token offering

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  • BaFin indicates that the top exchange could be fined for offering share tokens.
  • Binance could be fined an equivalent of 6 million dollars or 3% of its turnover last year.

In Germany, the financial watchdog has warned that Binance may be fined. BaFin indicates that the top exchange considered the largest in the world could be fined for offering share tokens. This may happen because BaFin indicates that Binance is promoting its digital security tracking tokens and has not published a schedule for investors.

Binance is a globally recognized cryptocurrency exchange company. On Monday, the exchange indicated that it will offer stock tokens denominated in the exchange’s same cryptocurrency. This would offer investors exposure to Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), and MicroStrategy Inc (MSTR.O) stocks.

These tokens joined the tokens representing Coinbase Global Inc (COIN.O) and Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), which are already being traded.

BaFin questions information about stock tokens


Financial regulator BaFin has indicated there appears to be no prospectus on the website for the Tesla, Coinbase, and MicroStrategy stock token issues. This procedure would mean a violation of the European Union Securities Law, which would affect Binance as the exchange is the issuer.

Binance, as the issuing entity, could be fined 5 million euros, which would be an equivalent of 6 million dollars or a fine of 3% of its turnover last year. BaFin has found reason enough to claim that Binance Germany is selling the stock tokens in Germany without adequate announcements and information on the program for investors.

This regulatory body has also indicated that investments in securities must be made based on a program with adequate information. They also claim to not be certain if the prospects or ads would be available for the other tokens traded by the exchange.

It is a widely known fact that the exchange is usually responsible, and they are always pending to fulfill their obligations. They take their work seriously and are committed to complying with the laws and rules of local regulators in the countries where they operate. A Binance spokesperson has indicated that the company works with regulators to address any issues or questions.

UK Regulator’s opinion on Binance stock tokens

Binance is a recognized cryptocurrency exchange platform that operates in various markets, including the UK. It is a platform where over 100 digital currencies can be traded and with the largest number of commercial operations globally.

The UK financial regulator also issued statements on Binance stock tokens. A spokesperson for this body has said that the company has several regulated and unregulated services and products in many jurisdictions.

The spokesperson for the UK financial watchdog also stated that they work with the company to understand their product, learn about the regulations that may apply and how the tokens are marketed.

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