Challenges mount for Binance in UK return efforts


  • Binance faces significant challenges in re-entering the UK market due to strict local regulations requiring an FCA-authorized approver for financial promotions.
  • The exchange has been rejected by at least three firms with regulatory permission and lost its UK partner, Rebuildingsociety.com, after FCA restrictions.
  • Binance voluntarily withdrew its FCA registration in May 2023, leaving it without authorization to operate in the UK.

As Binance, a titan in the global crypto exchange arena, gears up for a grand re-entry into the UK market, it’s hitting more roadblocks than a rush-hour traffic jam. Despite its global clout, Binance is finding the UK landscape a tough nut to crack. With stringent local regulations mandating an authorized approver for financial promotions, Binance is in a bit of a pickle.

Binance and Regulatory Hurdles in the UK

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), UK’s financial watchdog, plays no games when it comes to compliance. It insists that any financial promotions must pass through an FCA-authorized approver. This rule has become a significant obstacle for Binance, as it’s been shown the cold shoulder by at least three firms with this golden ticket of regulatory permission, according to sources. The twist in the tale came when Binance’s UK partner, Rebuildingsociety.com (REBS), got a red flag from the FCA, halting Binance’s operations and leaving it partner-less and paused in the UK.

While Binance brushes off these challenges, claiming productive ongoing discussions with potential partners, the road ahead seems bumpy. The FCA’s raised eyebrows about businesses partnering with Binance have cast a long shadow over the exchange’s UK ambitions. Binance’s ordeal in the UK began to intensify when it voluntarily withdrew its FCA registration through its subsidiary, Binance Markets Limited, in May 2023. This retreat followed a decision to abandon regulatory permissions for certain activities in the UK – a market where Binance, as of now, has no FCA-sanctioned presence.

Legal Troubles and Controversies

The plot thickens with Binance’s legal tribulations elsewhere. In June 2023, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a lawsuit against Binance and its former CEO, Changpeng Zhao. The allegations? Offering unregistered securities and engaging in wash trading, among others. Zhao, having pleaded guilty to violating U.S. Anti-Money Laundering requirements, agreed to relinquish his CEO position in a multi-billion dollar settlement. His sentencing, looming in late February, adds another layer of complexity to Binance’s global narrative.

Adding fuel to the fire, Binance faces a lawsuit from families of Hamas’ victims in Israel, accusing it of facilitating transactions linked to the terrorist group and others in the region. The complaint, filed in a U.S. District Court, alleges Binance’s role in processing transactions for Hamas, designated as a terror group by the U.S., U.K., and others, between 2017 and 2023. Reports indicate that more than 100 Binance accounts suspected of links to Hamas were frozen at the request of Israeli law enforcement following attacks that resulted in over 1,000 deaths and numerous hostages.

In the backdrop of these legal entanglements, Binance’s efforts to re-establish itself in the UK market are akin to navigating a minefield. The challenge is not just about finding a compliant partner but also about restoring trust in a market that’s increasingly wary of the legal shadows trailing the crypto behemoth. Binance’s struggle in the UK is emblematic of the broader challenges facing the crypto industry – balancing innovation and growth with regulatory compliance and ethical operations.

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Jai Hamid

Jai Hamid is a passionate writer with a keen interest in blockchain technology, the global economy, and literature. She dedicates most of her time to exploring the transformative potential of crypto and the dynamics of worldwide economic trends.

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