Binance License Denied? Abandon Netherlands as Regulatory Hurdles is Too High
Binance decides to leave the Netherlands amidst regulatory pressure, Dutch citizens will be able to withdraw funds until July 17.
- The Netherlands will no longer be home to Binance, the biggest cryptocurrency exchange globally.
- Binance was unable to convince the country’s regulator to grant them a virtual asset service provider (VASP) license.
- From July 17, 2023, residents of the Netherlands will not be able to withdraw their funds from the platform.
Binance, a virtual asset service provider, has been in the process of registering comprehensively with the Dutch regulator. Unfortunately, the company has failed to meet the necessary requirements to obtain a license. As a consequence, Binance has made the decision to exit the Dutch market. Effective immediately, no new users who reside in the Netherlands will be accepted.
For existing Dutch resident users, the clock is ticking as they will only be permitted to withdraw their assets from the Binance platform starting July 17, 2023. Regrettably, no further purchases, trades, or deposits will be available. This marks a significant shift for Binance, and it’s unclear whether they will make any further efforts to meet the requirements.
“We regret to announce that Binance is leaving the Dutch market”, as per the statement given by Binance in its website. “We encourage those users to take appropriate action by withdrawing assets from their accounts” .
We regret to announce that Binance is leaving the Dutch market as we have been unable to register as a VASP with the Dutch regulator.
We continue to be committed to working collaboratively with regulators around the world and are additionally focused on getting our business…
— Binance (@binance) June 16, 2023
Reasons for the Departure
Europe has been welcoming to cryptocurrency exchanges and their efforts to combat money laundering, and Binance is no exception. The exchange has already achieved AML compliance in several European countries, including France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Sweden, and Lithuania. In fact, Binance recently announced its decision to depart from Cyprus and instead focus on becoming fully compliant with the new European Union regulations concerning crypto-assets (MiCA).
Binance has been diligently working through a comprehensive registration process as a virtual asset service provider with the regulator. However, despite exploring numerous other options to comply with Dutch regulations and serve Dutch residents, Binance has not yet been able to secure a VASP registration in the Netherlands.
At present, the company is in discussions with Dutch regulators to determine the best way forward. Stay tuned for updates on this ongoing situation.
Binance Under Attack from all Sides
The company Binance has hit another obstacle as a key executive has left amidst a series of challenges the company has been facing. Binance has already had to limit its services in several countries such as Nigeria, Canada, Cyprus and Australia. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued Binance over mishandling customer funds and other allegations.
The SEC lawsuit also claims that Binance intentionally misled regulators by having an unclear corporate structure. In light of these events, Binance’s American business had to lay off employees in their compliance and legal departments. However, Chief Strategy Officer Patrick Hillman has clarified that Binance grew their compliance department after discovering compliance gaps in their early years.
Prior to this departure, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has denied rumors of a mass layoff at the company. Despite media reports suggesting that 20% of the workforce would be let go due to poor market conditions, he stood by the company’s bottom-out policy. Binance’s struggles continue as they navigate these challenges and try to maintain their position in the market.
The departure of Binance from the Netherlands spells trouble for the country’s budding cryptocurrency sector. It’s a telling reminder that the regulatory clampdown exerted by Dutch authorities is starting to make a dent. This move could be just the beginning of a domino effect as other firms may follow suit in their inability to comply with regulatory demands. The virtual currency industry is still in a nascent stage, and there are numerous hurdles to surmount before it can achieve mainstream adoption. The state of the industry remains shrouded in uncertainty, making it a fascinating field to track.