The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hit hard this week, accusing Binance and its CEO, Changpeng Zhao, also known as CZ, of dipping into customer assets to fuel funds worth $12 billion.
The SEC’s revelations highlight significant transfers of funds to a company called Merit Peak, owned by CZ. The SEC claims that this trading company received these funds from users of the Binance platform, via a holding company called Key Vision Development Limited.
Not only CZ is under suspicion, but Guangying ‘Helina’ Chen, another Binance executive, is also allegedly involved in these transactions.
The SEC is seeking to freeze the assets of Binance US, as part of its efforts to preserve customer assets and prevent any dissipation or fraudulent transfer outside the court’s jurisdiction.
However, Binance disputes these accusations, claiming they are unfounded and unjustified. The company’s lawyers have even attacked SEC Chairman Gary Gensler, revealing that he has in the past offered to act as Binance’s informal advisor. They are therefore seeking Gensler’s recusal from the case.
The legal confrontation between the SEC and Binance promises to be intense, and could have major repercussions for the future of the cryptocurrency exchange platform.
We look forward to seeing how this case unfolds and whether it will lead to significant changes in the crypto-industry.