Binance Secures Major Win With Dubai Crypto License After Changpeng Zhao Surrenders Voting Power – Benzinga

In the wake of co-founder Changpeng Zhao’s departure, Binance, the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange, has secured a pivotal regulatory license in Dubai.

What Happened: Binance was awarded its Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) license after Zhao gave up his voting power in Binance FZE, the local entity, CoinTelegraph reported. This action was the final requirement set by the Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) for the license approval.


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Zhao, who admitted to a felony count for failing to maintain sufficient AML protocols, stepped down as part of the plea agreement. His sentencing is set for April 30, with a possible prison term of up to 18 months.

VARA officials were cautious not to meddle with Binance’s recent U.S. settlement, leading to the requirement for Zhao to relinquish his voting rights in Binance FZE. However, Zhao continues to be the ultimate beneficial owner of Binance FZE’s parent company based in Abu Dhabi.

Binance Dubai’s general manager, Alex Chehade states that securing a full license in the United Arab Emirates is a key focus for Binance’s future operations.

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Why It Matters: The license is a significant achievement for Binance, which has been under intense regulatory scrutiny, especially after the FTX collapse. In November 2023, Binance agreed to a $4.3 billion settlement with U.S. authorities over charges related to inadequate Anti-Money Laundering protocols.

Despite facing legal challenges and a hefty fine, Zhao has remained a dominant figure in the crypto world, retaining his position as the richest person in crypto and one of the top 50 wealthiest people globally. His leadership has been instrumental in Binance’s success since its establishment in 2017.

Binance is actively working to improve its reputation and embrace regulatory compliance. CEO Richard Teng stated at the Paris Blockchain Week that the company has “moved past” its old ways as it matures.

What’s Next: The influence of Bitcoin as an institutional asset class is expected to be thoroughly explored at Benzinga’s upcoming Future of Digital Assets event on Nov. 19.

Read Next: Despite $4.3 Billion In Fines, Changpeng Zhao Stays On Forbes’s Richest Crypto Billionaire List, Amassing More Than $33 Billion From Binance

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