Binance Australia being investigated, regulator searched offices.

Australia ‘s financial regulator has visited Binance offices as part of an ongoing probe into the company’s defunct local derivatives business.

On Tuesday, officials from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) conducted searches at Binance Australia ‘s offices, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The investigation revolves around Binance Australia’s classification of clients as retail or wholesale investors.

Back in April, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange announced the closure of its local derivatives exchange, claiming that it had incorrectly classified some Australian users as wholesale investors.

A spokesperson for ASIC told Bloomberg that they “are unable to confirm or deny any operational detail such as possible searches,” but confirmed that their review of Binance Australia is still ongoing.

Meanwhile, Binance has said it is working with regulators in the country, emphasizing its dedication to meeting regulatory standards.

“We are cooperating with local authorities and Binance is focused on meeting local regulatory standards in order to serve our users in Australia in a fully compliant manner,” a Binance spokesperson told

In May, cryptocurrency exchange Binance Australia told customers they would lose access to Australian dollar deposits and withdrawals due to a decision by its third-party service provider.

While the platform did not disclose the third-party service provider, reports claimed that Westpac, one of the biggest Australian banks, was the platform.

In a separate announcement, Westpac also revealed that it had banned customers from transferring funds to several crypto exchanges.

Moreover, Australia’s Commonwealth Bank (CBA) has applied partial restrictions to bank payments to crypto exchanges, citing “scams and the amount of money lost by customers.”

Binance Under Increasing Regulatory Scrutiny

Binance has come under increasing scrutiny from various global regulators as of late.

Last month, the SEC sued Binance and its CEO for their “blatant disregard of the federal securities laws,” unveiling 13 charges against the platform, including operating an unregistered exchange.

The agency accused Binance of breaking the law by offering unregistered securities to the general public, including its BNB token and BUSD stablecoin.

Other charges levied against Binance by the SEC included the company’s failure to register as a broker as well as its failure to register as an exchange.

Likewise, French authorities conducted a visit to Binance’s office in France last month. They are investigating allegations of illegal provision of digital-asset services and aggravated money laundering.

The exchange was also ordered to cease operations in Nigeria by the country’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

It is worth noting that Binance is not the only crypto company that has attracted the ire of US regulators; the SEC has also sued Coinbase, the largest US-based cryptocurrency exchange.

Moreover, the commission has taken enforcement action against crypto exchanges Kraken and Bittrex, as well as crypto lending platform Nexo so far this year.

We will continue to update Phone&Auto; if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us!


Was this article helpful?

93 out of 132 found this helpful

Discover more


ARK Invest's CEO believes that the SEC may approve several spot Bitcoin ETFs at the same time.

Cathie Wood's optimistic remarks have led to speculation that the SEC could potentially approve multiple Spot Bitcoin...


Ripple CEO criticizes SEC for using XRP reports in lawsuit

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse applauds the SEC for their commitment to transparency in their reports on XRP, and Rippl...


According to OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, an energy breakthrough is essential for future AI development.

During his speech at Davos, Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, emphasized the importance of a fusion energy breakthrough in t...


Metagood Raises $5 Million in Funding to Revolutionize the Bitcoin Art Marketplace

Discover the game-changing vision of Metagood, where technology, art, and community unite to revolutionize the Bitcoi...


Trevor Noah Regrets Not Buying Bitcoin: The Crypto Craze Explained

At Web Summit Qatar 2024, the renowned South African comedian Trevor Noah shared valuable insights on Bitcoin and the...


Bitcoin: From Pizzas to Global Currency Powerhouse 💰💻💪

Bitcoin continues to increase in value, currently valued at approximately $65,000 per coin. If it were considered a t...