FCA's Crackdown Hits Another One After Binance, Which Has 'Not' Seen Institutional Activity Slowdown
Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said that crypto broker CoinBurp is not fully authorized to have its initial token offering and the launch of its BURP token planned for Monday. However, the company can start a business under its temporary registration, the FCA added, as long as it has the controls in place. Last week, the project raised $6 million to build a non-fungible tokens (NFTs) marketplace. Last week, in a press statement, CoinBurp claimed to be a “regulated broker” and said that all the NFTs listed on its market could be sold to investors. Although CoinBurp is listed on the watchdog’s temporary registration register, this status only allows them to trade. The watchdog said the company isn’t yet assessed as “fit and proper” or entitled to claim to be authorized by the FCA as the regular has yet to determine their application for the money laundering regulations. The UK regulator said in its statement,
"The firm does not yet hold full FCA registration under the money laundering, terrorist financing, and transfer of funds (information on the payer) regulations ... but has submitted an application for the FCA for registration.”
For some time now, FCA’s crackdown has been going on with Binance, which has no headquarters, particularly bearing the brunt of it. This has resulted in several big UK banks such as Barclays, Santander, and NatWest banning retail customers from sending money to the exchange. Due to this, several hedge funds, according to the Financial Times, have also curbed trading on Binance as a regulatory crackdown on it continues to grow. However, Binance told FTX that it has “not seen a slowdown in institutional activity. On the contrary, we have seen continued interest in our institutional offering from not only crypto native firms but also traditional financial institutions that have entered the crypto space.” Amidst this, on Monday, Binance reduced the leverage from previously 125x to now 20x. Meanwhile, DeFi is on US regulators' radar, with CFTC Commissioner Dan Berkovitz saying in an interview,
“I’m very concerned there’s none of the reporting, none of the normal pricing and regulatory limits. The bottom line is there’s no free lunch anywhere in the economic system.”
As we saw last week, Uniswap Labs delisted several tokens from the exchange. With no intermediaries in decentralized finance, which has grown to become $110 billion in total value locked (TVL) and $85 billion in total market cap, the question is, “who do we put this on?” said Alabama Securities Commission Director Joseph Borg. While Sen. Elizabeth Warren is urging regulators to rein in DeFi activities, Borg said, SEC and CFTC would have to come together to assess the potential possibilities and potential risks. OCC spokesperson Bryan Hubbard said,
"While DeFi, by definition, is decentralized and does not necessarily rely on the banking system, there are linkages, which are part of our review through the lens of responsible innovation, cognizant of the potential benefits of new technologies while focused on understanding the potential risks and use cases."
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