Germany Rejects Binance’s Bid for Cryptocurrency Custody License

The German financial regulator, BaFin, has rejected Binance’s application for a cryptocurrency custody license. This is the latest setback for the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, which has been facing regulatory scrutiny in several countries.

BaFin cited concerns about Binance’s compliance with anti-money laundering (AML) and know-your-customer (KYC) regulations. The regulator also said that Binance had not provided enough information about its risk management practices.

Binance has said that it is “disappointed” by BaFin’s decision, but that it will continue to work with regulators to comply with their requirements. The exchange said that it is “committed to providing a safe and secure platform for our users in Germany.”

The rejection of Binance’s application is a blow to the company’s efforts to expand its operations in Europe. Germany is a major market for cryptocurrency trading, and the lack of a custody license will make it more difficult for Binance to offer its services to German customers.

The rejection of Binance’s application is also a sign of the growing regulatory scrutiny of cryptocurrency exchanges. In recent months, several countries have issued warnings to Binance about its compliance with AML and KYC regulations.

It remains to be seen whether Binance will be able to overcome the regulatory challenges it faces and expand its operations in Europe. However, the rejection of its application for a custody license is a setback for the company and will make it more difficult for it to operate in the region.

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