The U.S. securities watchdog has launched a probe into crypto exchange Binance’s relationship with two trading firms with ties to founder Changpeng Zhao, the Wall Street Journal reported.
- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is examining whether Binance’s U.S. arm properly discloses to users its links to two trading firms — Sigma Chain AG and Merit Peak Ltd. — which serve as market makers that trade on Binance US.
- The WSJ cited former Binance executives in reporting Zhao controlled the two entities as of late last year.
- Binance is currently dealing with regulatory hurdles in numerous regions without operating from a physical global headquarters.
- The SEC’s probe on Binance is the latest in its high profile investigations into the crypto industry, which includes crypto interest provider BlockFi’s US$100 million settlement.