Actions against Binance continue: now Swiss Blockchain Consortium moves

After the initiatives of the United Kingdom, Canada, Thailand, the Cayman Islands, Japan and the United States, a legal action aims to return the amounts invested. As also reported by the Financial Times, at the end of June the British financial authorities ordered the cryptocurrency exchange platform Binance to stop all regulated activities in Great Britain under the imposition of stringent requirements. The intervention of the Financial Conduct Authority was one of the first signs aimed at keeping the cryptocurrency industry under control, specifically in exchanges such as Binance. Barclays has prevented UK clients from sending funds to Binance and other nations, as well as the UK, have initiated intense regulatory scrutiny on the platform: Canada, Thailand, Cayman Islands, Japan and the United States. Along this line, Lexia Avvocati, in collaboration with the Swiss Blockchain Consortium, has been commissioned by a group of Italian and international investors to launch a legal initiative against Binance aimed at obtaining, among other things, the return of the amounts invested and compensation for damages suffered as a result of the violation of the rules on trading and offering to the public of derivative financial instruments so-called ‘futures’ on cryptocurrencies, as well as anomalies relating to the functioning of the trading platform managed by the operator in question. Francesco Dagnino, Managing Partner of Lexia Milano explained: “The initiative taken by investors towards Binance constitutes an important watershed because it demonstrates that there can be no ‘free zones’, from a legal point of view, when providing regulated services in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector. The offer of innovative services in these areas must always take place in compliance with the law, which are mainly aimed at protecting the interests of investors and the transparency of the markets “.” The provision of investment services in relation to derivative financial instruments ” – added Angelo Messore, Head of the Financial Services practice of the Lexia studio – “can only take place in compliance with the legislation deriving at European level from the MiFID 2 Directive. The actions taken against those who do not operate in compliance with these rules are also to protect fintech and blockchain operators who invest in compliance tools and procedures to comply with applicable regulatory obligations “.

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