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Binance Offloads Dutch Users to Rival as It Leaves the Netherlands

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Updated by Michael Washburn
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In Brief

  • Coinmerce is offering free asset transfers for Dutch Binance users after Binance failed to secure regulatory approval.
  • Licensed by the Dutch central bank, Coinmerce assures a smooth transition for Binance users before July 17.
  • The move is beneficial as Europe's Markets-in-Crypto-Assets bill, allowing exchanges to passport licenses, comes into force next year.
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Binance offers Dutch users the option to move client assets to a competitor after failing to secure a local license amid a broader regulatory clampdown.

Clients of Binance can move assets to Coinmerce, an exchange that secured a license from the Dutch central bank in 2020.

Binance Offers Dutch Users Seamless Transition to Licensed Exchange

Binance will cease Dutch operations on July 17.

Coinmerce CEO Nick Smits van Oyen let Binance users know that the changeover should be easy.

“The transition will be smooth and is, in consultation with Binance we have made the transition for users as easy as possible. The user will receive an email from Binance and from there the simple step-by-step process will start.” 

The move will likely bode well for users when Europe’s Markets-in-Crypto-Assets bill comes into force next year. The bill delegates licensing to local market regulators and allows exchanges to passport them across to other European Union member states.

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In the meantime, Coinmerce says it “complies with all European laws and regulations.”

Earlier this month, Binance confirmed it failed to meet Dutch licensing requirements but was looking at other options. 

CZ Hints at Short-Term Effects of Regulatory Clampdowns

Recent regulatory clampdowns in Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United States have negatively affected Binance’s spot and derivatives volumes.

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao confirmed yesterday in a Twitter Spaces AMA that outside pressures are hurting their business. Its share of spot volume fell 41.6% in May, while its share of the derivatives pie dropped 10% to 56%.

Binance loses out to Netherlands exchange Coinmerce while clampdown pressures volume.
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Yesterday, Australia’s financial markets regulator searched the exchange’s local offices as part of a derivatives probe. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission started investigating how the exchange identified wholesale investors earlier this year. 

Under Australian law, only wholesale investors can trade derivatives like futures and options. After the agency commenced its investigation, Binance asked ASIC to cancel its derivatives license.

Additionally, the exchange has suffered regional banking clampdowns. Banks have limited Binance users’ access to payment gateways, while Westpac recently introduced stricter due diligence when considering whether to onboard crypto clients.

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David Thomas
David Thomas graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, with an Honors degree in electronic engineering. He worked as an engineer for eight years, developing software for industrial processes at South African automation specialist Autotronix (Pty) Ltd., mining control systems for AngloGold Ashanti, and consumer products at Inhep Digital Security, a domestic security company wholly owned by Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy. He has experience writing software in C,...