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Binance Users Rush to Withdraw $1.6 Billion After CFTC Lawsuit

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In Brief

  • Investors withdrew $1.6 billion from Binance after CFTC lawsuit.
  • The CFTC alleges Binance and Changpeng Zhao violated derivatives and trading rules.
  • Binance has a balance of over $64 billion.
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According to data from Nansen, Binance, the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, saw withdrawals of $1.6 billion after it was sued by regulators.

Reuters reported that investors withdrew $1.6 billion from Binance since Monday due to legal actions from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CTFC). According to the on-chain data provider Messari, investors withdrew over $134.8 million from Binance in the past 24 hours. 

Binance Users Switching to Competitors?

While Binance had negative net flows in the past 24 hours, some of its competitors witnessed positive ones. Bitstamp had a deposit of $12.48 million, while $11 million were deposited in the Gemini exchange.

Notably, after the FTX collapse, Binance facilitated withdrawals of over $12 billion worth of assets in under two months. The single-day withdrawal went as high as $3 billion in mid-December.

Binance has a negative net flows in past 24 hours, data from Messari
Source: Messari

However, the exchange still has a balance of over $64 billion. USDT, Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and BNB make up over 75% of Binance’s total reserves.

Binance has a total deposit of over $64 billion, source Nansen
Source: Nansen

Both Binance and CZ Face Legal Action

On Monday, the exchange and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Changpeng “CZ” Zhao were sued by the CFTC for violating derivatives and trading rules. The authority also alleges that Binance violated anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) rules.

Zhao called the lawsuit an “unexpected and disappointing civil complaint.” He says, “The complaint appears to contain an incomplete recitation of facts, and we do not agree with the characterization of many of the issues alleged in the complaint.”

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Harsh Notariya
Harsh started investing in crypto during the 2021 bull market. He took the opportunity of the market crash in May to learn more about Bitcoin and blockchain technology. Since...