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Crypto.com Rubs Salt in Binance Wounds With Dutch Approval

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Updated by Michael Washburn
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In Brief

  • Dutch central bank approves Crypto.com's application, enabling it to offer crypto services to citizens.
  • With the Dutch license, Crypto.com can expand its business to all 27 EU member states when MiCA starts in 2024.
  • Despite approval, Crypto.com will face competition from 36 crypto companies, including Coinbase Europe and OKCoin.
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The Dutch central bank approved Crypto.com’s license to provide citizens with crypto services soon after competitor Binance fell afoul of local compliance requirements.

De Nederlandsche Bank approved the exchange after conducting a review of its compliance with Dutch anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing laws.

Crypto.com Enters Crowded Market With New Dutch License

The approval is a significant milestone for the company, as Europe’s Markets-in-Crypto-Assets bill, set to go into effect in 2024, allows service providers in one region to operate across the entire European Union.

With its Dutch license, Crypto.com can secure business in all 27 member states in the European Union when MiCA starts operating in late 2024.

Get a full list of all European crypto exchanges here.

However, the exchange will compete with 36 crypto companies already holding licenses from the central bank. These include Coinbase Europe, OKCoin, eToro, and BitStamp.

Crypto.com gets Dutch license for adequate measures to combat money laundering, but faces stiff competition from established regional rivals.
Global Trading Volume Share Per Exchange | Source: Statista

Statista said Coinbase accounted for 3% of global trading volume as of Jan. 10, 2023.

In comparison, Crypto.com processed only 0.6% of global trading volumes in January. This proportion is a 2.7% decline from the 3.3% share it enjoyed in December 2021.

Largest Exchange Fails Dutch Review

After failing the Dutch regulator’s review, Binance, the largest exchange by trading volume, has no presence in the Dutch market.

It offloaded its clients to local rival Coinmerce after repeated attempts at securing regulatory approval failed. Coinmerce has been operating as a licensed crypto business in the Netherlands since November 2020.

Yesterday, reports surfaced that Binance withdrew a license application with Germany’s finance watchdog, BaFin. 

However, a license from French authority Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), as well as approval from regulators in Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Italy, have secured its EU presence ahead of MiCA. But it may soon face operational challenges after a payment partner recently scrapped a deal to process euro deposits and withdrawals.

In the meantime, authorities in France are investigating charges of aggravated money laundering at the exchange. As of late June, Binance still listed privacy coins in conflict with MiCA’s anti-money laundering rules.

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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,...
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