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Former Binance Exec Makes Return Six Months After Departure

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Updated by Kyle Baird
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In Brief

  • Steve Christie returns as Binance's Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, after departing the exchange in July 2023.
  • Recent court rulings impose a $150 million penalty on Changpeng Zhao, underscoring Binance's legal complexities.
  • Binance faced a $4.3 billion settlement with US regulators, amid scrutiny of crypto exchanges within the nation.
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Steve Christie, previously the Senior Vice President of Compliance at Binance, has rejoined the cryptocurrency exchange in the capacity of Deputy Chief Compliance Officer (DCCO).

Meanwhile, this move comes in the wake of the regulatory challenges Binance has recently faced. This includes a substantial settlement of $4.3 billion with United States regulators over alleged finance and money laundering crimes.

Steve Christie Returns to Binance

Christie expressed satisfaction with how Binance addressed the regulatory challenges from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

“I am impressed by what Binance has accomplished on the compliance front since I stepped away momentarily.”

According to the statement, Christie and Binance’s Chief Compliance Officer, Noah Perlman, will collaborate to further strengthen its global compliance program.

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However, Christie and Perlman will also bolster new opportunities for Binance to maintain a leadership role as the industry evolves.

Statista’s recent data highlights Binance as the frontrunner in 24-hour trading volume among global cryptocurrency exchanges. As of January 9, Binance recorded a trading volume of $18.22 billion.

Largest cryptocurrency exchanges based on 24h trade volume in the world on January 9, 2024. Source: Statista
Largest cryptocurrency exchanges based on 24-hour trade volume in the world on January 9, 2024. Source: Statista

Binance’s Regulatory Troubles

In December 2023, BeInCrypto reported the court declared that Changpeng “CZ” Zhao and Binance allegedly violated the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations.

This resulted in a $150 million civil monetary penalty against Zhao personally. 

In November 2023, Binance and CZ agreed to settle with the US Department of Justice for a $4.3 billion penalty.

The deal included a $3.4 billion penalty from the US Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. Additionally, another $968 million from the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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However, its lawsuit against the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is still ongoing.

The SEC initiated legal action against Binance in June 2023, accusing Binance Holdings Ltd., its US subsidiary BAM Trading Services Inc., and the company’s founder, Changpeng Zhao, of multiple violations.

On January 19, Binance requested that the SEC lawsuit be dismissed.

More recently, CZ was denied his travel request back to the United Arab Emirates. He must stay in the US until his sentencing date later this month.

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Ciaran Lyons
Ciaran is a cryptocurrency journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He particularly enjoys writing about CBDC developments and the practical implementations of cryptocurrency in real-world scenarios. He has also appeared across major television networks in Australia including Channel Ten, Channel Nine and SBS TV. Prior to his foray into cryptocurrency, Ciaran worked as a presenter on national radio station Triple J.
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