After a decide declined to present the US Securities and Alternate Fee (SEC) unfettered entry to Binance.US software program at a listening to on Sept. 18, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) took to X (previously Twitter) to make an announcement about one level of competition with the SEC.
“For the document. Binance US doesn’t use, and have NEVER used Ceffu or Binance Custody. You possibly can’t simply make these items up.” CZ mentioned in a Sept. 19 put up. CZ’s statements didn’t make the document any clearer.
For the document. Binance US doesn’t use, and have NEVER used Ceffu or Binance Custody.
You possibly can’t simply make these items up. ♂️ https://t.co/JIkIVTf8tc
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) September 19, 2023
The position Ceffu performed within the Binance.US ecosystem has been a priority for the SEC as a result of Binance.US has agreed to the SEC’s June 17 consent order, which said:
“For the avoidance of doubt, U.S.-based personnel for BAM Buying and selling and BAM Administration could have full management over Buyer Fiat Belongings and Buyer Crypto Belongings.”
BAM is the Binance.US holding firm. Bloomberg reported in Could, citing a 2022 company submitting, that the corporate that runs Ceffu was owned by CZ, who just isn’t U.S.-based.
Ceffu posted an announcement on its web site on Sept. 15 disputing an SEC declare in a Sept. 14 court docket submitting that linked it to Binance.US. Ceffu said that it supplies providers “in choose jurisdictions, excluding the US, amongst others.”
Nevertheless, a Binance.US doc titled “Binance.US Digital Asset & Custody Operations Coverage” that was marked “Confidential” and submitted to the court docket on Sept. 15, in a piece titled “Programs. Overview,” it said:
“We license pockets custody software program and assist providers from Ceffu (beforehand Binance Holdings Restricted). […] The Ceffu answer makes up a majority of our pockets know-how.”
Binance launched Binance Custody in 2021. Ceffu was later rebranded from Binance Custody. In March, a Binance spokesperson informed Cointelegraph that Ceffu was its “impartial institutional custody companion.”
So @cz_binance making an attempt to say Binance US by no means used “Ceffu” as a result of on the time the settlement was signed, Ceffu was known as “BHL Pockets Resolution” & the entity was Binance Holdings Restricted, which later grew to become Ceffu.
However he additionally forgets, his personal legal professionals additionally admitted the brand new… pic.twitter.com/373LEiNuaD
— Adam Cochran (adamscochran.eth) (@adamscochran) September 19, 2023
In its Sept. 18 court docket submitting, the SEC referred to Ceffu as a “mysterious Binance-related entity” and identified that Binance.US has been inconsistent in its descriptions of its relationship with Ceffu in its dealings with the company. “It’s greater than possible that BAM nonetheless doesn’t perceive what Ceffu is,” the SEC said.