Binance, the largest cryptocurrency exchange globally, announced that it has successfully acquired an Operational Minimum Viable Product license to conduct virtual asset exchange operations in Dubai.

According to the company’s statement, this license empowers Binance FZE, the exchange’s Dubai-based subsidiary, to initially provide services exclusively to institutional and accredited retail investors in the region.

Binance, the world's first exchange to receive the Operational Minimum Viable Product licence in Dubai.

By obtaining this milestone, Binance continues its pursuit after previously seeking a provisional MVP license in March 2022 and later securing a preparatory MVP license in September 2022. As a result, eligible users in Dubai can now access authorized services, “with the assurance of investor protection and market standards meticulously tailored for the virtual asset sector,” the exchange emphasized.

Navigating Global Regulatory Challenges: Binance’s Virtual Asset Exchange Milestone in Dubai

Although Binance celebrates its licensing success in Dubai and various other jurisdictions, it still faces heightened scrutiny from regulators in several global markets. The exchange recently decided to withdraw its license application with the German financial regulator BaFin.

Additionally, local regulators in Australia conducted a search at Binance’s office in July, as part of an ongoing investigation into the activities of the cryptocurrency exchange, according to Bloomberg’s report.

Meanwhile, in the United States, Binance finds itself under the scrutiny of multiple regulatory bodies. The Commodities Futures Trading Commission was the first to take legal action against the exchange, filing a lawsuit in March. Subsequently, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought a suit against the exchange and its CEO Zhao last month, alleging violations of securities laws.

In light of these developments, Binance’s successful license acquisition in Dubai marks a significant milestone, albeit against a backdrop of complex regulatory challenges and global investigations.

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