• Binance received in-principle clearance to operate in Abu Dhabi earlier this year.
  • CNMV mandated that Binance hide derivatives offerings in Spain.

As one of the most relentless crypto exchanges in getting regulatory clearance and operating licenses from authorities throughout the globe, Binance is a clear leader. However, the Spanish regulator, Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV), has yet to approve the exchange’s crypto derivatives services in Spain; hence it has ceased delivering them.

Mandatory Regulatory Compliance 

The drop-down option for derivatives has been deleted from Binance’s official Spanish website, still visible on the international edition. CNMV, the National Securities Market Commission, has mandated that derivatives offerings in Spain be hidden, according to local news outlet La Información. Binance, according to a local newspaper, plans to reintroduce derivatives only after gaining regulatory approval in the form of a guarantee certificate from the Bank of Spain.

The CNMV’s “grey list,” which includes Binance and other crypto exchanges like Coinbase and Bit2Me, forbids them from functioning as fully regulated firms in the territory. However, Binance was authorized as a registered digital asset service provider by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) in France, despite a brief hiccup owing to regulatory delays in Spain. It took the country’s market and banking officials months to give the go-ahead, but now the exchange may begin operations in France.

As of November, France’s banking and financial sector authority had urged Binance to work on “anti-money laundering compliance” if it sought regulatory backing for a regional headquarters in Paris. In August, the UK issued a notification stating that the firm did not have formal permission to operate. Germany, too, issued a warning of its own.

Binance’s newest expansion of its worldwide operations was announced by its foray into France, having received in-principle clearance to operate in Abu Dhabi earlier this year. “Further infrastructure development” is what Binance refers to when it says it aims to expand its operations in the region substantially.


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