CFTC Investigates Crypto Exchange BitMEX over Alleged Illicit US Trading

Arthur Hayes and BitMEX in trouble

Seychelles-based cryptocurrency subsidiaries exchange BitMEX is being examined by the America Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to decide if it defied guidelines by permitting U.S dealers into its platform. As per a Bloomberg report on Friday, the investigation would take several months to explore the issue since BitMEX isn’t enlisted with the CFTC.

BitMEX CEO and founder Arthur Hayes was quoted saying about the crypto exchange’s imbroglio:

“BitMEX gives secured, quick, and standard methods for the individuals who see the capability of crypto and to exchange and fence digital currency risk. We keep on checking all legitimate and administrative improvements around the globe and will agree to every relevant law and guidelines; we completely reject any charges of guiltiness, control or inappropriate treatment of our clients, who are at the focal point of all that we do.”

BitMEX was founded in 2014 by Hayes alongside Samuel Reed and Ben Delo. The cryptocurrency trading platform is broadly utilized in Asia and it reports managing as much as $10 billion in crypto exchanging per day. Its head office is located in Hong Kong, however it additionally has an office in San Francisco.

In 2018, BitMEX, the biggest margin exchange platform for Bitcoin, was compelled to shut down its North American clients’ records following a letter from Canadian regulatory authority instructing the organization it was in rupture as an unlicensed company.

Crypto Exchanges in the US Under Heavy Fire

US regulators have been clamping down on crypto exchanges for months now. As a result, many crypto exchanges have pulled back their riskier initiatives to shield their operations in the US. For example, Bittrex and Poloniex delisted several tokens not long ago over concerns that they could be regarded as securities by the SEC. Binance also recently declared that it was pulling back from the US, despite the fact that it is going to open a controlled fiat-to-crypto trade for American users on a different platform.

This is not the first time that BitMEX has found itself in the spotlight. The firm and its CEO received harsh criticism from renowned economist Nouriel Roubini. The crypto-doubter alleged that the crypto exchange may be “publicly associated with systematic wrongdoing.” He further claimed that asset liquidations of client reserve funds include as much as half of BitMEX’s income. In addition, as per his sources inside the organization, criminals and crooks from two countries – Russia and Iran purportedly use BitMEX services for tax evasion “on a gigantic scale.”

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