Binance announced in April that it would integrate CipherTrace technology to track on-chain funds and problematic user wallet addresses. More recently, Binance said it was evaluating CipherTrace’s solution to the recent Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations for having exchanges implement the so-called travel rule.
Binance Chain transactions are now traceable by CipherTrace.
The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume announced Tuesday it would utilize CipherTrace’s intelligence tools, bringing anti-money laundering analysis and support to its self-developed blockchain, which is both the foundation for the Binance DEX (decentralized exchange) and home to the exchange’s BNB token.
CipherTrace said in a press release that it would support “institutional-grade” AML controls for clients, continuing a long-standing partnership between the two firms.
FATF formally published its guidance in June, asking national authorities to force crypto exchanges – dubbed virtual asset service providers – to maintain know-your-customer information for both senders and recipients of transactions, and pass that information to other entities.
Binance chief compliance officer Samuel Lim said in a statement that Tuesday’s news is positive for the Binance Chain community.
“Our users can soon expect more digital token/asset support across our fast-growing ecosystem and lines of businesses,” he said, adding:
“While we constantly strengthen our compliance and security controls to align with global regulatory standards, we stay true to our roots of being user-centric. This partnership with CipherTrace would ultimately encourage greater community involvement, developer participation and public interest in Binance Chain and pave the way for larger mainstream adoption.”
In another announcement from Binance Tuesday, the exchange said it’s open-sourcing its implementation of a technology aimed to allow crypto startups to more securely manage private keys.
Binance’s threshold signature scheme library for elliptic curve digital signature algorithm, it says, “will enable wallet providers and custodians to avoid single points of failure in private keys with distributed key management.”
Binance.US Launches OTC Trading Desk for Large Trades
Binance.US has launched an OTC trading portal for major orders.
The feature will allow users of Binance’s US affiliate to process orders worth $10,000 or more directly between customers, off of the normal exchange’s order book. Catherine Coley, CEO of Binance America, announced the launch during Consensus: Distributed on Monday.
Coley said the launch comes at an opportune time for large value traders given increasing interest in bitcoin from well-known investors, such as hedge fund pioneer Paul Tudor Jones II.
“We just saw Paul Tudor Jones speak up about owning almost 2% of his net worth in bitcoin so as people are wanting to have access quickly into these markets it helps to be able to buy quickly and in lump sizes,” she said.
Coley said the addition complements Binance.US’ other trading options.
“Under 10,000 you can buy through our crypto portal, above 10,000 you can use our OTC desk, and you can always trade through market limit orders on our trading platform,” she said.
The service is live in the 37 states in which Binance.US operates. Coley said the exchange is working on receiving proper licenses in the remaining 13.