Binance Files for Protective Order against SEC

Cam White | August 15, 2023

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(Reuters) -Crypto exchange Binance late on Monday filed for a protective court order against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission saying the regulator’s requests for information were “over broad” and “unduly burdensome”.

In a court filing in the US District Court of Columbia, BAM Trading, Binance U.S.’s operating company and BAM Management said the group had already provided sufficient information to the regulator.

The protective order seeks to limit the SEC, among other things, to four depositions from BAM employees, and to drop the deposition of BAM’s chief executive and of its chief financial officer, without naming anyone.

Binance and the SEC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In June, U.S. regulators sued Binance and CEO Changpeng Zhao for allegedly operating a “web of deception,” listing 13 charges including claims that the company artificially inflated its trading volumes, diverted customer funds, failed to restrict U.S. customers from its platform and misled investors about its market surveillance controls.

“…the SEC has still yet to identify any evidence suggesting that customer assets were misused or dissipated in any way,” the filing said.

The SEC has declined BAM’s proposals to meaningfully limit its requests and is opposed to the motion for a protective order, the filing said.

(Reporting by Lavanya Ahire in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill and Sharon Singleton)