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In response to rising regulatory challenges in Western markets, Binance, the world’s foremost cryptocurrency exchange, has taken a decisive step Eastward. Marking a significant milestone in its expansion strategy, Binance has inaugurated a regulated digital asset platform in Kazakhstan.

The announcement was made at a press conference held on June 20, 2023. The event was graced by an assembly of distinguished guests, including representatives from Kazakhstan’s banking sector and the leadership of Binance Kazakhstan.

This move follows Binance’s receipt of preliminary approval for operations in Kazakhstan last August. By October, the AIFC Financial Services Authority had granted the exchange a permanent license to establish a digital asset platform and offer custodial services at the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC).

Binance’s newest platform is designed to cater to the specific needs of Kazakhstani users. It promises a comprehensive suite of crypto and fiat services, ranging from exchange and conversion to the deposit and withdrawal of fiat currency and the custody of crypto assets.

These financial services will be facilitated by Freedom Finance Bank, Kazakhstan’s banking partner for Binance. The collaboration will enable users of the new digital asset exchange to transfer fiat funds to their platform accounts. Currently, deposits and withdrawals can be made through bank transfers or bank cards via Freedom Finance Bank.

This Eastern pivot comes at a time when Binance is grappling with legal difficulties in the United States and several European nations. The exchange is currently entangled in a lawsuit with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Binance’s woes extend beyond American shores. The company has also faced regulatory pushback from various European nations. Reports have surfaced of an investigation into alleged “aggravated money laundering” in France, and Binance has been forced to exit the Dutch market after failing to secure a virtual asset service provider license.

The company’s withdrawal from several European markets has been framed as part of its endeavour to comply with the European Union-approved Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) regulations. However, there are reports that European regulators and the SEC are working in tandem on the Binance investigation.

Binance isn’t alone in its strategic shift towards Asia. Gemini, another global crypto exchange, has publicly announced its intention to strengthen its presence in the Asia Pacific region. As the hub of crypto activity gradually shifts to the East, it’s clear that Binance’s move is part of a broader pattern, reflecting a reconfiguration of the global crypto exchange landscape.

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