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Dutch central financial institution says KuCoin isn’t licensed and ‘illegally providing companies’

by Jeremy

The central financial institution of the Netherlands, De Nederlandsche Financial institution, has issued a warning to traders utilizing KuCoin, saying the alternate was working with out authorized registration.

In a Dec. 15 announcement, the central financial institution mentioned that MEK World Restricted, or MGL, which does enterprise within the Netherlands as KuCoin, was not in compliance with the nation’s Anti-Cash Laundering and Combatting the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) laws. De Nederlandsche Financial institution added the crypto agency was “illegally providing companies” in addition to “illegally providing custodian wallets” for customers.

“Prospects of MGL aren’t in violation,” mentioned the financial institution. “Nonetheless, this will enhance the danger of consumers changing into concerned in cash laundering or terrorist financing.”

First launched in 2017, KuCoin is headquartered in Seychelles and operates in most nations all over the world. As a serious crypto alternate, KuCoin has been the topic of scrutiny by regulators and lawmakers amid the crypto market downturn and the collapse of FTX. CEO Johnny Lyu dismissed rumors of insolvency on the alternate in July, and the agency gives proof-of-reserves information for customers.

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In 2021, De Nederlandsche Financial institution made related allegations of unlawful operations in opposition to Binance Holdings Restricted for allegedly violating AML/CFT laws. Binance later paid an “administrative nice” of greater than 3 million euros because of the violations.

Cointelegraph reached out to KuCoin for remark, however didn’t obtain a response on the time of publication.