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Binance Shifts Focus to UAE as it Withdraws License from Another European Country




Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, has recently withdrawn its license registration in Austria, following similar actions in the UK, Belgium, Cyprus, and the Netherlands. This move comes amid increasing regulatory challenges from financial regulators globally. Binance Austria GmbH, a subsidiary of Binance, has recently retracted its application for a license from the Financial Market Authority (FMA) in Austria.

Binance continues to face heightened regulatory challenges in Europe and a lawsuit by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The company now only holds licenses in France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Sweden, and Lithuania. Binance’s subsidiary in Austria, Binance Austria GmbH, has recently retracted its virtual asset service provider license from the Financial Market Authority (FMA) in Austria.

Despite these challenges, Binance remains committed to acting in accordance with its commitments wherever it operates. A company spokesman stated that they are unable to provide details from their discussions with regulators. Binance is working to remain fully compliant with the MiCA regulation, expected next year.

This regulation will provide a passport for crypto firms to operate legally across the European Union with a license in any country.

Binance Sets its Eyes on UAE Amid Unfriendly European Market


In contrast to its withdrawal of licenses in Europe, Binance is looking to expand its services in the UAE, considering it as a key operational hub. Binance CEO “CZ” has stated that the country has clear crypto regulations and a friendly approach toward the crypto industry.

In summary, Binance is facing increasing regulatory challenges globally and has withdrawn its license registration in several European countries. However, the company remains committed to compliance and is looking to expand its services in the UAE where there are clear crypto regulations and a friendly approach towards the industry.

According to recent data from Kaiko, Binance’s share of the spot trading market has decreased to 53.7%, its lowest point since August 2022. While Binance is facing increased regulatory scrutiny, this presents an opportunity for other market participants to gain a foothold. 

For example, EDX Markets, which is backed by major financial institutions such as Fidelity Investments, Citadel Securities, and Charles Schwab, has recently begun operations.