Belgium Watchdog Adds 8 to List of Suspicious Companies

Financial regulator of Belgium - the Financial Services and Markets Authority has updated its web page with the new warning headline
21 June 2018   1124

This headline claims: “CRYPTOCURRENCY TRADING PLATFORMS: BEWARE OF FRAUD!” Today the watchdog added 8 cryptocurrency exchanges that it considers suspicious - bringing the total up to a round 50. On their website the FSMA declares  that the latest update features crypto trading firms whose clients bewailed about not gaining their means back after investing.

There are also statements made by one of the customers who was stolen from. As claimed by this person (all names are redacted), he was reportedly contacted by a French individual who worked for a crypto exchange, placed in the UK, and after a talk sent the company some money for trading. To make a long story short, the person then asked for a withdrawal and did not receive it.

The FSMA underlines that it makes up its list in accordance with the notices made on the basis of customer complaints. It warns people to be wary of promises of proportionate gains, and to always verify the identity of who they are dealing with. A similar remit was made by the French financial watchdog, Autorité des Marchés Financiers, a few days ago. The alert is formulated differently; it reports about 4 companies suggesting “atypical investments” made without authorisation. 2 on the list relate to the same entity (, though the latter is not a functioning website.

Several months ago, in March, the AMF issued a list of 15 cryptocurrency firms that were processing without a licence.

Binance Singapore Unit to Apply For License

Under the new law, aimed at regulating crypto paymetns and trading, firms must register with the Monetary Authority to receive a license
17 February 2020   211

Binance, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange unit, has applied for a license under the new Payment Services Act, which entered into force on January 28.

We have already applied. We submitted the application pretty fast. Binance’s Singapore entity has been in close touch with the local regulators, and they have always been open-minded.


Changpeng Zhao

Founder and CEO, Binance

Under the new law, crypto companies in Singapore must register with the Monetary Authority and receive one of three licenses: an exchange of money, a standard or large payment institution. The measure is aimed at regulating payments and crypto trading using requirements for participants in the traditional finance industry. Zhao did not specify which of the licenses Binance Singapore chose.

Binance has been offering crypto-fiat trading services in Singapore since April 2019 and works with eight coins, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP. The trading platform is supported by Vertex Venture Holdings, a venture division of Singapore's Temasek Holdings.