Bitfinex Banned Margin Trade For US Corporate Customers

This news is reported by the margin traders themself at Reddit
15 February 2018   338

One of the largest crypto-currency exchanges, Bitfinex, suddenly closed access to margin trading for corporate clients from the United States. This is reported by Bitcoin.com.

Some corporate customers of Bitfinex expressed their discontent on the Reddit after they found out that their access to the marginal trading was closed. At the same time, restrictions imposed at the end of last year in accessing the services of the exchange concerned only US residents who are private individuals. The Bitfinex knowledge base also says nothing about the restrictions for US corporate customers.

We’ve had a corporate account with Bitfinex since early 2017 and [are] approved for both exchange, margin, and funding. […] We’ve been making 6-figure trades on margin and currently have 2 margin positions open. On Feb 7th, […] we were locked out of margin trading. No explanation or warning of why our account can’t trade on margin. Worst yet, we can’t manage our margin positions. Not good in this very volatile market. We’ve received a couple of liquidation warning emails as the market dived down yesterday. We sent a support ticket […] and probably over 7 emails. No response from Bitfinex. It appears that they haven’t even opened any of the emails.
 

horaldrami90 at Reddit

Later that day, a Bitfinex representative called “bill_bfx” contacted the Redditor, stating that the issue had been “forwarded to the team to resolve for you.” 

a US corporate customer […] should not be using margin trading,” however, noted that “if you have open positions it is not acceptable to block you from closing them. 
 

bill_bfx

Bitfinex representative at Reddit

Another Reddit user reports:

I’ve been lending on Bitfinex for a while. Earlier today, the API responded that US users are no longer allowed to take or lend any currency denomination […] I understand that US retail customers cannot use it but I believe the policy did not apply to corporate customers. Has there been a recent change in policy? Will it be permanent or is this a temporary measure? 
 

Daveneer at Reddit

In early December, Bitfinex and Tether received summons from the US CTFC. 

Bitfinex to Deny Drug Money Laundering Claims

Exchange conducted an "internal investigation of its international organization" and found no drug money laundering relations
11 April 2018   219

Bitfinex said that it conducted an "internal investigation of its international organization", during which it established that the site is not involved in the money laundering cases of Colombian drug cartels, which were previously reported in Poland. This is reported by CoinDesk.

As representatives of Bitfinex told the publication, no connection was found between the work of the exchange and the two shell companies accused of deceiving the Belgian government and laundering money from Colombia.

Representatives of the exchange said that "based on all available evidence and information, [it] has concluded that these allegations are untrue and unfounded"

Among the claims under dispute, Bitfinex has not been party to any official investigation launched in any jurisdiction globally on the basis of the allegations reported in the Polish media. This signals that the relevant authorities have found no reason to act upon the claims made against the Bitfinex platform.
 

Bitfinex Team

In addition, the platform stated that none of the users experienced any problems accessing their accounts or funds because of potential law enforcement actions.

For the first time the corresponding rumors appeared at the beginning of the week, when a number of media reported that officers of the Polish police confiscated the property of two front companies. The organizations were accused of "deceiving the Belgian government" and "working with a large online currency exchange". At the same time, the name of the site was not reported. As a result, local and international news agencies linked Bitfinex to these companies.

Earlier, the site also denied rumors that it allegedly owned by her € 400 million were seized in a little-known Polish bank.

Then the exchange was forced to react to the reports that appeared that the police had seized the account in the Polish bank Cooperative Bank, which is allegedly connected with Bitfinex. Initially, these statements appeared on Polish forums, and in the English-language press the news with the note "unconfirmed" was published by Trustnodes.

It was assumed that this account was seen in the international scheme for money laundering of Colombian drug cartels. As one user reported, the Polish police contacted him after he tried to withdraw money from Bitfinex through Crypto SP Z.O.O.

Representatives of Bitfinex reacted to these messages via Reddit, saying that these allegations are not true. Also, the exchange promised to make a separate statement on this issue in the future.