Bitfinex Banned Margin Trade For US Corporate Customers

This news is reported by the margin traders themself at Reddit
15 February 2018   58

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. 

ING Bank Confirmed Bitfinex Account Support

Wells Fargo had ended dealings with exchange last year and U.S. regulator said to send subpoenas to Bitfinex on Dec. 6
21 February 2018   137

Bitfinex, a large crypto-currency exchange that was in the spotlight of US regulators late last year, opened an account with ING after Wells Fargo refused to service it last year. This is reported by Bloomberg News.

ING spokesman Harold Reusken confirmed that Bitfinex is a client of the bank. He refused to go into details of their relationship, referring to the confidentiality of information, while specifying that the bank adheres to special practices regarding transactions related to crypto-currencies. Reusken did not say anything about Tether, which is connected with the Bitfinex issuer of USDT tokens, which causes a lot of questions in the crypto-currency community. Earlier, BitMEX researchers concluded that Tether money can be kept in Puerto Rico.

With companies that are active in the crypto market we are very reserved. Not with companies that are in traditional markets and receive or do payments with cryptocurrencies, but with parties that are in the chain of cryptocurrencies.
 

Harold Reusken

Spokesman, ING

Bitfinex did not divulge with which banks it operates, after the closure of the account in Wells Fargo. The ING statement is the first confirmation of the relationship between Bitfinex and a large financial company capable of providing storage services.

It is also unclear where Bitfinex was served after the breakdown of relations with Wells Fargo and when this account was opened.

The connection between Bitfinex and ING is interested by Dutch lawmakers. A member of the opposition workers' party, Nank Neybour, asked Finance Minister Vopka Hextra to look into this issue, including explaining why other banks broke off relations with Bitfinex and what measures the exchange and the bank take to prevent the use of their sites by intruders.