Binance.US and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are in talks to avoid a full asset freeze of the exchange. On June 14, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson referred the two parties to a magistrate judge to find a mutually beneficial solution.
The SEC had filed a motion for a restraining order against Binance.US, alleging that the exchange had violated securities laws by operating as an unregistered broker-dealer. Binance.US denied the allegations and argued that the SEC had not provided any evidence of wrongdoing.
The talks between Binance.US and the SEC are ongoing, and it is unclear what the outcome will be. However, the fact that the two parties are willing to talk suggests that they are open to finding a solution that does not involve a full asset freeze.
A full asset freeze would be a major blow to Binance.US, as it would prevent the exchange from accessing its funds and operating its business. It would also be a setback for the cryptocurrency industry as a whole, as it would send a signal that the SEC is willing to take harsh action against exchanges that operate without proper registration.
The talks between Binance.US and the SEC are a positive development, as they suggest that both parties are willing to work together to find a solution. However, it is important to note that the talks are still ongoing, and there is no guarantee that they will be successful.
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