Binance Sheds Over 1,000 Jobs Amid Mounting Regulatory Pressure

Binance is reportedly downsizing its workforce in the wake of mounting regulatory scrutiny and legal issues, both within the US and globally.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the matter, recent firings have surpassed 1,000 employees, with signs suggesting that Binance might lose over a third of its staff in the current ongoing restructuring effort. While a Binance spokesperson confirmed the layoffs, they declined to disclose specific numbers, stating that the company aims to enhance “talent density” across its ranks as it braces for the next major bull cycle.

The exchange celebrated its sixth-year anniversary this week, with CEO Changpeng Zhao commemorating the occasion with a video message where he expressed excitement for the future.

Binance, which had a workforce of 8,000 prior to the layoffs, has been grappling with several regulatory challenges. The SEC sued Binance and Zhao last month, accusing them of unlawfully operating in the US and misusing customer funds, which Binance denies. The company has also been facing licensing issues in Europe.

Moreover, an ongoing investigation by the DOJ remains the biggest concern for the exchange. Binance executives fear the possibility of the DOJ filing charges against the company and Zhao, who is reluctant to relinquish control. This situation has raised concerns about the survival of the exchange, as a string of high-profile departures including the general counsel, chief strategy officer, and head of investigations, have added to these worries.

Information for this briefing was found via the WSJ and the sources mentioned. The author has no securities or affiliations related to this organization. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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