Binance, the world’s top cryptocurrency exchange, is ramping up its spending on compliance, allocating an impressive $213 million compared to the previous $158 million. This move aims to tackle regulatory challenges and strengthen Binance’s compliance culture.

But is this a genuine shift in strategy, or simply a calculated response to recent legal troubles? Dive deeper to understand the motivations.

Commitment to Compliance

In response to increased regulatory attention, Binance is adopting a more serious approach to compliance, departing from its previous relaxed stance. CEO Richard Teng, taking over in November, sees this as a sign of Binance’s compliance culture maturing, crediting the team’s quality, stating,

“This is made possible with the quality of our talent who continue to meet the new challenges and opportunities of this exciting and fast-evolving industry.”

The increased compliance spending covers various aspects, including personnel costs. Executive Steve Christie’s reappointment as deputy chief compliance officer is part of this strategy. Christie notes a stronger compliance culture at Binance, highlighting chief compliance officer Noah Perlman’s presence, a former global head of financial crimes at Morgan Stanley.

Standing Strong Post Settlement

Following a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in late November, involving a substantial $4 billion in fines and penalties, Binance stands firm. The settlement requires a court-appointed monitor to ensure adherence to terms set by the Department of Justice, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Despite regulatory hurdles, Binance reports significant financial success, attracting over $3.5 billion in new funds in January alone. Total assets now exceed $80 billion, showcasing resilience and growth.

Milestones to Celebrate

In 2023, Binance saw a remarkable 30% increase in its user base, welcoming 40 million new users, reaching over 170 million in total. The report notes a surge in Binance Pay usage and P2P services, highlighting the exchange’s adaptability. Over 60,000 requests from global regulatory authorities were addressed, with more than 120 compliance training sessions for personnel during this period.

The combination of financial success and a growing user base, as seen in the 2023 report, highlights Binance’s resilience amid legal challenges. The increased focus on compliance positions the exchange for continued success in this industry.