At an exclusive dinner in Singapore, certain Binance executives reportedly told traders about the pending settlement with U.S. officials, allowing the exchange to stay in business.
Executives of cryptocurrency exchange Binance reportedly gave a heads-up to its top market makers regarding a potential $4.3 billion settlement with authorities in the United States.
According to a Dec. 1 Bloomberg report, Binance traders at an exclusive September dinner in Singapore were informed about a tentative deal the crypto exchange had with U.S. Some Binance executives reportedly told certain traders at the event that the exchange could easily afford the $4.3 billion penalty to stay in business.
Then Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao was reportedly not in attendance at the event, but Richard Teng — who succeeded Zhao following the settlement — was mingling with guests.
According to Teng’s posts on X — formerly Twitter — from September, the then head of regional markets was in Singapore for the Token 2049 conference, the Milken Institute Asia Summit, the Singapore Grand Prix for Formula One, and “plenty of side events.” Cointelegraph will release an exclusive interview with the Binance CEO at 6:00 pm UTC on Dec.
Glad to be speaking at Ethereum_sg. Busy week in Singapore with Token 2049, Milken, plenty of side events and rounded up by Singapore F1 night race https://t.co/FBirPWgRLg
— Richard Teng (@_RichardTeng) September 12, 2023
As part of itssettlement, Binance must pay $4.3 billion to various U.S. Zhao was still out on bail in the United States at the time of publication as a court considered his request to return to the United Arab Emirates before sentencing in February.