BitMEX Bitcoin Exchange deactivates commercial accounts of customers in the United States and the Canadian province of Quebec, reports the South China Morning Post.
As the newspaper points out, this is due to the growing struggle of regulators with unlicensed cryptocurrency platforms. In particular, the financial regulator of Quebec (Autorité des marchés financiers, AMF) in early 2018 notified the stock exchange the need to stop serving the residents of this province, since the trading platform does not have the permits necessary.
"BitMEX is not registered with AMF and, therefore, is not eligible to operate in Quebec, – declared the director of public relations of the Canadian financial regulator. – "We notify the company that its activities are illegal."
A spokesperson for AMF added that all Quebec user accounts were closed immediately.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission UU (SEC) has not yet commented on the information related to BitMEX. The head of the stock exchange, Arthur Hayes, also declined to comment.
The publication notes that during the past year, BitMEX's total trading volume was $ 965 billion. Fee income allows the stock exchange to rent the entire 45th floor of the Cheung Kong Center in Hong Kong with a total area of 20,000 square feet. According to the South China Morning Post, the rental price is $ 600 thousand per month.
Remember that at the end of last year, BitMEX deactivated Ton Weiss' account, suggesting that he is a US citizen.
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