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US Probes Binance Over Token That Is Now World’s Fifth Largest

  • SEC investigating whether BNB was a security when sold in 2017
  • Agency has brought numerous cases over initial coin offerings
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Binance Faces US Investigation Over BNB Token

US regulators are investigating whether Binance Holdings Ltd. broke securities rules by selling digital tokens just as the crypto exchange was getting off the ground five years ago, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s review pries into the firm’s origins and those of its BNB token, which is now the world’s fifth-biggest. Investigators are examining if the 2017 initial coin offering amounted to the sale of a security that should have been registered with the agency, said the people who were granted anonymity to discuss the confidential probe.