As the first week of December 2023 concludes, the cryptocurrency market has witnessed several notable developments. The week has been marked by a surge in Bitcoin’s value, rising altcoin interest, and innovative new projects entering the scene. Here’s a comprehensive roundup of the week’s key events:
SEC and DOJ Charges Against Binance and CZ:
The SEC intensified its probe into Binance US, following the DOJ’s charges against Changpeng Zhao. Zhao’s admission of guilt adds a dramatic twist to the ongoing legal saga, raising questions about Binance’s future and its resemblance to the FTX case. Allegations of misused assets and parallels with the FTX situation have put Binance under intense scrutiny.
Binance Ends Support for BUSD Stablecoin:
Binance announced it would stop supporting its BUSD stablecoin, a response to regulatory pressures from the SEC and NYDFS. This move highlights the challenges facing crypto firms under the current regulatory landscape.
Terraform Labs Faces $57 Million Lawsuit:
Terraform Labs and its founder, Do Kwon, are embroiled in legal troubles as 375 individuals have filed a lawsuit against them, seeking compensation for a collective loss of $57 million.
FTX to Sell Assets:
FTX received court approval to sell $873 million worth of assets, including stakes in Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. This decision is a crucial step in addressing the fallout from FTX’s 2022 downfall and repaying creditors. FTX and Alameda Research moved $10.8 million in crypto assets to exchanges like Wintermute, Binance, and Coinbase, as part of their ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.
Grayscale Prepares for Spot Bitcoin ETF:
Grayscale is making strategic changes to the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) to facilitate the transition to a spot Bitcoin ETF. The firm is implementing daily fee collection and consolidating assets into an extensive account. These steps are part of Grayscale’s efforts to adapt to the evolving crypto market and capitalize on the potential approval of a Bitcoin spot ETF.
MicroStrategy’s Massive Bitcoin Purchase:
MicroStrategy, under CEO Michael Saylor’s direction, has made another substantial investment in Bitcoin, purchasing 16,130 BTC for approximately $593.3 million. This latest acquisition brings the company’s total Bitcoin holdings to 174,500 BTC, acquired for $3.85 billion and valued at about $6 billion at current prices.
New Tax Rules in the UK for Crypto Users:
The UK introduced new tax guidelines for cryptocurrency users, asking them to voluntarily report unpaid taxes on crypto assets. This move aims to enhance transparency and compliance in the crypto taxation realm.
Genesis Settles Lawsuit with DCG:
Genesis reached a settlement in a $620 million lawsuit with Digital Currency Group, marking a significant development in the complex crypto financial landscape. The settlement is part of Genesis’s broader strategy to address its financial challenges.
CZ Steps Down from Binance US Board:
Changpeng Zhao stepped down from the Binance US board amidst the ongoing legal challenges and controversies surrounding Binance. This step marks a significant shift in the governance structure of Binance US.
Circle Denies Accusations of Terror Financing:
Circle refuted claims of illicit financing and cut off ties with Justin Sun, distancing itself from controversies and focusing on its expansion plans.
Security Breaches at Velodrome and Aerodrome:
Two decentralized exchanges, Velodrome and Aerodrome, suffered security breaches, highlighting ongoing security challenges in the DeFi sector.
Ripple and XRP’s Role in CBDCs:
The U.S. Federal Reserve is examining XRP’s potential role in central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), indicating the growing interest in blockchain technology and its applications in the financial sector.