Seattle-based crypto exchange Bittrex has announced it is winding down its U.S. operations. The crypto community was taken aback by the news and saddened by the latest development.
Due to continued regulatory uncertainty, we have made the difficult decision to wind down our U.S. operations, effective April 30, 2023. All funds are safe and can be fully withdrawn immediately.— Bittrex (@BittrexExchange) March 31, 2023
This does not affect customers of @BittrexGlobal https://t.co/MY4u7XLk9z
Some users spoke of Bittrex as their initial exposure to the world of cryptocurrencies, thus the dismay that its U.S. operations were winding down.
As stated in a release, Bittrex U.S. is making the difficult decision to wind down and close its U.S. operations as a direct result of "continued regulatory uncertainty and a lack of interest from U.S. regulators regarding sensible policies that will foster innovation and enhance the American economy."
The decision will take effect on April 30, 2023, and all customer funds are safe and can be withdrawn until that date. The announcement does not impact Bittrex Global, which will continue operations for its customers outside the U.S.
Sad to see Bittrex go, bought my first DOGE coins on their exchange years ago— Rager (@Rager) March 31, 2023
Richie Lai, co-founder and CEO of Bittrex, wrote on Twitter that he was saddened by the company's decision to start the process of winding down its U.S. operations in the same month it is celebrating its ninth anniversary.
He added that operating in the U.S. was "no longer feasible" and the focus would shift to helping Bittrex Global succeed outside the U.S.
In the week, as reported by U.Today, the world's biggest exchange, Binance, and its chief executive officer got sued by the CFTC for allegedly breaking trading and derivatives rules.
Also, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed legal action against Beaxy.com for concurrently running an unregistered exchange, brokerage and clearing company. Its founder, Artak Hamazaspyan, was also charged with securities fraud.