According to a Tuesday report published by the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched a probe into Binance.US, the US-based arm of the cryptocurrency giant.
Merit Peak Ltd and Sigma Chain AG, two trading companies linked to Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, are at the center of the investigation, with the securities watchdog seeking to determine how exactly they are related to the subsidiary. As of late 2021, Zhao was at the helm of both of the companies.
Binance.US, which was launched in September 2019, was also subpoenaed by the SEC in 2020. The regulator wanted to find out whether the subsidiary actually operated independently from the main exchange.
Rival Coinbase, which went public last April, denied having any affiliated market makers in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.