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by Damian Chmiel
  • Binance has acquired 100% ownership of Sakura Exchange BitCoin (SEBC).
  • SEBC is a JFSA-registered crypto platform from Tokyo.
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Binance, one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, announced on Wednesday it acquired a full stake in Sakura Exchange BitCoin (SEBC), a crypto platform from Tokyo regulated by the Japan Financial Services Agency (JFSA).

According to the press release, the terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

By acquiring a fully regulated entity in the Japanese market, Binance is expanding its global regulatory environment. Due to the decentralized nature of its business and digital presence in many countries, Binance has come under the scope of regulatory agencies and is looking for ways to avoid excessive regulatory pressure.

"The Japanese market will play a key role in the future of cryptocurrency adoption. As one of the world's leading economies with a highly-developed tech ecosystem, it's already poised for strong blockchain uptake. We will actively work with regulators to develop our combined exchange in a compliant way for local users. We are eager to help Japan take a leading role in crypto," Takeshi Chino, the General Manager of Binance Japan, commented.

To date, Binance has secured 11 licenses in various jurisdictions, including France, Spain, Dubai, Poland and Cyprus. The acquisition of SEBC adds the twelfth country to this list and is the first cryptocurrency exchange license in this part of Asia.

Fourth Binance Investment in November

For Binance, buying SEBC is the fourth investment executed this month. On 15 November 2022, Binance Labs, the crypto exchange's accelerator and venture capital arm, announced a $4 million investment in the Web3 sports game platform dubbed Ultimate Champions.

Then, on 21 November 2022, Binance Labs announced its investment in NGRAVE, a hardware cryptocurrency wallet maker. The value of the investment has not been disclosed.

The latest investment news came from the US branch of Binance. Changpeng 'CZ' Zhao, the exchange's CEO, confirmed plans to acquire the bankrupt crypto lender, Voyager Digital.

Earlier, the exchange wanted to acquire the fallen FTX platform. However, it eventually withdrew from those plans due to 'mishandled customer funds' and 'alleged US agency investigations'.

Binance, one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, announced on Wednesday it acquired a full stake in Sakura Exchange BitCoin (SEBC), a crypto platform from Tokyo regulated by the Japan Financial Services Agency (JFSA).

According to the press release, the terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

By acquiring a fully regulated entity in the Japanese market, Binance is expanding its global regulatory environment. Due to the decentralized nature of its business and digital presence in many countries, Binance has come under the scope of regulatory agencies and is looking for ways to avoid excessive regulatory pressure.

"The Japanese market will play a key role in the future of cryptocurrency adoption. As one of the world's leading economies with a highly-developed tech ecosystem, it's already poised for strong blockchain uptake. We will actively work with regulators to develop our combined exchange in a compliant way for local users. We are eager to help Japan take a leading role in crypto," Takeshi Chino, the General Manager of Binance Japan, commented.

To date, Binance has secured 11 licenses in various jurisdictions, including France, Spain, Dubai, Poland and Cyprus. The acquisition of SEBC adds the twelfth country to this list and is the first cryptocurrency exchange license in this part of Asia.

Fourth Binance Investment in November

For Binance, buying SEBC is the fourth investment executed this month. On 15 November 2022, Binance Labs, the crypto exchange's accelerator and venture capital arm, announced a $4 million investment in the Web3 sports game platform dubbed Ultimate Champions.

Then, on 21 November 2022, Binance Labs announced its investment in NGRAVE, a hardware cryptocurrency wallet maker. The value of the investment has not been disclosed.

The latest investment news came from the US branch of Binance. Changpeng 'CZ' Zhao, the exchange's CEO, confirmed plans to acquire the bankrupt crypto lender, Voyager Digital.

Earlier, the exchange wanted to acquire the fallen FTX platform. However, it eventually withdrew from those plans due to 'mishandled customer funds' and 'alleged US agency investigations'.

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