Arthur Hayes, Samuel Reed, and Ben Delo, the three co-founders of the crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX and its parent 100x Group, have stepped down from all management roles as they are facing criminal charges in the United States.
Hayes was the chief executive officer at 100x Group, while Reed was the chief technology officer. Delo, on the other hand, was named as the ‘mastermind of BitMEX’s trading engine and flagship product,’ but his official role is not known.
Greg Dwyer, BitMEX’s first employee and the current business development head, also took an indefinite leave as his name was mentioned in the lawsuit.
Thursday’s announcement detailed that 100x Group’s chief operating officer, Vivien Khoo, will become the interim CEO. She is a Goldman Sachs veteran and joined the crypto exchange in March 2019.
Commercial director, Ben Radclyffe will take additional charges of handling client relationships and will also oversee financial products.
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“These changes to our executive leadership mean we can focus on our core business of offering superior trading opportunities for all our clients through the BitMEX platform, whilst maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance,” 100x Group chairman, David Wong said in a statement.
Doom of a Giant?
BitMEX gained popularity as a crypto derivatives platform by offering high leverages to traders. After years of operation, it received a massive blow last week as the US authorities legally moved against the exchange and the co-founders.
The US prosecutors alleged that the platform broke CFTC rules by allowing Americans to trade digital currencies and slapped a list of charges, including failure of KYC and AML procedures.
The FBI prosecutors separately indicted the co-founders and Dwyer, bringing criminal charges against them.
In an official statement, BitMEX denied of any regulatory violations in the US.
BitMEX is facing huge losses because of these charges, as crypto traders are moving their funds out of the Seychelles-registered exchange.