Binance Coin (BNB) experienced a significant boost, reaching its highest value since June, following reports of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) considering a $4 billion settlement with Binance.
Within 30 minutes of Bloomberg breaking the news on November 20, BNB surged by 6%, hitting $262. Despite a subsequent dip to $252, the token saw a second spike, reaching $266. This marks its highest price point since June 7.
DOJ Investigation and Allegations
The reported settlement is linked to an ongoing DOJ investigation into Binance over alleged violations related to sanctions, money laundering, and fraud. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) previously sued Binance and its CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, accusing them of securities law violations.
BNB market cap +$4b from the post headline low pic.twitter.com/6T6y3EveLF
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BNB currently holds the fourth position among the largest tokens, boasting a market capitalization exceeding $40 billion. Despite the recent surge, it remains down by 61.4% from its all-time high of $686 on May 10, 2021. However, BNB has witnessed a 6.5% gain year-to-date.
Potential Settlement Scenario
One possible settlement scenario involves Binance agreeing to pay the hefty $4 billion fine. In return, the exchange might be permitted to continue its operations in the U.S., subject to specific conditions. An official announcement regarding the potential agreement could be made by the end of the month, according to Bloomberg.
Should Binance proceed with the settlement and pay the proposed amount, it would mark one of the largest penalties ever recorded in a criminal cryptocurrency case.
The ongoing developments highlight the significant impact regulatory scrutiny can have on the cryptocurrency market, emphasizing the need for exchanges to navigate complex legal landscapes to ensure compliance and maintain market stability.