Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trade volume, has achieved a major milestone by securing the first operational Minimum Viable Product (MVP) license in Dubai. The license was issued by Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) and will enable Binance to offer virtual asset exchange services to qualified institutional and retail customers.
The announcement, made by Binance on Monday, revealed that the license was obtained through Binance FZE, the exchange’s subsidiary based in Dubai. This makes Binance the first cryptocurrency exchange to receive such a license in the region. Binance FZE will now provide regulated virtual asset services, including fiat on and off-ramp services.
Richard Teng, Head of Regional Markets at Binance, expressed his gratitude for being granted the operational MVP license, stating that it is a testament to Binance’s commitment to responsible practices and user protection. He also mentioned the significance of the license in leveraging a progressive regulatory framework that encourages innovation while ensuring compliance.
VARA had previously approved provisional and preparatory MVP licenses for Binance in March and September 2022, respectively. The operational MVP license marks another step towards Binance’s compliance with highly specialized, tier-one virtual asset regulations under VARA. The license will enable Binance to provide trusted and regulated services to its users, with a strong emphasis on security and compliance.
Binance’s success in obtaining the operational MVP license in Dubai further strengthens its foothold in the UAE and its efforts to expand globally while adhering to regulatory requirements. However, the exchange has faced regulatory challenges in various jurisdictions, including the United States, where it faces a securities violations lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Despite these challenges, Binance remains committed to ensuring regulatory compliance and prioritizing the security of its users. The acquisition of the operational MVP license in Dubai demonstrates Binance’s dedication to meeting regulatory standards and offering trusted and regulated services to its customers.
As Binance continues to navigate the evolving regulatory landscape, securing licenses and certifications will be crucial for the exchange to expand its services and maintain its position as a leading global cryptocurrency exchange.