This was a busy week. New crypto related regulations and restrictions impacted some of the largest global crypto exchanges and users in Canada, U.K., China and Japan.

The primary crackdown targets were leveraged trading and other risky derivative products, although major exchanges were also barred from operating in certain jurisdictions altogether.

Here is a summary of the new restrictions by country, in chronological order of announcements.

Canada

Binance, the largest cryptocurrency exchange, decided to include Ontario, Canada as a restricted jurisdiction. It means that Binance can no longer continue to service Ontario-based users. Ontario-based users are advised to take immediate measures to close out all active positions by December 31, 2021

Updated terms are here https://www.binance.com/en/support/announcement/ba03469c86f34546bd25faf414730733.

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) recently issued statements against other crypto exchanges such as Kucoin and Bybit forcing Binance to act preemptively.

China 

On Saturday, Huobi, China’s largest exchange, updated its user agreement adding China and several other countries to its list of prohibited jurisdictions for derivative trading. From the updated terms:

USERS FROM THE FOLLOWING JURISDICTIONS ARE PROHIBITED FROM USING ALL SERVICES: MAINLAND CHINA, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA, JAPAN, CUBA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA, SUDAN, SYRIA, VENEZUELA, SINGAPORE AND CRIMEA.

USERS FROM THE FOLLOWING JURISDICTIONS ARE PROHIBITED FROM TRADING IN DERIVATIVES: MAINLAND CHINA, TAIWAN CHINA, HONG KONG CHINA, ISRAEL, IRAQ, BANGLADESH, BOLIVIA, ECUADOR, KYRGYZSTAN, SEVASTOPOL, SPAIN AND THE UNITED KINGDOM (RETAIL USERS ONLY), New Zealand.

Japan

Last Friday, Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) also issued a warning to Binance, stating that the company is not licensed to do business within Japan.

United Kingdom 

On Saturday, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a consumer warning announcing that Binance is “not permitted to undertake any regulated activity in the UK.”

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For over 30 years, Marin Ivezic has been protecting financial services and critical infrastructure against financial crime, cyber, and regulatory risks. He previously held multiple interim CRO, CISO and technology leadership roles in Global 2000 companies. Since 2013 he has been advising institutions and regulators around the world on safe, secure and compliant adoption of crypto assets and other decentralized technologies.