In a recent visit between UAE, Hamid AlZaabi, Director General of the Executive Office of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (EO AML/CTF), hosted a Moroccan national delegation led by Dr. Jawhar Al Nafisi, Chairman of the Moroccan National Financial Intelligence Authority, coordinated on initiatives with regards to anti money laundering and counter terrorism financing, with DIFC giving presentation on UAE experience in virtual assets.

Members of the EO AML/CTF presented on topics such as the National Strategy and virtual assets, and the UAE’s experience using AI to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. A joint discussion resulted in the agreement on specific areas of cooperation to be included in follow-up steps to implement the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between the EO AML/CTF and the Moroccan National Financial Intelligence Authority.

In addition Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) discussed the UAE experience analyzing cases related to virtual assets.

Hamid AlZaabi highlighted the robust cooperation between the UAE and Morocco and its significant impact on raising standards of compliance within the MENA region.

He stated, “Our two countries are united in commitment to combating financial crime and collaborate effectively on multiple levels, both bilaterally and through the Middle East and North Africa Financial Action Task Force (MENAFATF). I am pleased that through our regular meetings, we have developed a comprehensive framework for cooperation and have launched several joint initiatives that are already making a difference. By sharing expertise and best practices, the expertise developed by each country can be leveraged to mutual benefit, to ensure safeguarding our financial regional system.”

Dr. Jawhar Al Nafisi, Chairman of the Moroccan National Financial Intelligence Authority, commented, “This visit underscores the strong strategic ties between Morocco and the UAE, as both nations aim to align strategies and visions on bilateral, regional and international levels, and share expertise to prepare for the upcoming mutual evaluation round. To ensure the sustainability of the efforts made to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, I am pleased to invite Director General, Hamid Al Zaabi to Kingdom of Morocco for progress discussions and to measure the effectiveness of joint committees established during the meetings held over the past two days.”
During the two-day meeting, the parties discussed ongoing bilateral cooperation activities. To further enhance the coordination efforts, both parties have decided to establish several joint committees, including ones to monitor standards and developments, technical committees, and a supervisory committee to track progress and ensure goal attainment.

It is noteworthy that although Morocco leads in terms of the number of crypto holders, it has still not regulated crypto and virtual assets.

Blockchain for Good Alliance and Bybit Web3 affiliated to Bybit crypto exchange  have partnered to launch the SocialPlus Hackathon. This collaboration aims to foster innovation, knowledge sharing, and collaboration within the DeBox and Web3 ecosystem, leveraging the power of Blockchain and AI technology.

Bybit Web3 provides a suite of Web3 products designed to make accessing, swapping, collecting and growing Web3 assets as open and simple as possible. Its wallets, marketplaces and platforms are all backed by the security and expertise of Bybit a top three global crypto exchange,with 30 million users globally.

The SocialPlus Hackathon, a virtual event running from now until September, will provide a platform for participants to showcase their talent and actively contribute to the development of the Web3 ecosystem.

Participants can work on three tracks, including the DeBox Open Platform — Bot Market Track, DeBox Open Platform — DAPP Market Track, and the Blockchain for Good Track (BGA), and will have the chance to compete for a prize pool of up to $30,000. In addition, all finalists will receive an exclusive NFT and points rewards provided by BGA.

“As an industry leader, Bybit is committed to empowering the next generation of projects through the Blockchain for Good Alliance. Our collaboration with the SocialPlus Hackathon exemplifies our dedication to pushing boundaries and driving innovation in the Web3 ecosystem. Together with the SocialPlus Hackathon, we anticipate witnessing the creative and transformative projects that will shape the future of Web3 and contribute to a decentralized and inclusive world.” said Emily Bao, Bybit Web3 Evangelist.

For more information about the SocialPlus Hackathon and to register, visit this page.

Zero Hash, a global crypto and stablecoin infrastructure provider, in partnership with Lightspark, commissioned a study and surveyed 2,500 freelancers and contractors from the US, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and UAE with 80% of UAE freelancers saying they would prefer to receive payments in stablecoins. The survey findings also noted that 69% of those surveyed agree that receiving crypto or stablecoin payments would allow them to work with clients globally, with 95% of them wanting to receive a portion of their income in crypto or stablecoins.

According to the survey the main challenges facing freelancers is slow payments, currency volatility, payment delays and high fees. 48% of those surveyed noted that it takes too long to get paid, with 75% desiring payment within 24 hours.

Moreover, 49% felt the fees charged by payment platforms are too high, and 30% cited currency volatility as an issue.

Cryptocurrencies and stablecoins emerge as viable solutions to these challenges. A significant 93% of freelancers express interest in receiving at least a portion of their income in cryptocurrency or stablecoins.

According to 58% of freelancers and gig workers surveyed the current local banking and payment systems don’t work for them.

Globally 65% of freelancers say that they have lost money or left money on the table because they couldn’t accept work across borders due to a non-compatible currency that could not be easily exchanged. 69% agree or strongly agree that receiving crypto or stablecoin payouts would allow them to work with clients globally.

Interestingly 93% would like to receive a portion of their income in crypto or stablecoins, with 80% of UAE and Argentinian respondents preferring stablecoin payouts.

Edward Woodford, Founder and CEO of Zero Hash, commented, “We have long held the belief that fiat, crypto and stables cannot individually solve all of the world’s payment’s requirements by themselves. We believe Zero Hash will play a pivotal role in the future of payments with our ability to connect fiat, crypto and stables in one unified platform. This will enable freelancers and gig workers to move seamlessly between these rails for different use cases and needs”

Christian Catalini, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Lightspark, says, “We live in an increasingly connected world, but our payment infrastructure has not kept pace with the requirements that entrepreneurial and hard-working freelancers are looking for today. This survey shows that change is wanted and needed – we are pleased to be working with Zero Hash to provide solutions for their customers, and freelancers, everywhere!”

Zero Hash, in partnership with Lightspark, leveraged Centiment (the survey platform trusted by Fortune 100 companies) to survey 2,500 freelancers and gig workers in the US, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and UAE. The survey participants comprised 500 freelancers & gig workers across each jurisdiction. The majority of participants were full-time self-employed 66%, and 34% were part-time self-employed. 65% knew about cryptocurrencies, and 42% used freelance/gig platforms like Fiverr, Upwork, or Catch for at least 50% of their sourced work.

The survey comes at an interesting time given the recent announcement by UAE central Bank  approved the issuance of a regulation for licensing and overseeing stablecoins and a series of policies aimed at supporting the banking, insurance, and financial services sectors.

People across the globe and in the Arab world are utilizing cryptocurrencies to help those in dire need in Gaza, whether it is utilizing “Care for Gaza” or the “International Rescue Committee” supported by ENS or even UNRWA.

On May 15th, over $20,000 USD was raised through crypto donations by @RESCUEorg better known as the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to deliver humanitarian aid in Gaza. This was done with the support of ENS the most widely integrated blockchain naming standard.

On X, ENS stated, “We’re proud to announce that ENS is supporting the International Rescue Committee.”

According to ENS, “This collaboration represents a significant step in leveraging blockchain technology for social good. To help and make an impact: donate with irc.eth.”

It’s important to note that the IRC itself doesn’t directly accept cryptocurrency donations. As per their website, the IRC protects itself from crypto volatility by engaging with partners ( & who accept crypto on its behalf, settling cryptocurrency into FIAT currency which is then provided to the IRC in a compliant manner. The IRC currently does not directly accept cryptocurrency via its website and owned channels.

The IRC partners with Endaoment and These platforms convert crypto donations into fiat currency (traditional money) before providing it to the IRC.

But IRC is not the only one accepting crypto payments to help Gaza. Care for Gaza noted in an X post, that Egyptians can now support them using Vodafone Cash. Earlier Care for Gaza also noted that individuals could pay in crypto as they were raising funds for flour. They noted, “We are currently focusing on providing flour bags to the displaced families.

Even UNRWA is accepting crypto donations to

OXFAM US is also accepting crypto to help the people of Gaza. On their website they stated, “We accept Bitcoin and a wide variety of cryptocurrencies through The Giving Block, a platform that processes crypto donations for nonprofits. Use the widget above to make your donation: Under “Select Your Crypto” select the type of crypto to donate from the dropdown. Enter your donation amount in the crypto of your choice or USD. Fill out your name and address (optional), and enter an email address where you would like to receive a tax receipt.

They add as well that “Cryptocurrency donations will be automatically converted to dollars for immediate use to support communities around the world.”

Oxfam’s UnBlocked Cash project (UBC) is a blockchain-powered cash transfer solution that is set to tackle this challenge. It is saving costs of distributing aid, reducing delivery times, and bringing more transparency and accountability in the process. It offers an opportunity to improve how aid is delivered without compromising the dignity of beneficiaries.

This need for aid donations has become more pressing with the Israeli onslaught in Rafah. On May 28th, The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in a blog post stated “We horrified by the multiple Israeli air strikes and bombardment that have so far killed at least 60 Palestinians and injured dozens more, including women and children, in Rafah. These attacks have resulted in the largest number of casualties since the Rafah incursion began and they come a few days after the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to stop its offensive on the city. These devastating attacks occurred on Sunday night, in an area housing displaced people where tents caught fire, with a further attack today in a supposed safe zone.”

Kiryn Lanning, IRC’s Team Lead in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), said, “We are deeply outraged by the tragic loss of civilian life as the Israeli incursion into Rafah intensifies. These incidents reaffirm our repeated warnings that no place and nobody is safe in Gaza. Camps housing displaced people must never be targeted. The reports from the ground are extremely disturbing – with people trapped in the fire and burning tents.

“There was not a single evacuation order for these attacks given to civilians that have sought shelter in Rafah after being displaced from other parts of Gaza. The targeting of so-called safe zones, densely populated with displaced civilians, is a violation of International Humanitarian Law and completely unjustifiable. The high concentration of civilians in these zones makes it impossible to avoid significant collateral damage and high mortality rates during military offensives, even with precision targeting.

As if bombardment was not enough, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has suspended food distributions in Rafah due to shortages. Only ten bakeries remain operational in Gaza but are imperiled and may soon run out of cooking fuel. The WHO Director General has called the situation “beyond catastrophic.”

In March 2024 UAE announced that it would allow Bitcoin and crypto donations to specified entities during Ramadan.

If blockchain and crypto was ever needed it is needed today and can be used, not only to make sure that donations reach Gaza but also make sure that these donations are tracked transparently.

The 2nd edition of Dubai FinTech Summit (DFS) organized by Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, First Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the UAE, and President of DIFC, concluded with resounding success. The 3rd edition of the Dubai FinTech Summit will be held on 7-8 May 2025, also under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum.

From government officials and policy makers to start-up founders, the two-day Summit, held at Madinat Jumeirah, brought together an unprecedented gathering of more than 8,000 decision-makers from 118 countries around the world. These included over 300 thought leaders participating in 125 discussions across five stages and over 200 exhibitors showcasing cutting-edge technologies. Over 20 government dignitaries were also in attendance, including the Mayor of Seoul, Central Bank Governors, and Deputy Governors.

His Excellency, Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC, commented: “The Dubai FinTech Summit is not just a gathering, it is a platform for transformative discussions and collective action. The Dubai FinTech Summit stands as a beacon of impact, progress, and collaboration, creating unprecedented opportunities for growth and innovation. Dubai is at the forefront of shaping the future of finance and will continue to strengthen its position as a leading global hub for FinTech firms.”

Arif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer at DIFC Authority, opened day two of the Summit, followed by two fireside chats with His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General, Department of Economy and Tourism, and Yie-Hsin Hung, President and Chief Executive Officer at State Street Global Advisors.

During his opening remarks, Arif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer at DIFC Authority, said: “Today, we are experiencing an extraordinary period of technological transformation where FinTech defines how we transact, how we save, and how we manage our financial lives. FinTech is also defining how traditional financial services companies operate. In recent years, we have seen FinTech revenues grow globally six-fold. We have also seen growing mainstream acceptance of cryptocurrencies, which is allowing for its market capitalization to exceed USD 3trn. This year, FinTech is again expected to garner and secure an additional 5 per cent of global financial service
revenues. In the next two years, digital payments are expected to increase over 10trn dollars, and by 2030, north of 25 per cent of banking valuations are expected to be driven by FinTech.

Dubai FinTech Summit offers a unique platform to explore the opportunities ahead of us, which is why, at DIFC, our strategy is firmly focused on being at the heart of this FinTech revolution. During our 20 years of operations, we have always embraced innovation. It is part of our X factor. We do not simply talk about it but engage with it; with the talent, with the investors and the regulators to execute it. Our visionary leadership has always enabled Dubai and DIFC to take a leading role in driving the future of finance and innovation. For this reason, we have built the region’s most comprehensive proposition that enables our clients to do and achieve great things in a place that integrates FinTech firmly into its DNA. In a place that attracts talented entrepreneurs, encourages collaboration, and provides global connectivity: a gateway between the east and the west, and a true nexus point for the global markets.”

Over 50 international associations participated in the Summit this year, including Africa FinTech Network, Business France, FinTech Philippines Association, European Blockchain Association, Global FinTech Alliance (GFA), Hong Kong FinTech Industry Association, International Digital Economy Association, Invest Seoul, Luxembourg Institute of Financial Technology (LHOFT), Swiss Finance & Technology Association and Women in Web3 Association, among others.

This year’s Summit saw the participation of over 1,000 investors, including more than 10 top executives from some of the world’s biggest banks, managing over USD 7trn in assets under management (AUM). In addition, over 40 FinTech and blockchain unicorns, with a combined market capitalisation of over USD 400bn were also present.

During the two days, over 30 side events were hosted by local, regional, and international partners of the Summit. Panels on the second day included a deep dive into some of the most pressing topics within the financial technology landscape, ranging from High Interest Rates and Macroeconomic Volatility, Institutional Adoption and other.

Dubai FinTech Summit also witnessed the signing of more than 50 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with global financial leaders, as well as several key announcements from attending businesses. Nik Storonsky, Founder and CEO of Revolut announced expansion plans in the MEASA region, marking a significant step towards fostering financial inclusion through cutting-edge technology. Revolut is a global neobank and financial technology company with headquarters in the UK that offers banking services for retail customers and
Recognizing the potential of operating in the region’s largest financial ecosystem, State Street Global Advisors’ CEO, Yie-Hsin Hung, also announced that the firm is making a welcome return to DIFC. Based on the region’s expanding opportunities, coupled with DIFC’s 20-year track record as a leading hub for finance and growth, DIFC has continued to draw in an extensive list of banks, advisors, high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and sovereign wealth funds seeking exposure to the region’s fast-growth markets within a future-forward regulated environment.

Dyna.Ai, the Singapore-headquartered firm announced the launch of its operations across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, North America and Latin America, aiming to transform businesses with AI. The company offers a suite of solutions for digital banking, risk management, audience communication, and employee productivity to address current financial challenges. In the MEA region, offices will be opened in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria. Dyna Athena, a newly launched AI platform, will provide revolutionary communication and interaction between customers, which will include features such as text-to-speech, language and speech processing. Dyna
Avatar, a brand-new humanoid customer assistant, capable of real-time voice-activated conversations in Arabic, English, Chinese, Japanese and Thai, was also launched at the Summit.

Among several notable presentations, Crypto Oasis provided an insightful update on the UAE’s dynamic and ever- evolving blockchain ecosystem. According to the presentation, active companies have surged by 13 per cent year- on-year, reaching 2,040 organizations, with a healthy mix of 71 per cent native and 29 per cent non-native blockchain companies contributing to the ecosystem. There has also been a marked increase in the industry workforce, with over 10,600 individuals working in the blockchain space. One of the key factors driving the crypto industry has been an increase in regulatory clarity, which has helped to attract global brands such as Bybit,, and OKX, which each received Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) licenses from VARA.

In line with the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33) to position Dubai as the top four global financial hubs by 2033, DFS is designed to encourage cross-border collaboration and innovation, central to transforming the global FinTech sector.

The Summit presented a unique opportunity for attendees to explore emerging FinTech trends and their potential to drive financial progress in the MEASA region. The 2nd edition of the Dubai FinTech Summit was supported by over 150 global corporate partners. Visa as Founding Partner & Co-Host; Emirates NBD as Premium Banking Partner; e& life as Powered By sponsor; Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD) as Strategic Banking Partner; Finvasia as Lead Sponsor; SC Ventures as Strategic Venture Partner; Dynatech AI as Powered By sponsor; and Mashreq as Diamond Sponsor; Ripple, Deloitte, Nasdaq, Mastercard, Pay10, Bitpanda, and Alpheya as Platinum Sponsors; AWS & Integra, and Dubai Financial Market among others.

Genesis Digital Assets Limited (GDA),a Bitcoin mining company with a presence in the UAE, is opening a new data center in Argentina powered by YPF Luz, a leading company in electric power generation.

The announcement comes during a period of expansion by GDA, which now operates 20 industrial-scale data centers across North America, South America, Europe, and Central Asia. The company’s first facility in South America is located in Rincón de Los Sauces, in the Neuquén Province and has a total capacity of 7 MW and 1 MW of backup.

The Bajo del Toro Thermal Power Plant, composed of YPF, Equinor and YPF Luz, will power 1,200 bitcoin mining machines, and efficiently monetize stranded gas, which would otherwise be flared into the atmosphere.

Speaking from the company’s Dubai office today, Abdumalik Mirakhmedov, Executive President of GDA, said: “We believe that Argentina is an important country for Bitcoin mining, given its abundance of energy sources and business-friendly environment.

“The opening of our first data center in South America is an important step in our geographic diversification efforts. And this will be yet another opportunity to show the world that Bitcoin mining can have a positive effect on the environment and can be fully integrated into local communities.”    

With an abundance of energy, a favorable political climate, and a strong crypto ethos, Argentina is becoming increasingly important for Bitcoin mining and the broader industry.

For the new data center, GDA will use the electricity generated from stranded gas provided YPF Luz, an electric power generation company that has been leading the energy transition since 2013.

As stated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, methane gas adversely impacts the environment as it is responsible for approximately a third of the warming the world is experiencing. Methane mitigation techniques, such as the utilization of stranded gas, are important to reduce emissions and combat global warming.

“In 2022, we were the first Argentine company to generate electrical energy for cryptocurrency mining from flare gas, an innovative solution in line with YPF’s energy transition needs,” said Martín Mandarano, CEO of YPF Luz. “This project with GDA allows us to bring YPF and Equinor, two companies committed to reducing the carbon footprint of their exploration activities, an adaptable and sustainable flare gas use solution.”

UAE regulated crypto broker platform BitOasis will be using Sumsub, a full cycle verification platform providing customizable KYC, KYB, transaction monitoring, and AML solutions.

BitOasis has chosen Sumsub for crypto identity verification and AML screening for crypto compliance. Having recently reopened its platform to new retail and institutional users, this partnership with Sumsub will enable BitOasis to further enhance its user onboarding process while ensuring full compliance with strict AML and other regulatory requirements.

“We are excited to start working with Sumsub, a global leader in verification, anti-fraud and compliance. Sumsub will enable us to further strengthen the stringent controls we use to protect our users and ecosystem from illicit activities and support us in ensuring continued full compliance with evolving AML regulations. By implementing Sumsub’s KYC and AML Screening solutions, we make sure to provide the best user experience to our customers in the Middle East and beyond,” says Stanford Cardoz, AML Director at BitOasis.

“We are thrilled about our collaboration with BitOasis, a leading crypto platform in the Middle East,” comments Peter Sever, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Sumsub“We are proud to join BitOasis’ mission of building infrastructure for a new digital financial system based on cryptocurrencies, a system that is transparent, inclusive, compliant and secure.”

BitOasis recently received its active MVP Operational license from Dubai’s virtual asset regulatory authority, one step towards receiving a full license.

BitOasis noted that it holds and sells 60+ cryptocurrencies adding that since its launch, it has processed more than $6 billion in trading volume and raised more than $40 million dollars in funding from leading regional and global investors, such as CoinDCX, Wamda Capital, Jump Capital, Pantera Capital, and Global Founders Capital.

In a blog post, RAIN Crypto exchange regulated in both Bahrain and the UAE issued a statement replying to the report by ZachXBT that the exchange had likely been exploited for $14.8 million, addressing the security incident involving the exchange. They noted ” We would like our customers to know that the situation has been resolved. We assure you that we have already taken all the necessary steps to address this matter to protect customer funds.”

The crypto exchange was replying to the news circulating that “It appeared the crypto exchange Rain was likely exploited for $14.8M on April 29, 2024 after their BTC, ETH, SOL, and XRP wallets saw suspicious outflows. Funds were quickly transferred to instant exchanges and swapped for BTC and ETH.”

RAIN added, “Customers’ funds are under custody, fully accounted for, and held on a 1:1 basis. This means that all your fiat currency and crypto assets are held with the highest standards of security and regulatory compliance. Rain Management W.L.L is licensed and regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain and Rain Trading Limited is regulated by the ADGM Financial Services Regulatory Authority, which means we maintain a 1:1 asset-to-funds ratio in line with regulatory requirements.”

The blog noted that as soon as RAIN became aware of the incident it isolated the issue and put additional controls to strengthen their security.”

Moreover RAIN confirmed that it had “covered any potential losses resulting from this incident, ensuring that customers’ interests remain protected.”

RAIN also stated that there operations are uninterrupted including crypto buy and sell, send, receive, along with fiat deposits, and withdrawals.

In conclusion RAIN commented, “We are committed to upholding the highest standards of security and regulatory compliance. In response to the incident, we have taken immediate steps to further strengthen the security of our platform. We are also fully cooperating with the relevant legal and regulatory authorities and specialist advisors to ensure that this issue is handled appropriately.”

DWF Labs, a proprietary high frequency trading firm with offices in UAE, China, Singapore, and Hongkong as well as Binance the biggest crypto exchange globally have vehemently denied all accusations made in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal that there was market manipulation and an ensuing cover up.

The WSJ article discussed accusations that DWF Labs had carried out market manipulation allegedly discovered by a now ex-employee of Binance.

As per the article the fired employee, along with his team, was tasked with identifying and investigating suspicious trading activities. They reported that certain “VIP” clients, including those trading over $100 million per month, were engaged in prohibited practices such as pump-and-dump schemes and wash trading.

Wash trading is a type of market manipulation that can artificially inflate prices and lead investors to believe there is greater market liquidity than there actually is. Widespread crypto wash trading profoundly distorts markets, erodes investor trust, and skews financial market indices

The unnamed former Binance insider claimed that the exchange’s investigators identified $300 million worth of wash trading by DWF Labs in 2023, involving cryptocurrencies including the Yield Guild Game (YGG) token.

Binance concluded that the evidence of market abuse by DWF Labs was insufficient. As per WSJ article shortly after the report was submitted, the head of the surveillance team was dismissed.

The allegations against DWF Labs first surfaced in September 2023 after unusual on-chain activity was noted by the cryptocurrency community. Wintermute, another algorithmic trading firm, accused DWF Labs of misrepresenting their market activities. Yoann Turpin, co-founder of Wintermute, criticized DWF Labs during an interview at Token2049, arguing that they mislabel what are essentially over-the-counter trades as investments

In reply to these accusations both Binance and Dubai based DWF Labs have come out with statements denying these charges and defending their practices.

In a blog post on DWF Labs website, the firm noted, “DWF is a proprietary high-frequency trading firm founded in 2018 by a collective of academically distinguished researchers and professional quantitative traders from a top proprietary trading firm. Our organisation has deep expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced statistical methods, all of which we harness to execute high-frequency trading strategies across a vast array of digital asset products, including spot, perpetual contracts, and options markets. Our trading activities span over 60 centralised and decentralised venues, making DWF a prominent player in the financial technology landscape.”

The blog adds,” From day one, our goal has been to always uphold the highest standards of transparency, trust, and integrity.”

DWF Labs is trusted by over 700 companies, platforms, and institutions. The company states that it provides liquidity to markets for more than a quarter of the 100 largest crypto-native projects and our reach spans across the entire crypto ecosystem. They note that they are committed to supporting bold entrepreneurs by providing liquidity, contributing to Total Value Locked (TVL), operating validator nodes, and making venture investments.

DWF Labs cooperated with DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities centre) to support crypto startups and was named most active lead investor in 2023. It is also Bybit’s top liquidity provider according to their statements.

DWF Labs claims in its blog post that it has supported the integration to institutional wallets: TON <> Fireblocks , Conflux <> Fordefi, as well as Hackathons: TON, Viction, Conflux (U-Hack), Bybit x DMCC x DWF Labs including ecosystem funds and grants: Airdao, ZigCHAIN, TON, Theta, Algorand, Flare, EOS, Floki, API3, Kava, Gala Chain, Klaytn.

In a strong worded sentence, DWF Labs stated, “Establishments and fake media will not root the movement that Bitcoin started in 2009. We are in crypto for the very reasons why the establishments want to get rid of us.”

On another front Binance also faced the allegations with their own statement saying “Binance emphatically rejects any assertion that its market surveillance program has permitted market manipulation on our platform. We have a robust market surveillance framework that identifies and takes action against market abuse. Any users that breach our terms of use are off-boarded; we do not tolerate market abuse.”

Binance notes that over the last three years its team has offboarded nearly 355,000 users with transaction volumes of more than $2.5 trillion for violating their terms of use.

The crypto exchange added, “We have 190 million users. They can rest assured we do not favour any individual user, no matter how big, over the safety of the platform.  That said, these are not decisions we take lightly. We do deep investigations, using multiple tools, and only offboard clients when there is sufficient evidence, they have violated our terms of use. A recent independent investigation from Inca Digital into Binance’s market surveillance practices validates the effectiveness of our approach, finding “minimal signs of anomalous trading activities.”

Whether these allegations are part of a wider 21st century witch hunt or whether these are true representation of reality, what is for sure is that the crypto ecosystem as it grows is coming under increased pressure from the establishment!

Binance is and has blocked tens of thousands of suspicious cryptocurrency transactions in the UAE with many brokers and exchanges using Binance because of its significant liquidity pool, yet the crypto exchange is still facing regulatory scrutiny with Canada’s regulator recently fining Binance for non-compliance with the laws related to money laundering and terrorist financing.

This comes as Meera Judge, the Dubai-based director of regulatory licensing and policy at Binance speaking to Lara on the Block noted that while Binance is doing all it can to ensure utmost compliance, when it comes to exchanges working with Binance is up to them to ensure their own compliance.

By the end of February Binance had registered 178 million registered users, with $3 billion in net inflows between November 2023 and February 2024.

Lara on the Block asked Judge these questions after an interview with her appeared in AGBI magazine where she unveiled that Binance has blocked tens of thousands of suspicious crypto transaction in the UAE.

Judge told Lara on the Block, “Binance continues to go above and beyond industry standards to detect bad actors through proactive measures and collaboration with private and public entities. Binance takes any use of its platform to facilitate “illicit” activity very seriously. It has invested substantial resources in talent and tools to reduce this exposure even further, making Binance an industry leader in this respect.”

She adds, “We have worked hard to build a robust compliance program that incorporates anti-money laundering principles and tools used by financial institutions to detect and address suspicious activity. We proactively block users from sanctioned regions and do this through KYC and a variety of KYC/AML tools and vendors including, but not limited to, Jumio, Onfido, WorldCheck, Elliptic, and CipherTrace.

As Judge explains, their due diligence process includes screening users against extensive database via Refinitiv World-Check that contains major sanctions and terrorism lists. She adds, “This is done on an ongoing basis to ensure that we keep bad actors out of our platform.”

Binance is utilizing a team of 500 compliance officials worldwide, with 100 of them dedicated to transaction monitoring.

Judge believes that Binance’s operational stability is critical to the stability of the broader market, stating that Binance is the largest exchange in the world and is considered a systemically important financial infrastructure.

This however according to Judge doesn’t mean that Binance is responsible for the compliance of other crypto exchanges. She tells Lara on the Block, “Binance’s liquidity pool is significant, so many other broker-dealers and exchanges tend to use us, which is why we face additional scrutiny. Given that Binance’s liquidity pool is significant it is used by other broker-dealers and exchanges however it’s up to them to ensure their own compliance. Binance goes above and beyond industry standards, and we encourage others in the industry to endeavor to do the same.”

Binance has over the past years increased its efforts towards compliance especially as it works to gain regulatory status in several countries. It recently was awarded a regulatory license in the UAE. Earlier this year, Binance noted that it increased year-over-year spending on compliance from $158 million to $213 million, purchasing a raft of new software systems to block and report suspicious transactions. Binance also decided to bring back executive Steve Christie as its deputy chief compliance officer.

Despite all this, On Thursday May 9th 2024, Canada’s financial crime watchdog levied a fine equivalent to $4.38 million against Binance for compliance failings. The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada imposed an administrative penalty on Binance for non-compliance with the laws related to money laundering and terrorist financing.

The regulator, known as Fintrac, found administrative violations including a failure to register as a foreign money-services business and allegedly failing to report large virtual currency transactions of C$10,000 or more in the course of a single transaction, along with the prescribed information.

In 2023, Binance pleaded guilty to violating U.S. anti-money-laundering requirements and agreed to pay a $4.3 billion fine. The exchange also faces civil charges in a SEC lawsuit.

So while Binance has been trying to do so much to increase its compliance, and while Binance now holds a regulated license in the UAE blocking hundreds of thousands of suspicious crypto transactions, and as it announces its registration with the Indian Financial Intelligence Unit after the region banned the platform and over nine others in December 2023, it is still facing the heat in other countries across the globe.

Updated on May 13th 2024 with feedback from Binance