Binance launches new website for Bahrain, binance.bh
Binance has officially launched its operation in Bahrain, allowing local users to trade cryptocurrencies and other digital assets through a dedicated website, binance.bh.
The milestone comes shortly after the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) granted Binance its Category 4 license as a fully-fledged crypto-asset service provider (CASP). The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange received the licence after reportedly meeting all of the operational, technical, and security requirements outlined by the CBB.
Binance Bahrain was the first exchange to be granted a category 4 license by the CBB. The platform secured its preliminary authorization to establish a crypto-asset business, paving the way for it to begin operations within the country.
Before that, it was granted an “in-principle” decision, which was the first stage of the full authorization process whereby the applicant needs to satisfy the CBB on one or more requirements in order to obtain a license. The upgraded license allows the world’s biggest crypto ecosystem to offer a full-suite of crypto exchange services in Bahrain.
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The crypto-asset license will allow Binance to provide crypto-asset trading, custodial services and portfolio management to customers under the supervision of the Bahrain regulators.
The approval comes as Binance is trying to upgrade its regulatory profile worldwide, part of an attempt to undo regulatory red flags and reinvent itself as a regulated financial firm.
Binance also received an in-principle approval (IPA) from the Abu Dhabi Global Market’s (ADGM) Financial Services Regulatory Authority (the FSRA). The licence allows the crypto giant to operate as a broker-dealer in digital assets.
Once Binance has satisfied all IPA conditions and receives its Financial Services Permission (FSP), it will be able to offer its services to customers outside the GCC region, as well as the currently-serviced GCC region. In addition to servicing a broader range of customers, the FSP from the ADGM FSRA will enable Binance to list a greater number of virtual asset pairs provided they meet the Accepted Virtual Assets criteria set out by the FSRA.