Canadian Regulator OSC Takes Action Against Crypto Trading Platforms Kucoin and Bybit
The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has taken action against two cryptocurrency trading platforms. Kucoin is permanently banned from participating in Ontario’s capital markets. Bybit has promised to take steps to comply with regulations and register with the OSC.
OSC Sanctions 2 Crypto Trading Platforms
The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced Wednesday the outcome of enforcement actions against two foreign cryptocurrency trading platforms operating in its jurisdiction.
The first is Bybit, a crypto trading platform operated by Bybit Fintech Ltd., incorporated in the British Virgin Islands. The other is Kucoin, operated by Mek Global Ltd., incorporated in the Republic of Seychelles, and Phoenixfin Pte. Ltd., incorporated in Singapore.
“Bybit and Kucoin both operate unregistered crypto asset trading platforms and allowed Ontario investors to trade securities without a prospectus or any exemption from the prospectus requirements,” the Canadian regulator explained.
Regarding Kucoin, the announcement states:
The OSC successfully obtained orders permanently banning Kucoin from participating in Ontario’s capital markets and requiring Kucoin to pay an administrative penalty of CAD $2,000,000.
Kucoin must also pay a further CAD $96,550.35 ($74,497) towards the costs of the OSC’s investigation.
As for Bybit, the regulator settled with the exchange. The OSC explained that, unlike Kucoin, Bybit responded to its enforcement action, maintained an open dialogue, provided requested information, and committed to engaging in registration discussions.
The Canadian securities watchdog described:
As part of a settlement agreement, Bybit has disgorged USD $2,468,910 and paid a further CAD $10,000 towards the cost of the OSC’s investigation.
“Bybit has also given an undertaking to the OSC, which holds the firm accountable for taking steps to bring its operations into compliance,” the regulator added. The exchange will also require existing Ontario retail investors to wind down their positions in certain restricted products.
In March last year, the OSC told crypto trading platforms that offer derivatives or securities trading in Ontario to start registration discussions with it by April 19, 2021, or face enforcement action. The Canadian regulator noted:
Despite this warning, Bybit and Kucoin did not contact the OSC by the deadline and continued operations in Ontario.
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