Binance CEO denies report firm met with Abu Dhabi investors for crypto recovery fund

Changpeng Zhao, chief government officer of crypto trade Binance, has denied a report claiming he met with investors in Abu Dhabi in an effort to boost money for the corporate’s crypto recovery fund.

According to a Nov. 22 report from Bloomberg, CZ and others affiliated with Binance mentioned elevating money for its proposed fund, aimed toward serving to tasks with potential liquidity points. Zhao and the Binance group reportedly met with potential backers related with United Arab Emirates National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed, whereas a Binance spokesperson mentioned the conferences had been “centered on normal international regulatory issues.” CZ pushed again towards the report on Twitter, saying solely it was “false.”

The Binance CEO first introduced the fund on Nov. 14 following FTX’s “liquidity crunch” and chapter submitting. It’s unclear how giant the crypto trade supposed the fund to be. FTX’s chapter filings steered the firm owed greater than $3 billion, whereas it had barely greater than $1.2 billion in money as of Nov. 20. However, CZ added on Twitter that the fund was by no means supposed for “liars or frauds.”

Binance and CZ turned entangled within the FTX debacle after asserting the trade deliberate to liquidate its provide of FTX Token (FTT) and discussing a potential bailout on the request of then CEO Sam Bankman-Fried. Binance pulled out of the potential deal lower than 48 hours later, FTX filed for chapter, and Bankman-Fried resigned.

“If we will’t assist him, there’s in all probability no one else that may,” mentioned CZ on Nov. 17 in reference to a name with Bankman-Fried concerning FTX. “Probably a bunch of individuals handed on the deal earlier than us.”

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Based in Dubai since October 2021, CZ has been steadily pushing for adoption within the Middle East. In September, Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority gave the inexperienced mild for Binance to supply digital asset companies to certified retail and institutional investors. Abu Dhabi’s Global Market and Financial Services Regulatory Authority granted Binance related approval to supply crypto companies in November.