In a surprising turn of events, Bittrex Global, a prominent cryptocurrency exchange, announced the impending closure of its operations just months after its U.S. counterpart faced a similar fate.
The platform will disable all trading activities on December 4, giving customers a narrow window to complete any essential transactions before the shutdown. After December 4, you can only make withdrawals. Despite regulations in Lichtenstein and Bermuda, the exchange has not offered a detailed explanation for this abrupt decision.
Furthermore, this move comes on the heels of Bittrex’s U.S. arm filing for bankruptcy in May and ceasing its operations. Bittrex Global and Bittrex made the filing in Delaware. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) embroiled the US in legal troubles. The SEC alleged that the exchanges operated as national securities exchanges without the necessary approvals.
CEO of Bittrex Global, Oliver Linch, had previously expressed determination to contest the SEC charges vigorously. Nevertheless, the U.S. arm opted to close its operations in April and later reached a $24 million settlement with the SEC in August.
Bittrex Global: SEC Woes Trigger Abrupt Closure
In an official statement released Monday, Bittrex Global expressed regret over its decision to wind down its operations. The company acknowledged that this may cause inconvenience to its valued customers.
It stressed that it was not resolved lightly. The lack of detailed reasoning behind the shutdown has left the cryptocurrency community speculating about the factors that led to this unexpected development.
Moreover, on December 4, Bittrex Global will cease trading activities. The crypto industry is closely watching, eager to understand the implications of this decision on the broader cryptocurrency landscape.
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