Binance Gets Its First Gulf Crypto Regulatory Nod in Bahrain


Binance Holdings Ltd. received in-principle approval from Bahrain’s central bank to be a crypto-asset service provider in the kingdom, according to a statement from the company.

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, still needs to complete a full application process, Chief Executive Officer Changpeng “CZ” Zhao wrote in an email to Bloomberg News. He said that would be completed “in due course.”

Changpeng Zhao

Photographer: Wei Leng Tay/Bloomberg

If successful, this would mark the first regulatory approval for a Binance entity within the Middle East or North Africa. The exchange has been attempting to expand its regional footprint, particularly in the Gulf, …

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