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Binance Co-Founder Yi He Responds to WSJ Report, Reaffirms Commitment to Market Surveillance

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Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, has found itself embroiled in a controversy following a report by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) alleging that the company fired an investigator who uncovered evidence of market manipulation by its client, DWF Labs.

The report has reignited the debate surrounding market manipulation in the crypto industry and the role of market makers in ensuring fair and transparent trading practices.


TLDR

  • The Wall Street Journal reported that Binance fired an investigator who uncovered evidence of market manipulation by its client, DWF Labs.
  • Binance’s market-surveillance team allegedly found that DWF Labs engaged in pump-and-dump schemes, wash trading, and price manipulation of several tokens, amounting to $300 million in wash trades in 2023.
  • Both Binance co-founder Yi He and DWF Labs have denied the allegations, with DWF Labs calling them “unfounded” and “competitor-driven FUD.”
  • Binance claimed that there was insufficient evidence of market abuse by DWF Labs and fired the head of the investigations team a week after the report’s submission.
  • The controversy highlights the ongoing issues surrounding market manipulation and the role of market makers in the cryptocurrency industry.

According to the WSJ, Binance’s market-surveillance team, which was hired to identify signs of market manipulation and other prohibited activities, discovered that DWF Labs, a prominent market maker and investor in the crypto space, had engaged in pump-and-dump schemes, wash trading, and price manipulation of several tokens.

The alleged manipulative activities amounted to $300 million in wash trades in 2023 alone.

The investigators submitted a report detailing their findings, but Binance reportedly determined that there was insufficient evidence of market abuse by DWF Labs.

Interestingly, just a week after the report’s submission, the head of the investigations team was fired, raising questions about the exchange’s handling of the situation.

Both Binance co-founder Yi He and DWF Labs have vehemently denied the allegations. In an X (formerly Twitter) post,

#Binance #BNB #Bitcoin #BTC #Crypto
People are inevitably influenced by their own culture, background, and biases. I am very grateful to the WSJ for their consistent and long-term devotion to Binance, which has greatly increased our exposure and saved us a lot of marketing…

— Yi He (@heyibinance) May 9, 2024

He described the media report as an occurrence that “greatly increased our exposure and saved us a lot of marketing budget.”

She also criticized the media for being driven by emotions and biases rather than facts, while reaffirming Binance’s strict market surveillance program and its commitment to not tolerating market abuse.

Similarly, DWF Labs stated that the allegations were “unfounded and distort the facts,” emphasizing that the firm operates with the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and ethics.

DWF Labs CEO Andrei Grachev has previously denied accusations of market manipulation in a September 2023 interview with Blockbeats, stating, “We are not involved in any manipulation.”

The controversy surrounding DWF Labs is not an isolated incident in the cryptocurrency industry.

Market making, which involves ensuring token liquidity across exchanges and minimizing price volatility, has been mired in controversy, with numerous accusations of foul play directed at the firms involved.

Other prominent market makers, such as Wintermute, have also faced scrutiny over their practices, with a class-action lawsuit against defunct crypto lender Celsius alleging that Wintermute helped prop up the value of Celsius’ CEL token through wash trading.

This is coming at a time when regulators worldwide are closely monitoring the industry, and exchanges like Binance are under pressure to demonstrate their commitment to preventing market manipulation and protecting investors.

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