Bloomberg: VIP clients knew in advance about the $4.3 billion fine for Binance

VIP clients of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange learned in advance about the upcoming settlement of the company's relations with the US authorities for a total unprecedented amount of $4.3 billion, Bloomberg sources say.

Clients were warned during a private dinner at Singapore's exclusive 1880 Club two months before the US Department of Justice officially announced charges against Binance. This allowed VIPs to gain insight into Binance's legal situation and take action in advance.

Participants at the dinner party began asking Binance representatives about the nuances of the company’s legal problems: whether the trading platform would be able to pay the fine. Some VIP guests, sources say, were convinced that the company would easily pay the $4.3 billion amount..

The event was not attended by then-Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao.. Instead, the guests were received by the current head of the company, Richard Teng..

Zhao and Binance co-founder Yi He did not appear in person at Binance's November blockchain event in Istanbul. Since May, Zhao has regularly asked fellow Binance executives to resign, Bloomberg sources said..

Previously, a Seattle court banned the former CEO of Binance from leaving the United States. Judge Richard A. Richard A. Jones said it is likely that Changpeng Zhao will remain on American soil until his final sentencing in February 2024.

Binance.US recently reported that Changpeng Zhao resigned from all leadership positions at the American subsidiary of the crypto platform and lost his tools to influence the management of the company.