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KuCoin Cooperates With Major Law Firm To Resolve Lawsuits from DOJ and CFTC

KuCoin's legal battle with the DOJ and CFTC might come to a swift conclusion thanks to a partnership with global legal giant A&O Shearman
KuCoin Fight Off DOJ and CFTC

After securing initial agreements with the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to resume operations in India, global cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin sat down with CoinEdition. In the interview, KuCoin shared their upcoming plans for the Indian market and solutions for their ongoing legal battles with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

In a significant milestone, KuCoin has become the first foreign digital asset service provider to receive approval from India’s anti-money laundering authority, alongside Binance. This approval underscores KuCoin’s commitment to local regulations, ensuring user asset safety, and fostering a transparent crypto environment.

Globally, KuCoin’s agreement with India’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) aligns with its strategy to enhance legal standards and promote a secure, regulated blockchain ecosystem. This achievement in India boosts KuCoin’s optimism in addressing money laundering allegations brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in March 2024.

KuCoin emphasizes the importance of addressing DOJ and CFTC allegations and has actively cooperated with regulators and legislators to facilitate investigations. The partnership with A&O Shearman, a leading global law firm, highlights KuCoin’s regulatory compliance efforts, according to CEO Johnny Lyu.

A&O Shearman, formed from the merger of UK’s Allen & Overy and US’s Shearman & Sterling on May 1, 2024, is a global legal powerhouse. The firm boasts over 3,900 lawyers and 3,000 other staff across 47 offices, with a combined revenue of approximately $3.5 billion, providing expert guidance in a complex legal and geopolitical landscape.

Additionally, KuCoin announced a partnership with Bugcrowd, a community security platform, to enhance platform security and counter corruption attempts, reinforcing its stance against the DOJ/CFTC money laundering charges.

In recent years, the CFTC, DOJ, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have frequently targeted crypto service providers. Notable cases include Coinbase and FTX, often accused of securities violations.

The most notable case involved Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, which faced money laundering charges from the DOJ and CFTC, culminating in a $4 billion settlement and the resignation of CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ).

Last December, KuCoin settled a lawsuit with New York State by paying a $22 million fine for listing unregistered securities and operating without a license.


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