Crypto Exchange KuCoin Or Would You Trust An CEO Posing As An Monkey On Social Media?

KuCoin CEO poses as monkey on social media
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Established in 2017, KuCoin is one of the largest crypto exchanges worldwide, with more than 11 million customers. In an interview with Forbes in June 2022, its CEO Johnny Lyu said that they raised $20 million from IDG Capital and Matrix Partners. On Trustpilot, KuCoin has a Poor trust level with only 1.8 stars. Early Sept 2022, the Spanish regulator CNMV warned against the exchange. Its CEO presents himself as a sort of ape on social media. Would you really trust those guys? We wouldn’t!

Time To Grow Up?

Of course, one can say that it is petty to criticize the CEO of an unregulated financial provider for portraying himself as a monkey (?) on LinkedIn and Twitter. But we are talking about companies that solicit consumer funds and should follow regulatory rules. With companies like KuCoin and their relaxed relationship with legal and regulatory frameworks when dealing with their clients’ funds, dramas like Three Arrows Capital (3AC), Voyager Digital, or Celsius Network begin. It’s time to grow up.

Key Data

Trading nameKuCoin
Business activityCrypto exchange
Crypto derivate exchange
Legal entitiesMEK Global Limited, Seychelles
PhoenixFin Pte. Ltd, Singapore
Related individualsJohnny Lyu
InvestorsIDG Capital, Matrix Partners
JurisdictionsSeychelles, Singapore
WarningsFSA Seychelles,
RemarksOSC investigation qualified KuCoin
as securities trader

Short Narrative

MEK Global Limited, registered in Seychelles, and PhoenixFin Pte. Ltd in Singapore are the operating entities. In early August 2022, Canada’s Ontario Securities Exchange (OSC) warned against KuCoin for unauthorized securities trading based on a report of the Capital Markets Tribunal in Toronto.

An extensive investigation by the Capital Market Tribunal in Toronto has found that KuCoin crypto financial instruments such as the Crypto Futures Contract qualify as securities. The crypto exchange does not have the required permission to engage in securities trading. After the OSC‘s published investigation, KuCoin removed the legal entities from its Terms of Use and Privacy Policy pages. Apparently, they do not want to make it too easy for the regulators.

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