Bybit Halts Services in the UK Amid Tightening Regulations



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

Bybit Halts Services in the UK Amid Tightening Regulations
Bybit Halts Services in the UK Amid Tightening Regulations © Getty Images News/Chris McGrath

Bybit, a leading cryptocurrency exchange based in Dubai, recently declared its intent to suspend its services in the United Kingdom (UK). The suspension is a direct consequence of upcoming regulations from the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

A Proactive Stance on New Regulations

On September 22, Bybit conveyed its decision to halt services for UK residents. Starting October 1, the exchange will cease to accept new account applications from the region. This initial move will quickly be succeeded by a more comprehensive suspension on October 8.

From this date, existing users will find themselves unable to make new deposits, initiate new contracts, or amend their current positions. “In light of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s introduction of new rules regarding marketing and communications by crypto businesses [...] Bybit has made a choice to embrace the regulation proactively and pause our services in this market,” stated the company in its announcement.

Bybit's Strategic Global Shifts

The forthcoming halt in the UK isn't Bybit's first such action.

The exchange took comparable measures in Canada earlier this year in May. The reasoning cited for the Canadian cessation was "recent regulatory development." Despite these rollbacks in certain regions, Bybit remains strategic and adaptable.

In a testament to its global expansion endeavors, the firm entered the Kazakhstani market in May. They didn't just establish a presence but acquired in-principle approval to function as a cryptocurrency custody service provider.

Bybit's proactive suspension in the UK underscores a broader trend in the crypto sphere. Many companies in this domain are opting for caution, prioritizing compliance with regulations to safeguard their operations and their users.

Bybit elucidated its stance, asserting that the suspension "will allow the company to focus its efforts and resources being able to best meet the regulations outlined by the UK authorities in the future." The balance between innovation and regulation remains a tightrope walk for crypto enterprises.

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