Binance’s attempts to bridge traditional markets with the cryptocurrency space in the form of fractionalized stock tokens has drawn the attention of Germany’s financial regulator.
The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) warned on Wednesday that the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange could face heavy fines for launching security-tracking tokens without an accompanying investor prospectus.
Binance launched fractionalized stock tokens for Apple, MicroStrategy and Microsoft on April 26, adding to tokens for Coinbase and Tesla which launched earlier in the month. The exchange had employed German equity firm CM-Equity AG to hold its “depository portfolio of underlying securities” which Binance claims provides full financial backing for the tokens.
The regulator said Binance’s failure to provide an investor prospectus for either of the stock tokens it launched was a violation of European Union securities law and could result in Binance facing a fine of five million euros ($6 million).
“BaFin has grounds to suspect that Binance Germany is selling shares in Germany in the form