22 months since Wells Fargo suspended the processing of withdrawals sent by four Taiwanese banks that service Bitfinex, the platform remains among the top 20 exchanges by adjusted volume. While Bitfinex hosted more than $5 billion in trade this past month, the exchange has struggled to establish reliable banking partners, with traders seeking to deposit fiat currency having been instructed to send funds via at least seven different banking institutions since the Wells Fargo suspension.
Bitfinex Directs Customers to Deposit Funds With Polish Bank 7 Months After Wells Fargo Termination
During Nov. 2017, it was reported that Bitfinex customers were being directed to deposit fiat currency with Polish-based bank Spółdzielczy w Skierniewicach under the account of Panama-based company Crypto SP, an account that was also revealed to be shared with cryptocurrency exchange CEX. Crypto SP was also found to be owned by Crypto Capital, a company owned by Ivan Manual Molina Lee, an individual found to be a nominee director for a number of Panama-based companies.
Later that month, the Paradise Papers evidenced that Tether and Bitfinex shared the same directors, contradicting Bitfinex’s previous assertions that the companies comprised completely separate entities.
During January 2018, it was reported that Bitfinex had been subpoenaed by the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The months following the news of the subpoena saw Bitfinex appear to cycle through banking partners in short succession, with traders being instructed to make fiat deposits with at least six different financial institutions between Feb. 2018 and Nov. 2018.
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