Binance’s Asia-Pacific Head Exits Amidst Regulatory Storm

Amidst mounting challenges, Binance’s leadership faces an uncertain future.

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  • Leon Foong resigned as Binance’s Asia-Pacific head.
  • Binance continues to face escalating regulatory scrutiny.
  • The exchange previously witnessed the exit of four key executives.

Amidst a surge in global regulatory pressure on the industry, prominent cryptocurrency exchange Binance has been under increasing scrutiny. 

The exchange, which has had to navigate various legal hurdles, is simultaneously experiencing internal upheaval as its Asia-Pacific head joins a growing list of key executives to resign. 

Leadership Altered Amidst Regulatory Pressure

Asia-Pacific head at Binance, Leon Foong, recently exited the exchange amidst several regulatory crackdowns and challenges. In an August 30 report, Bloomberg revealed that Foong tendered a resignation letter to the exchange after years of contributions. 


During his term, the APAC head was pivotal in forging strategic partnerships for the exchange, facilitating expansion into major countries such as Thailand, South Korea, and Japan. 

While the reasons for Foong’s departure are yet to be officially disclosed, speculation suggests that the new exit is simply the latest in a string. Similarly, in July, Binance announced the exit of four high-profile executives, including its Chief Strategy Officer, Patrick Hillman, and Senior Vice President of Compliance, Steven Christie.

Global Regulatory Pressure on Binance 

Despite its significant success, Binance’s journey as a cryptocurrency exchange has been marked by several regulatory challenges across multiple jurisdictions. From lawsuits to accusations of facilitating illegal money transfers, the exchange continues to battle uncertainty and reputational damage. 


Although CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao previously dismissed the reports that these exits and its recent regulatory challenges are interconnected, users still worry about the current status of the exchange. 

On the Flipside

  • Amid these woes, Binance is looking to expand its offerings in Japan.
  • On August 31, Binance decided to discontinue BUSD support by 2024.

Why This Matters

The trend of departures of Binaces’s executives carries profound implications for the exchange’s reputation, particularly in light of the intensifying regulatory scrutiny it currently faces.

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Grace Abidemi

Grace Abidemi, a cryptocurrency reporter at DailyCoin, covers industry developments and trends. She previously worked as a freelance writer. With a Bachelor's degree in German Language and certifications in marketing and storytelling, Grace creates engaging content. When not working, she's in Nigeria, mastering cooking and canvas painting, and enjoys learning about different cultures and languages.