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Crypto traders see potential for other market platforms to exit after crypto derivatives exchange Deribit announced a move to Panama from its EU base in the Netherlands.

“This is something they had hinted at in an interview months ago, and it’s something I fully expect we see more of going forward in the crypto space,” trader.

Exiting EU

Deribit broke the news on Jan. 9, explaining its platform will move to Panama from the Netherlands, owing to stringent EU regulations the Netherlands may soon adopt, known as 5AMLD. The move will officially occur on February 10, 2020, Deribit said in a statement.

As part of the transition, Deribit announced upcoming changes to its Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements, adding two tiers of authorization on the platform, based on KYC data that customers provide.

Changing landscape

Deribit’s move comes in the midst of a changing regulatory landscape in the crypto space as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) tightens its watch. Cointelegraph reported on the SEC’s crackdown of initial coin offerings (ICOs) in 2018.

Exchanges have begun to take note of these changing tides. Binance announced a ban on U.S. customers in 2019, shortly before launching derivatives products. The exchange set up a separate regulatory-friendly U.S. outpost later in the year offering fewer features.

Seychelles-based derivatives giant BitMEX reportedly requires little KYC, although the platform bans certain locations based on their IP addresses.

Adding to his comment on Deribit, Prince noted:

“A lot of these derivatives venues and exchanges that tout no KYC requirements have been doing KYC for larger traders for a while now anyways. I fully expect to see more trading venues follow suit going forward.”

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