Binance CEO CZ summoned to appear in District of Columbia court
The SEC filed a summons order in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia today ordering Zhao to appear within 21 days of receipt.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ordered Changpeng Zhao, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, to appear in court, according to a tweet today by Fox Business reporter Eleanor Terrett.
The summons document, shared by Terrett, gives Zhao and his associated companies a 21-day window to respond upon successful service. If no response is received within this period, a judgment will be rendered against Zhao and his companies by default.
At press time, it is uncertain whether Zhao has been formally served with the court papers.
The potential consequences of a default judgment could be significant for Zhao and Binance. It could potentially lead to fines, penalties, or other regulatory actions that might impact the functioning of the cryptocurrency exchange.
Zhao, widely known as “CZ” in the crypto world, tweeted that the appearance notice was “just part of the SEC complaint process.”
CZ also noted that he has been told that he would not have to appear in person. “No need to FUD,” he added.
The SEC’s order for Zhao to appear in court is a clear sign of increasing regulatory focus on the burgeoning cryptocurrency sector. As the situation unfolds, market participants and observers will be watching closely for Zhao’s response and the potential implications for Binance and the wider crypto market.