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Judge Approves Binance's Voyager Acquisition Despite SEC Objections

Binance has been given the green light to acquire Voyager Digital's assets inspite of objections from the SEC that the deal could be discriminatory.

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Binance.US has been approved to acquire Voyager Digital's assets after a bankruptcy judge overruled objections from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Last month, the SEC said in a filing that the US$1 billion deal could violate laws and might be discriminatory. The SEC was particularly concerned about how Binance plans to repay Voyager’s former customers.

US Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael Wiles said he was "absolutely shocked" at the SEC for interfering without explaining giving guidance.

Read more: Judge Slams SEC's Objections to Binance-Voyager Deal

On Tuesday, Wiles approved the deal, which was supported by 97% of Voyager creditors. The $1 billion deal would see creditors potentially making a 73% recovery of their lost assets.

“I cannot put the entire case into indeterminate deep freeze while regulators figure out whether they believe there are problems with the transaction and plan,” Wiles said.

Wiles will sign a court order approving the sale upon the finalization of the wording.

US Department of Justice lawyer Peter M. Aronoff said federal officers are considering appealing the decision. The SEC and other federal lawyers said the deal could undermine future efforts in policing the crypto scene.

Concerns were also shared that Voyager customer data, including Social Security numbers, could be shared with Binance.US and its offshore databases.

At the time of writing, Voyager's token VGX is up over 22.5% to just under $0.50.

Meanwhile, Telegram messages from Binance executives have revealed how the firm tried to avoid US regulatory scrutiny through Binance.US.

A report by the Wall Street Journal detailed the messages and documents from 2018 to 2010, as well as interviews with former employees. Its conclusion is that Binance and Binance.US are "much more intertwined than the companies have disclosed."

Read more: "Be Creative And VPN": Binance Execs' Messages Show Plan to Dodge US Regulation

The findings are critical as US regulators could claim power over Binance's entire business if they also reach the same conclusion.

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