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After All the Drama, Binance Cancels Voyager Deal

Binance's Voyager deal which almost never happened, will now no longer happen

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Binance.US has pulled out of its Voyager Digital acquisition following months of drama involving the SEC and judges.

In a tweet, Binance cited "the hostile and uncertain regulatory climate in the United States" for its withdrawal, pointing towards "an unpredictable operating environment impacting the entire American business community."

Voyager described the development as "disappointing" but informed its followers that their Chapter 11 plans allow for "direct distribution of cash and crypto to customers (a “toggle option”) via the Voyager platform."

"Under the terms of the asset purchase agreement, Binance is required to destroy all customer information that it has received and permanently close and remove any accounts established with Voyager customer information," Voyager tweeted.

Voyager has been looking to raise funds after declaring bankruptcy last year. The Binance.US deal acquisition was supported by 97% of Voyager creditors. The $1 billion deal would have seen creditors potentially making a 73% recovery of their lost assets.

On and off again

Binance.US's acquisition of Voyager Digital's assets has been on the cards since the collapse of FTX.

FTX had initially bid for the crypto firm's assets for $1.4 billion after it declared bankruptcy in June, citing heavy exposure to 3AC. After the exchange collapsed, Binance swooped in with an offer 27% lower than its fallen rival at $1.022 billion.

Read more: Binance to Buy Voyager Digital’s Assets at Discount From FTX’s Offer

All seemed well until February 2023 when the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) vocalised its opposition to the deal. the SEC said in a filing that the deal could violate laws and might be discriminatory.

The SEC was particularly concerned about how Binance plans to repay Voyager’s former customers.

Read more: Binance Rekt by SEC Again as $1B Voyager Deal Opposed

Less than a month later, US Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael Wiles said he was "absolutely shocked" at the SEC for interfering without giving guidance.

“You come here and tell me … that I should stop everybody in their tracks because you might have an issue,” Wiles said, addressing counsel for the SEC. “It's kind of a weird objection.”

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

Wiles eventually approved the deal, overturning the SEC's objections. “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.

Read more: Judge Approves Binance's Voyager Acquisition Despite SEC Objections

Now, after all the back and forth, Binance has withdrawn from the deal, leaving Voyager and its customers hanging in the balance.

"We will now move swiftly to return value to customers via direct distributions. We will provide more information on next steps and any actions customers need to take in the coming days," Voyager tweeted.

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