BNB drops 10% after Binance closes $4.3 billion deal and CEO set to resign

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Binance Coin (BNB), the native token of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, saw a sharp 10% decline after it was reported that Binance was preparing to settle criminal complaints with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) by paying a fine of $4.3 billion. The Wall Street Journal has revealed that Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) will plead guilty to violating criminal anti-money laundering laws. At the same time, Binance will also plead guilty to a criminal charge related to money laundering offenses, which will result in a substantial fine. Additionally, CZ is expected to resign as CEO and Richard Teng is being considered as a potential successor.

Changpeng Zhao is scheduled to appear in federal court in Seattle to plead guilty. This legal step may further impact BNB price action as investors weigh the impact of CZ's guilty plea regarding violating anti-money laundering requirements.

The announced settlement involves Binance pleading guilty to a criminal charge related to money laundering offenses, resulting in a juicy $4.3 billion fine. These developments take place in an increasingly strict regulatory context in the cryptocurrency sector. The SEC's recent charges against Kraken further illustrate the regulatory scrutiny faced by industry participants. Additionally, market participants are expecting significant enforcement action from the DOJ, which only adds to the atmosphere of uncertainty and concern.

Despite the shocking revelations regarding the management of Binance and its impact on the crypto community, it is possible that there is still hope for an eventual recovery of the Binance coin and the entire cryptomarket if the affair finds its conclusion. After reaching a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and pleading guilty to the criminal charge, CZ can breathe easy, knowing that supervisory authorities have addressed his concerns and taken possible legal action.

Furthermore, this agreement could be considered a victory for regulators, especially in light of ongoing litigation between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Ripple Labs, which concerns the XRP cryptocurrency. A positive outcome in these cases could eventually boost confidence in the entire crypto industry and drive prices higher.

Currently, BNB is trading at $240 and is showing signs of recovery from its recent decline, which briefly reached $235 but managed to stay above the critical support level of $232. If the declines continue, BNB bulls will need to maintain support levels at $228, $217, and $214 to prevent the token from falling below the critical $200 threshold. However, let's assume that Changpeng Zhao and the new CEO of Binance can make a statement that reassures the community and provides a sense of calm. In this case, this could lead to renewed optimism and possibly halt the current downward trend in BNB.

The evolution of the situation, the next steps for the exchange and the fate of CZ remain to be awaited. The community and market participants eagerly await further developments and announcements that will mark the future of Binance and its native token BNB.