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Binance tried to hire Gary Gensler in 2018 for closer ties with U.S. regulators: Report

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Update (March 5, 9:22 p.m. UTC): This article has been updated to include Binance's response. Crypto exchange Binance sought to hire Gary Gensler as an advisor before he became chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), according to a Wall Street Journal report based on messages and documents from 2018 and 2020, as well as interviews with former employees.

Gensler was approached by the crypto firm while teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2018 and 2019.

During that tim, he was a former Commodity Futures Trading Commission chair as well.Messages from Binance's executives seen by the newspaper indicate that Ella Zhang, then head of Binance’s venture investing arm, and Harry Zhou, co-founder of Binance-invested firm Koi Trading, met with Gensler in October 2018.

After Gensler declined the advisor position, Zhou wrote in the chat: According to a Binance employee, Gensler would be “likely back in a regulators seat if Dems win the 2020 election.” The second meeting took place in March 2019 in Tokyo between Gensler and Binance's founder Changpeng "CZ" Zhao.

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