London-based crypto lender Nexo (NEXO) has shut down two of its subsidiaries located in the U.K. on May 11, Bloomberg News reported.
The lender is also going under an investigation in Bulgaria for allegedly being involved in an organized crime scheme, the Bloomberg article noted.
Branches shut down
The lender applied to the U.K. authorities to shut down Nexo Financial Services Ltd. and Nexo Clearing and Custody Ltd.
Nexo’s Co-founder Antoni Trenchev claimed that the branches were closed off due to company-wide “restructuring.”
According to Trenchev, Nexo is “rethinking the way” it goes about “servicing clients” but is not considering exiting the U.K. market.
The legal charges
In January, Bulgarian authorities raided Nexo’s offices in Sofia due to investigations into Nexo which started months ago.
In February, Bulgarian authorities charged four people working at Nexo and started investigating the lender. The prosecutors claimed these four individuals formed an organized crime group and committed money laundering, unlicensed banking activities, and tax and computer crimes.
However, this is not the only legal dispute the lender has been involved in. In June 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged the lender a $22.5 million penalty for failing to register its retail lending product. In January, Nexo settled with the SEC by paying $45 million in fines.
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