BitBay to Move to Malta

Largest Polish cryptocurrency exchange is forced to move to Malta due to banking issues
30 May 2018   1689

The larges cryptocurrency exchange of Poland Bitbay decided to suspend its activities in the home jurisdiction, as banks no longer want to cooperate with it. The exchange will move to Malta, whose laws are more welcoming to the participants of the cryptocurrency market, and will work under the guidance of the new operator. 

Bitbay writes that its activities in Poland directly depend on interaction with local banks, but the last Polish bank that serviced the exchange accounts decided to suspend cooperation in the end of May.

Bitbay will close access to Polish zloty accounts after May 31. Other functions of the site will be available in full scale, however, after September 17, all trading activity on the site will be suspended, and users will only be able to withdraw their money and will not be able to make deposits.

Clients of the company will have the opportunity to register again, after the exchange has reinstated its activities in Malta. Although the platform will be managed by a new operator, it will retain the bitbay.net domain and the BitBay trademark.

Binance Singapore Unit to Apply For License

Under the new law, aimed at regulating crypto paymetns and trading, firms must register with the Monetary Authority to receive a license
17 February 2020   260

Binance, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange unit, has applied for a license under the new Payment Services Act, which entered into force on January 28.

We have already applied. We submitted the application pretty fast. Binance’s Singapore entity has been in close touch with the local regulators, and they have always been open-minded.

 

Changpeng Zhao

Founder and CEO, Binance

Under the new law, crypto companies in Singapore must register with the Monetary Authority and receive one of three licenses: an exchange of money, a standard or large payment institution. The measure is aimed at regulating payments and crypto trading using requirements for participants in the traditional finance industry. Zhao did not specify which of the licenses Binance Singapore chose.

Binance has been offering crypto-fiat trading services in Singapore since April 2019 and works with eight coins, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP. The trading platform is supported by Vertex Venture Holdings, a venture division of Singapore's Temasek Holdings.