Bithumb to Expand to Thailand and Japan

Largest South Korean cryptocurrency exchange goes to new markets
16 July 2018   674

One of the largest crypto exchanges in South Korea, Bithumb is expanding to Japan and Thailand. Exchange is working to obtain regulatory approval of financial authorities in both jurisdictions. The new divisions are part of a larger scale plan for the global expansion of Bithumb, reports.

Bithumb is in talks with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Thailand. The company has already opened a division of Bithumb (Thailand) Company Limited with a registered capital of $ 90,000. 

Thailand is active in e-commerce and the fintech industry, and the government is showing great interest in digital currency as it promotes smart city business.


Thailand has recently completed the development of a regulatory framework for the regulation of the cryptocurrency and ICO. Bithumb is developing a website for a new unit, which will launch trading in late October.

As for Japan, all companies wishing to provide cryptocurrency exchange services in this country are required to receive approval of the local financial regulator of the Financial Services Agency (FSA). In light of the Coincheck hack the FSA tightened supervision over the trading floors and complicated the process of their registration.

Nevertheless, Bithumb expects to receive the approval of the regulator and start trading in the Japanese market in February next year. The company also stated that it "plans to create a exchange with the support of the largest number of coins in Japan".

Earlier, Bithumb said that she was looking for partners for expansion at the world level. According to the exchange, it cooperates with foreign companies in an attempt to create faster and more effective platforms for traders from around the world.

Bithumb is preparing exchange platforms for countries under the global expansion plan and we are looking for great and potential partners (corporation, entity or group) worldwide…The exchange platforms under final development stages are USD / JYP / EUR / CNY / INR / GBP / AUD / CAD / PHP / RUB and [there] will be more soon when there are any service demands.


According to Money Today, Bithumb also opened divisions in Singapore and the UK.

Bithumb to Lay Off 50% of Staff

Main reasons are economic and trading volumes fall, compared to 2018
19 March 2019   138

The largest South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has confirmed to CoinDesk its intention to lay off 50% of employees. Thus, the updated staff of the company will be 150 people.

Representatives of the site explained that firstly the company will be left by employees who have decided to resign on their own. Bithumb will provide them with assistance in finding a new job.

Economic reasons and the trading volumes fall compared to 2018 also affected the decision. At the same time Bithumb stressed that, as necessary, the exchange will continue to hire employees in various departments.

Earlier in March, plans to reduce staff was reported by the development team of the Dash Core Group. 8% of employees left the company, including a strategic director and director of business development.