Bithumb to Expand to Thailand and Japan

Largest South Korean cryptocurrency exchange goes to new markets
16 July 2018   256

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, Bitcoin.com 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.
 

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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.
 

Bithumb 

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

Crypto Exchanges are finding it Hard to buy Insurance

At present cryptocurrency exchanges are having a difficult time gaining an insurance policy because of security problems and countless cyberheists
27 June 2018   339

As claimed by Business Korea, cryptocurrency exchanges are now in negotiations with insurance firms. The Korean Blockchain Association is having a conversation with Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance Co. and Hanwha General Insurance Co. in order to understand how crypto exchanges can take out an insurance policy. The Korean Blockchain Association has been conducting the negotiations on behalf of their member cryptocurrency exchanges since April 2018. The Association aimed to choose a definite insurer that its members can acquire insurance from. Insurance firms have been extremely reluctant and hesitant to insure cryptocurrency exchanges because of security issues and insufficient credibility.

Firstly, the association considered it an excellent possibility for both parties if one insurer could secure many cryptocurrency exchanges in one go. They initially hosted an event to brief insurance firms and let the members to select their preferred insurer. After the Bithumb hack happened recently, insurance companies have become more unwilling and uncooperative, especially since the damages were worth approximately $31.46 million.

The Korea Blockchain Association emphasized a stronger internal control system and security at the earlier sessions. But we cannot trust it as even the largest cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea was exposed to cyber attacks. There are no statistics related to the risks of virtual currencies both at home and abroad and it is still not sure whether an insurer can accept exchanges as its policyholders as a group, which are smaller and riskier than Bithumb.
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Business Korea proposed that insurance organizations could compensate their risk by working with reinsurance companies, the structures that provide insurance for insurers, when the insurance companies decide choose not to work with crypto exchanges. The problem is reinsurance companies might not decide to insure the insurance firm if they cannot trust the level of security from cryptocurrency exchanges.

When insurance companies can increase premiums for cryptocurrency exchanges and enforce greater security measures, the question is, how efficient are the insurances? The present limit of liabilities when it comes to insurance for crypto exchanges is approximately $2.7 million to $4.49 million. Reuters informed in February 2018 that many insurers were not yet convinced the cryptocurrency industry would be large enough for premiums to cover potential losses. According to CoinMarketCap, the cryptocurrency industry’s total market capitalization was approximately $500 billion.