Bithumb to Launch Global OTC Platform

Ortus is a block deal, matchmaking service specifically for institutional clients around the world and is registered in Hong Kong
08 February 2019   1124

The South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb announced the launch of its own over-the-counter platform, access to which will be provided to investors all over the world.

The new unit, Ortus, is registered in Hong Kong and is a block deal, matchmaking service specifically for institutional clients around the world.. Company offices are also located in the UK, Japan, Australia and Argentina.

To connect to the platform, customers will have to go through a “demanding” registration process, which includes the provision of documents related to their identity and anti-money laundering. Ortus supports transfers from US bank accounts and provides custody services. What digital assets will be presented on the platform is not reported.

Institutions trading digital assets need to open accounts at exchanges and OTC desks around the world; however, there is no real solution for an aggregated liquidity provider or a trusted interdealer where Institutions can trade these assets. To fill this market gap, Ortus will operate to allow institutions to buy and sell digital assets through a network of global liquidity providers and benefit from a competitive and best price execution service.
 

Rahul Khanna

Director, Bithumb

Last month, Bittrex launched an OTC platform with support for approximately 200 digital assets.

Bittrex to Go For Maintenance After 1/3 Funds Moved

Users suspects hack, but exchange says "funds are safe"
05 December 2019   75

The Bittrex cryptocurrency exchange has announced scheduled maintenance today, December 5, from 22:00 to 23:00 (GMT). On the eve, a third of its assets were transferred to an unknown wallet.

During maintenance, users will not be able to log into the system or use the APIs. Trading will be suspended.

On December the 4th, populat Twitter account posted that "43,564 #BTC (313,074,134 USD) transferred from Bittrex to unknown wallet." Users suspected that the exchange was hacked, but the exchange . 

Closures for scheduled maintenance only heightened suspicion. However, the Bittrex team assures that "that claim is false."