Largest Korean Exchange to Open Singapore Office

The decision of Dunamu (Upbit's operator) to enter the Singapore market was influenced by the positive approach of the Monetary Authority of Singapore
20 September 2018   230

The operator of the leading South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Upbit, Dunamu, announced its intention to open another trading platform in Singapore in October. This is reported by CCN.

In a statement, Alex Kim, CEO of Upbit Singapore, said that users from Singapore will be able to trade all the cryptocurrencies, an integrated by partner exchange. The new platform will have a 24-hour security monitoring system.

He also noted that the decision of Dunamu to enter the Singapore market was influenced by the positive approach of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to regulation, as well as the desire of the country's government to create a powerful crypto and blockbuster industry.

Upbit is supporting the trading pairs with the Korean won since mid-2017 and intends to support the Singapore dollar after the opening of the new exchange. This suggests that the exchange has strong banking partners in the country that can support demand and interest in cryptocurrencies.

We felt the timing was right to expand globally despite various uncertainties surrounding the Korean market. One of the key functions of a crypto-asset exchange is to connect the real economy to cryptocurrencies, and we believe we can provide this bridge between Korea and the global market. We hope the blockchain regulatory guidelines will be established soon in Korea so that companies here can continue to grow their competitiveness.
 

Sigroo Lee

CEO, Dunamo

Upbit is a division of the South Korean technological giant Kakao. The launch of this trading platform took place in October 2017, and in this short time the exchange managed to become the 11th largest trading company in the world. Currently, the daily turnover of Upbit is about $ 160 million

Korean Exchanges to Ban Withdrawal for Unverified Users

This decision was made by Bithumb and Coinone for anti-money laundering policy implementation
18 September 2018   259

Bithumb and Coinone will deprive unverified users of the possibility to withdraw funds, Bitcoin.com reports.

The possibility of withdrawing the crypto currencies to Bithumb will be discontinued on October 1 for corporate market participants. For individual users, this restriction will take effect on October 15. According to the representatives of the exchange, the decision was made to implement the requirements of the anti-money laundering policy.

Representatives of the trading platform stressed that the limitation concerns only the possibility of issuing fiat funds.

The South Korean authorities ordered local crypto-exchanges to verify users in January. Exchange customers can use the so-called "real name system" to convert their accounts into verified and linked to the accounts of banks cooperating with platforms.

However, by now banks have provided this service only to the four largest South Korean exchanges - Bithumb, Upbit, Coinone and Korbit. Moreover, despite the efforts of the government, banks and the cryptoexchanges themselves, only 40-50% of traders took advantage of this service. At the same time, local banks exert pressure on the exchanges, so that the latter more actively comply with the requirements of the anti-money laundering policy.

A similar statement was made by the Coinone Exchange, all unverified users of which will not be able to withdraw Fiat after October 15.