OKEx and Huobi-Pro P2P trade launch

While Huobi issues a farewell to Bitcoin industry, rumors about p2p Bitcoin trading with support for fiat currencies (and the yuan) are spreading confidently
30 October 2017   1225

Chinese Bitcoin exchange Huobi issues a farewell to the industry as its shut down is planned for this Tuesday.

According to the exchange, Huobi China will "exercise full cessation of all digital assets against the yuan's trading business from 24:00, GMT+8" on October 31. Leon Li, the Founder of Huobi, claims that it would reimagine itself as an “integrated information and research service provider in the vertical field of Blockchain” dedicated to the Chinese market.

I believe that this is not only a milestone for Huobi but also a watershed in the history of Chinese digital assets and even a memorable day in the development of global digital assets.
 

Leon Li
Founder of Huobi

Still, there's a glimmer of hope.

According to local news feed on Twitter, the two umbrella exchanges, OKEx and Huobi-Pro, are “soon to launch” p2p Bitcoin trading with support for fiat currencies including the yuan.

While both OKEx and Huobi-Pro are international non-China based operations not subject to the domestic ban, the source speculates that through undisclosed mechanisms both could ultimately give access to Chinese traders.

In fact, OKEx itself somehow implies that "a New Era" is coming while announcing its future plans after the October 31 shutdown deadline.

We have nothing more to do but to wait, while the Chinese market situation is becoming more and more interesting. We'll keep you updated! 

Coinbase to Issue New Statement

As reported, company says it was wrong about SEC approval of acquisitions of Keystone Capital Corp., Venovate Marketplace Inc. and Digital Wealth LLC
18 July 2018   16

Vice President of Communications of Coinbase Rachel Horwitz denied the information that the company received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States for a deal to buy brokerage companies. This is reported by Bloomberg.

It is not correct to say that the SEC and FINRA approved Coinbase’s purchase of Keystone because SEC was not involved in the approval process. The SEC’s approval is not required for the change of control application. Coinbase has discussed aspects of its proposed operations, including the acquisition of the Keystone Entity, on an informal basis with several members of SEC staff.
 

Rachel Horwitz

Vice President of Communications, Coinbase

On Monday, a spokesman for Coinbase said that the company received permission from the SEC and the Agency for Regulation of Financial Institutions (FINRA) to purchase Keystone Capital Corp., Venovate Marketplace Inc. and Digital Wealth LLC.

However, despite the refutation from Rachel Horwitz, Coinbase still intends to obtain a license to carry out brokerage activities.