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Upbit Announces Expansion of Partnership With Chainalysis to Support Broader Asia Pacific Region

Korean cryptocurrency trading platform Upbit has reportedly expanded its partnership with Chainalysis, a blockchain analysis company, to provide support across the broader Asia Pacific (APAC) region. According to the duo, Upbit APAC will also use Chainalysis KYT (Know Your Transaction) to ensure safe, secure trading experiences… Read More

South Korean Government Says Blockchain Represents a “Golden Opportunity” for $1.6 Trillion Economy

South Korea’s government has argued that the blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) sector represents a “golden opportunity” for the $1.6 trillion economy. The nation’s authorities are calling on private sector firms to take advantage of the potential of DLT-based platforms. As reported by local… Read More

Bithumb Announces Integration With Blockchain-Based Digital ID Organization MyID Alliance

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb announced on Tuesday it has integrated with blockchain-based digital identification organization, MyID Alliance. Bithumb claims it is the first Korean virtual asset exchange to implement the distributed identification (DID) service performed by the organization. Bithumb Korea will notably participate as… Read More

South Korean Government to Contribute Up to $3.2 Million to Develop Local Blockchain and DLT Projects

Government agencies in South Korea have announced their plans to support the nation’s blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT) sector. They will reportedly contribute up to $3.2 million in capital to local firms to help integrate the technology into various platforms. The South Korean Ministry… Read More

South Korean National Assembly Introduces Amendment to Officially Bring Cryptocurrencies Under Country’s Legal System

The South Korean National Assembly introduced an amendment on March 5, 2020 which will officially bring decentralized cryptocurrencies under the $1.5 trillion economy’s legal system.  The amendment, as drafted, makes changes to the established Act on Reporting and Use of Specific Financial Information, in order… Read More

US Department of Justice Charges Two Chinese Nationals with Laundering $100 Million in Cryptocurrency from South Korean Crypto Exchange Hack

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has charged two Chinese nationals with laundering more than $100 million in cryptocurrency as part of an exchange hack orchestrated by North Korean perpetrators, according to a release. The laundering allegedly took place between December 2017 and April 2019…. Read More

South Korea’s Tax Authorities Recommend Imposing a Low-Level Trading Tax on Capital Gains Made from Cryptocurrency Transactions

South Korea’s tax authorities have advised the nation’s government to impose a low-level trading tax on capital gains made from digital currency trading before requiring Korean residents to pay a transfer income tax.  South Korea’s government will be introducing its new tax reform plan later… Read More

South Korean Government Sets Up Help Desk in Singapore to Assist Korean Fintech Firms in Expanding Operations into Southeast Asia

The South Korean government reportedly set up a help desk in Singapore in January 2020, in order to support Korean Fintech firms, as they continue to expand their business operations into Southeast Asia. This, according to Korea’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Commission (FSC). The… Read More

Fintech Projects Across the Globe Secured a Total of $137.5 Billion in Investments in 2019: Report

Europe has had a solid year in terms of total Fintech funding as it secured $58.1 billion in capital last year, which is significantly greater than the $43.4 billion the industry acquired back in 2018 – according to a recent report from Big Four auditing… Read More

Payments & Financial Crime Compliance Solutions Provider Pelican Announces Expansion to South Korea Through Strategic Partnership With CMSoft

Pelican, a global provider of AI-powered payments and financial crime compliance solutions for banks and corporates, announced on Tuesday it has expanded its global sales reach by partnering with CMSoft Co., Ltd in South Korea. According to Pelican, the new strategic partnership will enable the company… Read More

Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea to Issue Digital Diplomas Managed by Blockchain-based Platform

The Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in South Korea is planning to issue diplomas and certificates that are stored and managed on a blockchain-based platform. Due to the current coronavirus threat, the Korean university thinks it’s not safe anymore for students to get… Read More

Upbit Crypto Trading Platform Restores Depositing After $50 Million USD Hack

Korean cryptocurrency trading platform Upbit reinstated deposits January 13th after shutting them down in late November in response to a $50 million USD hack. Deposits have now been restored following an upgrade to the exchange’s wallet system, the exchange writes in a notice. Customers will, “need… Read More

Report: Korean Crypto Influencer Badly Beaten in Elevator

A Korean YouTube cryptocurrency promoter was badly beaten by two attackers in his apartment elevator early Friday morning, Coindesk Korea reports. Kyu-hoon “Spunky” Hwang sustained non-life threatening injuries but was rushed to hospital and remains hospitalized at the time of writing. According to Coindesk Korea, Hwang… Read More

South Korea’s Largest Digital Asset Exchange Bithumb Might Invest $8 Million in Country’s Regulatory Free Zone

Bithumb, South Korea’s largest digital asset exchange, might invest over $8 million into the nation’s regulatory sandbox program and ecosystem. Through its subsidiary GCX Alliance, Bithumb’s management has shown intent to invest up to 10 billion Korean won (appr. $8 million) into Korea’s regulatory free… Read More

South Korea Officials Cause Confusion With Drafting Legislation to Tax Individual Cryptocurrency Profit

South Korea officials are reportedly causing some confusion with the latest drafted legislation that will tax individual crypto profits. According to Cointelegraph, South Korea’s officials stated that under current law, the government cannot impose income taxes on individual profits that are from cryptocurrency transactions. South… Read More

South Korea Is Still Behind China and India in Terms of Fintech Adoption: Ernst & Young

South Korea’s government aims to continue to support the development of its Fintech industry. The nation’s authorities have launched regulatory sandboxes and are assisting internet-based banks in establishing their operations. However, a recent survey reveals that South Korea still needs to make significant improvements in… Read More

South Korea’s National Tax Service to Withhold $70 Million in Taxes from Leading Crypto Exchange Bithumb

The National Tax Service (NTS) of South Korea confirmed that it will be withholding taxes worth an estimated 80.3 billion Korean won (appr. $70 million) from Bithumb, the nation’s largest digital asset trading platform. Bithumb Holdings’ largest shareholder, Vidente, which operates Bithumb’s Korea division, confirmed… Read More

Over 40 South Korean Fintech Firms Operating as SMBs Failed to Pass Security Checks Needed to Obtain Open Banking Licenses

Over 40 Fintech companies operating as small and medium-sized (SMEs) businesses in South Korea reportedly were unable to clear the appropriate security checks needed to obtain final approval to take part in the open banking initiative. The Fintech companies had applied for operational licences in… Read More

Foreigners in South Korea May Use Alien Registration Cards to Open All-Digital Accounts with Kakao Bank in 2020

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Foreign residents in South Korea will have the option of using the all-digital Kakao Bank and K bank beginning next year, as the country’s financial regulators will let consumers use their alien registration cards to open accounts via the internet. South Korea’s financial regulator, the… Read More

South Korea’s Viva Republica, a Fintech that Developed Toss, a Financial Services Platform, Gets Initial Approval for Digital Banking License

South Korea-based Viva Republica, a Fintech firm that developed Toss, a financial services platform, has been given preliminary approval for an online banking license from the Financial Services Commission of Korea, according to a December 16 release. SG Lee, CEO at Viva Republica, stated: “Toss… Read More

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