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Singapore-based Fintech Firm M-DAQ Wins Backing of Samsung Group’s VC Fund to Expand Operations in South Korea

Singapore-based Fintech firm M-DAQ Pte, a company that develops over-the-top (OTT) applications to enable international business transactions for various industries, has reportedly won the backing of Samsung Group’s VC fund in order to expand its operations into South Korea and other regions. Following Samsung’s investment… Read More

Bank of Korea Official: No Need for a Central Bank Digital Currency in Developed World

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Hong Kyung-sik, head of Bank of Korea’s Banking and Financial Affairs Division, told an audience at the ‘Hoyoung Viewing the Future of Payments’ conference Tuesday that countries with developed payments infrastructures like Korea do not need a central bank digital currency (CBDC), Coindesk Korea reports. Hong… Read More

ICONLOOP Raises USD 8 Million in Series A

Prominent blockchain startup ICONLOOP has raised KRW 10 billion (over USD 8 million) in Series A funding. ICONLOOP, based in South Korea, says this is the first VC investment since its launch in 2016. Investors included Korea Technology Finance Corporation (KOTEC) and T.S. Investment. ICONLOOP… Read More

Korean Mobile Payments App CHAI and BGF Retail Are Developing a Blockchain Platform for Offline Payments

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South Korean mobile payments app CHAI and BGF Retail, which manages CU, Korea’s largest convenience store chain with around 13,500 locations, are developing a blockchain-based platform for conducting offline payments.  The nation’s consumers will be able to make payments by scanning and completing transactions with… Read More

97% of South Korean Crypto Asset Exchanges Could Be Shut Down Due to New Regulatory Requirements: Report

South Korea’s regulators have consistently preferred supporting blockchain-related initiatives over decentralized crypto tokens. Recent events confirm that the nation’s authorities are more inclined to support blockchain technology itself rather than investments in speculative cryptocurrencies.  According to local reports, approximately 97% of local crypto-asset exchanges might… Read More

South Korean Enterprise Blockchain Developer Blocko Launches Operations in the UAE

Blocko, a South Korean enterprise-grade blockchain development firm, is launching its operations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after securing funding in Europe and the Asia Pacific region.  UAE’s financial hub, Dubai, announced the Emirates Blockchain Strategy 2021 in April 2018. The nationwide strategy involves… Read More

Korean Crypto Exchange Coinone Ordered to Compensate Customer Who Lost Funds in Hack

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Coinone, a popular cryptocurrency exchange in Korea, has been ordered by a judge in Seoul to pay 25 million won (~$20 780 USD) to a customer who had his exchange accounts drained in a hack. According to Chosun IT, this is Korea’s first case of a… Read More

International Standards Body Says Cryptocurrency Holdings Are Not Cash, But May Qualify As Intangible Asset

Cryptocurrency holdings are not considered cash, however, they may be classified as an intangible asset, according to the Korea Accounting Institute, which referenced decisions made following a conference in London (in June) by the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC). London-headquartered IFRIC, a global accounting… Read More

Report: 97% of Korean Crypto Exchanges Close to Bankruptcy

97% of Korea’s 200 cryptocurrency exchanges are at risk of bankruptcy as low volume and tightening regulations temper what was once one of the world’s busiest crypto-trading markets, Business Korea (BK) reports. Local exchange revenues are also being diminished as Korean crypto-coin projects increasingly seek to… Read More

ICONLOOP Applys Blockchain Service Broof to Co-Purchasing Art Service Platform ARTnGUIDE

ICONLOOP, a blockchain enterprise based in South Korea, announced on Tuesday it has apply its blockchain-based certificate issuance service, which is called broof, to ‘ARTnGUIDE’, an online service platform in Korea for co-purchasing works of art operated by Yeolmae Company. ICONLOOP reported it has signed… Read More

To Align With FATF Guidelines, South Korea Will Directly Regulate Crypto Exchanges

South Korean financial regulators are planning to align the country with widely adopted FATF global guidelines by directly regulating crypto exchanges in the country under a licensing regime, Business Korea (BK) reports. The new FATF guidelines require crypto exchanges to report transactions that exceed a certain… Read More

Fintech Viva Republica Raises $64 Million at $2.2 Billion Valuation

Viva Republica, a payments and transfer Fintech that operates under the Toss brand, has raised $64 million in funding at a $2.2 billion valuation. The funding was led by Hong Kong-based Aspex Management. Existing investors Kleiner Perkins, Altos Ventures, Goodwater Capital, GIC, Sequoia Capital China,… Read More

ICOs Still Forbidden as Korea Designates “Blockchain Special Zone” in Busan

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Korea’s central government has designated port city Busan as a “special free zone” for the development of blockchain technology (encrypted and distributed databases), but has stopped short of permitting ICO’s, FN News reports. The designation was made as part of a program implemented by the… Read More

South Koreans Lost $2.7 Billion in Crypto Scams 2017-2019

Data from the Korean ministry of Justice indicates that South Koreans lost $2.7 billion USD (2.7 trillion KRW) in cryptocurrency scams between July 2017 and June 2019, Korea Herald reports. The ministry also said it has indicted and detained 132 individuals accused of cryptocurrency fraud and… Read More

ICONLOOP’s Blockchain based Digital ID Service Approved by South Korean Financial Services Commission

ICONLOOP, one of the largest blockchain enterprises in South Korea, has received regulatory approval for its ID services, according to a note from the company. ICONLOOP uses a proprietary blockchain engine “loopchain.” ICONLOOP has created a blockchain based digital ID service that may be used… Read More

Compelled: South Korean Crypto Exchanges Amend Terms to Make Selves Liable for Losses

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Following a recommendation made last year in April by Korea’s Fair Trade Commission, five cryptocurrency exchanges in the country have updated their terms of service to state they can be liable for losses resulting from cyberattacks or system malfunctions, YonHap News reports.  The new language… Read More

Korean Marketplace Lender PeopleFund Raises $35 Million

PeopleFund, a South Korea based online lender, has raised $35 million as part of an extension of a Series B funding round which was announced in October 2018.  PeopleFund is a marketplace lending platform which means it accepts investments from both individuals and institutions. PeopleFund… Read More

Korean Government Convenes Emergency Meeting to Address Stirring Crypto Markets

Stating that they plan to “closely monitor market condition(s)… (and) strictly control…illegal acts such as fraud and (multilevel marketing),” officials from the Korean Department of Justice and the Financial Supervisory Commission held an emergency meeting May 28th to “examine…virtual currency market trend(s)” in the wake of price… Read More

Seoul Building Data-Surveilling “Smart City” Undergirded by Blockchain, AI

Seoul’s blockchain-enthused mayor, Park Won-soon, has announced at the Korean Future Forum his administration’s plans to turn Seoul into a data-accumulating “smart city” using a network of 50 ooo censors, blockchain databases and AI (artificial intelligence), Korean media outlet Queen reports. A cadre of business,… Read More

Asia Crypto-Law Round Up

Asia Business Law Journal (ABLJ) has published a comprehensive article on the current state of crypto law in Asia. Here, we provide a summary of the most salient point presented by ABLJ from each region. Philippines According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Global growth… Read More

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