Hits Regulatory Milestone in Korea After Two Acquisitions

  • secured an Electronic Financial Transaction Act registration by acquiring PnLink, and a VASP registration from buying OK-BIT.
  • While it remains unknown if the exchange can offer its full suite of services in the country, the VASP registration allows it to provide crypto exchange and custody services.
Kris Marszalek, Co-Founder and CEO at

Kris Marszalek, Co-Founder and CEO of, during RISE 2018 conference, Hong Kong, June 2018. Seb Daly/RISE via Sportsfile

Popular crypto exchange has obtained two key registrations in South Korea through the acquisition of two local companies, the exchange said in a press release on 8 August.

According to the announcement, secured the Electronic Financial Transaction Act through the acquisition of payment service firm PnLink Co., and the Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) registration by purchasing OK-BIT Co, though the size of the deals were not disclosed. These licenses expand’s reach in the area, and will allow the crypto exchange to provide trading and financial services within South Korea. The co-founder and CEO of, Kris Marszalek, said in a statement:

“This is an exciting next step for in an important market. We are committed to working with regulators to continue to bring our products and services to market, particularly in countries like South Korea where consumers have shown strong interest and adoption of digital currencies.”

Although the company did not mention whether it could now offer its full suite of crypto services in the country, the VASP registration will allow it to provide crypto exchange and custody services in South Korea. The Electronic Financial Transaction Act registration, on the other hand, keeps the company in compliance with the law when it comes to safety and reliability of electronic transactions.

Despite the current crypto market downturn — which has caused several crypto companies to file for bankruptcy — has made efforts to expands its services to new jurisdictions. The new acquisitions came shortly after received regulatory approval to operate in Italy, Greece, and Cyprus. The company has also received an in-principle approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and a provisional VASP license in Dubai.

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