Bithumb Pledges $8M to South Korea’s ‘Regulation-Free’ Blockchain Zone

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has pledged to invest roughly $8 million into the Busan blockchain zone. The region was recently declared “regulation-free” by the national government and modeled after the Switzerland town of Zug. Bithumb’s subsidiary GCX Alliance will discuss the preliminary plans with the Financial Services Commission (FSC) this month. Also read: Mining…

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South Korean Court Sets Compensation Precedent for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

On September 27, 2019, a South Korean court made a landmark ruling concerning local cryptocurrency exchange Coinone which could affect the way exchanges function going forward.  According to local news coverage of the filing, the Seoul Southern District Court wants the exchange to cover losses that occurred due to loopholes in its security policy. In…

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Korea: Opposition Party Boasts Pro-Crypto Policy in Contrast to Gov’t

South Korea’s main opposition party, the Liberty Korea Party (LKP), is poised to unveil its policy for cryptocurrencies and crypto exchanges. As Cointelegraph Korea reported on Sept. 19, the LKP’s stance appears to be more radical and pro-innovation than that of the current government, notably in its support for the authorization of tokenized securities.  Authorizing…

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South Korea’s Shinhan Brokerage to Offer Blockchain-Based Securities Lending

Shinhan Financial Investment will soon be offering peer-to-peer (P2P) stock lending via the blockchain. When the new service is introduced this year, individuals will be able to borrow and lend securities with other individuals directly, rather than going through an intermediary. The Economic News and other local Korean media reported the news. Securities lending and borrowing transactions are…

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