Thai SEC approves four crypto firms despite Zipmex problems

Thai SEC approves four crypto firms despite Zipmex problems
Thai SEC approves four crypto firms despite Zipmex problems

Thailand’s financial regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has approved four more crypto companies in the kingdom.

On August 4, it was reported in local media that the SEC had granted operating licenses to four more digital asset operators.

These include Krungthai XSpring, a crypto broker affiliated with one of the country’s leading banks, and crypto exchange T-BOX Thailand. Crypto advisor and fund manager Coindee and Leif Capital Asset Management, which also manages funds, also won regulatory approval.

However, the four firms are yet to start operations as the regulator still needs to inspect their operations.

Thailand now has 21 fully regulated digital asset operators, comprising nine exchanges, nine brokers and three fund managers. Thailand’s military-backed government has been largely tolerant of cryptocurrencies despite the central bank’s efforts to restrict them.

The report noted that another major player is waiting to enter the burgeoning Thai crypto market. Gulf Innova and Binance Capital Management aim to launch the jointly owned “Gulf Binance” crypto exchange and brokerage.

Crypto volumes in Thailand surged nearly 600% in early 2021 as the bull market built momentum.

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The move comes amid turmoil over Singaporean exchange Zipmex, which also operates in Thailand. Late last month, Zipmex Thailand suspended withdrawals for customers in the country using its ‘Z Wallet’. Shortly thereafter, the SEC launched a hotline for Zipmex customers to submit details of their losses.

On August 1, the SEC opened an investigation into Zipmex, claiming that the company may have violated trading rules by suspending withdrawals. It stated that the firm cited insufficient reasons for such actions as “market fluctuations.”

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The regulator ordered the firm to resume trading operations, and by August 3, Zipmex had resumed withdrawals for Solana (SOL) and Ripple (XRP) the next day, as reported by Cointelegraph. Withdrawals of larger assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum remain suspended, as do withdrawals from the ZipUp+ service.

On August 4, the firm tweeted that it was committed to resuming all services as soon as possible.

Zipmex was caught up in this year’s crypto contagion due to its exposure to Celsius and Babel Finance. On August 3, Zipmex Thailand CEO Akalarp Yimwilai said the parent company in Singapore had injected $5 million to offset the Celsius loss.