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    +35.90 (+2.04%) Receives South Korean Regulatory Licenses After Buying Local Firms

Digital asset exchange said on Monday it has acquired South Korean payment service firm PnLink Co. and virtual-asset exchange OK-BIT Co.

  • The move has allowed to secure the Electronic Financial Transaction Act and Virtual Asset Service Provider registration licenses in Korea. These licenses are provided to trading and financial firms to conduct business legitimately within Korea and extend services to locals.

  • “This is an exciting next step for in an important market,” Kris Marszalek, co-founder and CEO of, said in a statement. “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.”

  • did not disclose the deal size or whether the firm would face any regulatory hurdles.

  • The acquisitions come in the middle of a crypto market downturn, which has pushed several large exchanges to cut jobs and revise their growth plans.

  • However, in the midst of the downturn, has made several strides to expand. It recently received regulatory approval to operate in Italy, and Greece. In June, it obtained a license in Singapore, and in March the exchange opened an office in Dubai.