Thailand's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a police complaint against cryptocurrency exchange Zipmex and Akalarp Yimwilai, a co-founder of the company and the CEO of its Thai unit.
- Zipmex and Akalarp didn't meet a deadline for delivering the information, prompting the SEC's action, the regulator said.
- The Singapore-based exchange was one of several crypto companies that fell victim to an industrywide downturn induced by bad debts and high leverages. Zipmex loaned $48 million to Babel Finance and $5 million to Celsius Network, both of which failed to repay their loans. Last month Singapore's High Court granted Zipmex protection from creditors until Dec. 2.
- "Zipmex is currently in the process of compiling relevant documents that belong to both Zipmex itself and Zipmex Pte. Ltd., an entity which is not under the regulatory jurisdiction of the Thai SEC," a Zipmex spokesperson said an official response shared with CoinDesk. Zipmex Pte. Ltd. is the company's Singapore entity.
- "With that said, any disclosure of Zipmex Pte Ltd’s information must be carried out with the utmost care and consideration to ensure that regulations are fully complied with and standards such as data privacy are duly observed. Customers can rest assured that the company is addressing this matter with your best interest in mind."
- On Aug. 26, Zipmex appointed Australian restructuring firm KordaMentha to assist with its recovery plan.
UPDATE (Sept. 7, 2022 10:26 UTC): Clarifies Akalarp Yimwilai's position.
CORRECTION (Sept. 7, 10:56 UTC): Corrects spelling of Yimwilai's name.
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