Singapore’s central bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has granted Coinbase in-principal approval for a DPT license to operate in Singapore the company said in a press release.
- Including Coinbase, MAS has given out 17 in-principle approvals and licenses for DPT platforms under the Payment Services Act.
- Critics have complained that the licensing process is too hard and burdensome, but MAS has said it promises to be “unrelentingly hard” on crypto as a regulator.
- Coinbase currently has 100 employees in Singapore.
- In late 2021, Binance pulled out from Singapore after withdrawing its application for a DPT license and subsequently shut down its local .SG trading portal.
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