Singapore Grants In-Principle Licenses to, Two Others

The firms will be able to offer services to Singapore-based customers if granted full licenses.

AccessTimeIconJun 22, 2022 at 11:40 a.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 6:20 p.m. UTC
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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) granted in-principle digital token payment licenses to crypto exchange and two other companies, paving the way for the three firms to offer services in the country.

  • The two other companies are Genesis and Sparrow Tech, The Straits Times reported Wednesday, citing a speech by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat at the Point Zero Forum in Zurich. (Genesis is a subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which also owns CoinDesk.)
  • MAS "sets a high regulatory bar" and the approval "reflects the trusted and secure platform we have worked diligently to build,” CEO Kris Marszalek said in a statement confirming the license.
  • MAS declined to comment on the story. Genesis and Sparrow Tech did not respond to CoinDesk's inquiries at the time of publication.
  • Including these three, MAS has granted 14 in-principle licenses to companies looking to provide crypto services to Singapore-based customers. The first full license was granted to FOMO Pay in September 2021.
  • The regulator has received 196 applications in total, 74 of which have been withdrawn and three rejected, according to the newspaper.


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