Blockchain.com Wins Singapore License

The news means two exchanges in two days – Coinbase the other one – have received in-principle approval to operate in that country.

AccessTimeIconOct 12, 2022 at 12:59 p.m. UTC
Updated Oct 12, 2022 at 4:28 p.m. UTC
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London-based crypto exchange Blockchain.com said it has been granted in-principle approval for a Digital Payment Token license by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Reuters was first to report the news.

  • The report comes one day after another crypto exchange, Coinbase, announced it was granted a similar approval for a Digital Payment Token (DPT) in Singapore.
  • Backed by investors such as Lightspeed Venture Partners, Blockchain.com will become the 18th crypto firm to operate in Singapore out of roughly 180 that have applied for a payments license since 2020, according to the Reuters report.
  • Singapore is an attractive spot to grow its institutional business and team, said Blockchain.com in a Medium post, noting half of the company's business comes from institutions.
  • Other recent regulatory wins for Blockchain.com include a provisional approval to operate in Dubai. The company, of course, hasn't been immune to crypto winter, having been forced to slash 25% of its workforce in July after losing $270 million from lending to failed crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital.
  • MAS did not immediately return a request for comment.

UPDATE (Oct. 12, 13:30 UTC): Adds confirmation and response from Blockchain.com in story and headline.


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Amitoj Singh

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