Danny is a journalist at Forkast.News. Originally from South Korea, Danny has produced content for media companies in Korea, Hong Kong and China. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Business Marketing from the University of Hong Kong.
USDC stablecoin issuer Circle obtains Singapore license for digital payments, others
Circle Singapore said Wednesday it has received a Major Payment Institution license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Montenegro court approves second bail request for Terra-Luna founder Do Kwon
A court in Montenegro approved a second bail request for Terraform Labs co-founder Do Kwon, who faces allegations of using fake passports.
UAE and Hong Kong central banks to collaborate on crypto regulation
The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority have agreed to strengthen cooperation in regulating virtual assets.
Binance launches NFT loan service to rival Blend
Binance Marketplace, Binance’s NFT trading platform, is launching a new service Friday where users can loan Ether by using NFTs as collateral.
South Korea: Former Coinone executive pleads guilty to bribery
A former executive at Coinone pleaded guilty on Thursday to accepting bribes in exchange for listing certain cryptocurrencies on the platform.
South Korea will require all public officials to disclose crypto holdings from 2024
South Korean lawmakers unanimously approved a new bill requiring public officials to disclose their crypto holdings to be implemented in December.
Terraform CEO Do Kwon’s bail revoked in Montenegro
The high court of Montenegro’s capital city Podgorica has revoked its decision to grant bail to Terraform Labs chief executive officer Do Kwon.
Singapore’s OCBC Bank, ADDX exchange launches tokenized structure notes
OCBC Bank will offer tokenized equity-linked structured notes to accredited investors, in a partnership with private market exchange ADDX.
Only 4% of South Koreans use metaverses, survey reveals
Only 4.2% of South Korean citizens have said that they regularly use metaverse services, a recent survey results show.
Philippines regulator warns against Gemini Derivatives for unregistered securities
The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission warned the public last week not to use crypto exchange Gemini’s derivatives platform.
S.Korean lawmakers propose public officials disclose crypto holdings
A South Korean ruling party lawmaker proposed all public officials and candidates disclose their crypto holdings in a new bill unveiled last Friday.
XRP gains; Lift-off for Space Pepe NFTs; US investor sentiment up on positive debt talks
Bitcoin and Ether prices fell on Friday morning in Asia. XRP gained after Hong Kong CBDC announcement by issuer Ripple.
Montenegro prosecutors appeal court ruling to allow bail for Terraform Labs CEO Do Kwon
Montenegro prosecutors have filed an appeal against a local court decision to approve bail for the detained Terraform Labs CEO Do Kwon.
Bitcoin, Ether mixed; Polygon leads gainers; Equity futures flat as U.S. debt default worries recede
Bitcoin prices rose on Thursday morning in Asia. Ether edged down, while other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies by market capitalization gained.
XRP gains as SEC motion denied; NFT index down; US investors anticipate debt ceiling deal
Bitcoin prices fell on Wednesday morning in Asia but remained above the US$27,000 line. Ether gained but still posted a weekly drop. XRP led gainers among other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies.
South Korea raids firms Upbit, Bithumb, Kakao over local lawmaker’s crypto scandal
South Korean prosecutors have raided Upbit, Bithumb and the crypto wallet unit of Kakao, as part of their investigation into lawmaker Kim Nam-kuk.
Bitcoin, Ether gains; Litecoin continues bull run; optimism a solution to US debt crisis can be reached
Bitcoin prices rose along with Ether, while Litecoin continues to lead gainers among other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies.
Bank of Korea and financial regulator in turf war over who supervises crypto industry
Bank of Korea, the central bank, seems uncomfortable with the Financial Services Commission, the country’s regulator, having the mandate over the cryptocurrency industry. The bank is pushing for more say, arguing crypto can influence the stability of the overall financial market and that involves the central bank.
Bitcoin, Ether edge higher; Litecoin leads gainers; investors weigh impact of US debt crisis
Bitcoin prices rose on Monday morning in Asia to above US$27,000. Ether managed to rise above the US$1,800 support level as Litecoin leads gainers.
Terraform’s Do Kwon pleads not guilty to passport forgery; lawyers propose US$437,000 bail
Terraform Labs chief Do Kwon denied charges of attempting to travel with fake travel documents during a court hearing Thursday in Montenegro.
South Korea sets May 26 trial date for Terraform Labs co-founder Daniel Shin, others
Terraform Labs co-founder Shin Hyun-seung and seven others will face trial on May 26 on charges of fraud related to the Terra-Luna crypto collapse.
South Korea freezes US$176 mln of Terraform CEO Do Kwon’s domestic assets
A South Korean court has approved prosecutors’ request to freeze assets and properties worth 233.3 billion Korean won that belong to Kwon.
Hong Kong’s OSL Asset Management wins license to offer blockchain, AI, Web3 investment products
Hong Kong-based OSL Asset Management Ltd said it won a local license to offer investment products in blockchain, Web3 and AI companies.
Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Moody’s, others to join new financial industry blockchain
Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Deloitte, Moody’s and other institutions are partnering with Digital Asset for the launch of the Canton blockchain.
Bittrex’s U.S. crypto exchange unit files for bankruptcy following closure, SEC lawsuit
U.S. crypto exchange Bittrex Inc. has filed for bankruptcy just days after closing operations following an SEC lawsuit and citing unclear crypto laws.
Prosecutor says Terra-Luna fugitive Do Kwon should face trial in South Korea: WSJ
The prosecutor leading Korea’s investigation into the Terra-Luna project said its founder Do Kwon should be extradited to Seoul to face trial.
Bitcoin back above $29,000, Ether gains; Matic leads winners on Polygon tools update
Bitcoin and Ether rose in early Thursday morning trading in Asia, with most other top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies mixed.
Coinbase opens Bermuda-based crypto derivatives exchange amid conflict with U.S. regulators
Coinbase, the publicly listed largest cryptocurrency exchange in the U.S., opened its offshore derivatives exchange in Bermuda on Tuesday.
Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin rise, BNB stumbles; US equity futures flat ahead of Fed interest rate decision
Bitcoin and Ether gained ground in Wednesday morning trading in Asia, with most other top 10 tokens mixed. Litecoin gained, BNB was the biggest loser.
Bitcoin, Ether lose ground; Polkadot leads losers among top 10; U.S. equity futures slip
Bitcoin dipped to US$28,000 in Tuesday morning trading in Asia and then fell through that support line later in the morning. Ether and other top 10 cryptocurrencies also fell.
Binance says it built 700-member compliance team to handle crypto crime, legal enquiries
Binance said it has more than 700 employees in its compliance team, which includes 170 staff working to combat crypto fraud.
Investment giant Franklin Templeton connects US$270 million fund to Polygon network
Franklin Templeton said Wednesday that its OnChain U.S. Government Money Fund is now supported on the Polygon network.
Mythical Games CEO says U.S. regulatory uncertainty accounted for firm’s conservative stance on crypto
The lack of clarity in crypto rules in the U.S. not only affects exchanges but also this U.S.-based blockchain gaming company, John Linden said.
South Korea’s cryptocurrency bill gets nod in first phase of review, may pass this year
South Korea’s legislation on how to regulate digital assets passed the first phase of review in the country’s National Assembly on Tuesday.
South Korea indicts Terra co-founder Daniel Shin; Shin rejects accusations
South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday indicted Terraform Labs co-founder Daniel Shin for alleged fraudulent transactions related to the collapse of the Terra-Luna crypto project.
Terraform Labs Kwon to get Montenegro court hearing May 11 on passport forgery charges
Kwon Do-hyeong will have a court hearing on May 11 in Montenegro on charges of allegedly attempting to travel using a false passport.
Sotheby’s to auction off NFTs owned by defunct hedge fund Three Arrows Capital
Leading auction house Sotheby’s said it will sell NFT artworks owned by the bankrupt crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital.
From billionaire to Montenegro jail: The rapid rise and fall of Terra chief Do Kwon
South Korea’s Do Kwon went from a poster boy of digital finance as a co-founder of the US$40 billion Singapore-based Terraform Labs to a fugitive on Interpol’s wanted list, all in a matter of several rollercoaster years. He’s now in a Montenegro jail where he may face more time in detention as the U.S. and South Korea demand his extradition to face a long list of charges, including securities fraud – allegations he has repeatedly denied. The following is a timeline of how we got here.
United Arab Emirates opens licensing applications for cryptocurrency companies
UAE’s Securities and Commodities Authority said Monday it has started accepting applications for operating licenses from cryptocurrency businesses.
Bittrex cryptocurrency exchange rejects U.S. SEC charges it offered unregistered securities
Seattle-based crypto exchange Bittrex Inc. has rejected charges by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it and co-founder Bill Shihara operated an unregistered national securities exchange, broker and clearing agency. The SEC filed the charges on Monday. See related article: U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex lays off 83 employees Fast facts See related article: U.S. SEC […]
SEC ‘crypto mom’ Hester Peirce attacks U.S. regulator’s new exchange definition on DeFi
SEC member Hester Peirce has criticized the regulatory agency for its proposal that seeks to expand the definition of an “exchange” to DeFi platforms.
Bankrupt FTX recovers US$7.3 billion in assets, considers resurrection of operations
The failed FTX cryptocurrency exchange has recovered around US$7.3 billion in assets and is considering the option of restarting its business.
France to develop local metaverses against global giants
The French government announced a public consultation on “virtual immersive universes,” or the metaverse.
South Korean prosecutors to freeze US$5.36 million of Do Kwon’s assets, some in Switzerland
Seoul Southern District Prosecutors’ Office is in the process of freezing 7.1 billion won worth of assets that belong to Terraform Labs CEO Do Kwon.
U.S. SEC committee urges ‘aggressive enforcement’ on crypto, says most tokens are securities
The U.S. SEC Investor Advisory Committee urged the federal agency to continue its aggressive enforcement on crypto players that offer unregistered securities.
Bitget exchange starts US$100 mln fund to support ‘next-generation’ crypto projects
Bitget on Monday said it had launched a Web3 Fund with an initial investment of US$100 million to support development of cryptocurrency projects.
Arkansas joins Montana, Texas with bills on guidelines, protection for Bitcoin miners
Arkansas has joined Montana and Texas this year in proposing legislation to offer legal protections to companies operating crypto mining sites.
Bitcoin resumes rise, Ether gains ahead of upgrade, Dogecoin makes up some lost ground
Bitcoin resumed its rise above US$28,000 in Monday morning trading in Asia, a support level it has fluctuated around for most of April.
Local prosecutors say Terra-Luna’s Do Kwon has no identifiable assets in South Korea
The arrested crypto fugitive Kwon Do-hyung has “zero ” identifiable assets in his native South Korea, prosecutors said on Friday.
Bitcoin holds US$28,000 in choppy trading; Ether falls after US Treasury warns against DeFi risk
Bitcoin moved in a narrow range above the support line at US$28,000 in Friday morning trading in Asia, while most other top 10 crypto declined.
Meta says new focus on generative AI could boost metaverse development: Nikkei
Meta is investing heavily in artificial intelligence and this will benefit its metaverse businesses, Meta’s Andrew Bosworth told Nikkei Asia.
Japan’s CoinTrade partners with Fireblocks to improve digital asset security
CoinTrade said it has partnered with crypto custody platform Fireblocks to provide institutional clients with improved security for digital assets.
Bitcoin pushes beyond US$28,000; Polygon’s Matic leads gainers, same chain sees surge in NFT trades
Bitcoin rose on Wednesday, moving above US$28,000. Ether, Matic and most other top 10 non-stablecoin tokens gained.
Singapore’s Alchemy Pay eyes South Korea expansion with US$10 mln funding
Alchemy Pay is eyeing expansion in South Korea following its US$10 million funding from blockchain investment firm DWF Labs.
S.Korea to expand probe on token listing bribes if it sees ‘more evidence’
Taking bribes in exchange for listing cryptocurrencies has been common practice among South Korean exchanges, one expert told Forkast.
Bittrex crypto exchange to shutter U.S. operations due to regulatory uncertainty
Seattle-based crypto exchange Bittrex, Inc. will wind down its U.S. operations from April 30, citing continued regulatory uncertainty in the region.
South Korea court rejects second arrest warrant request for Terraform Labs’ Daniel Shin
A South Korean court dismissed for the second time a request by prosecutors for an arrest warrant for Terraform Labs co-founder Daniel Shin.
Montenegro hints U.S. may get to extradite Terra fugitive Do Kwon ahead of South Korea
The U.S. may have gained an edge in a race with South Korea to extradite Terra chief Kwon Do-hyung from Montenegro on charges of fraud.
Montenegro to hold Terra-Luna fugitive Do Kwon for 30 days, says Yonhap News
Kwon Do-hyung will be held in Montenegro for a month on charges of using forged travel documents, South Korea’s Yonhap News reported.
G7 nations set to push for stricter cryptocurrency regulations at Japan summit in May
The Group of Seven industrial countries will discuss tougher rules on cryptocurrencies to improve transparency, protect investors.
Hong Kong blockchain initiatives natural evolution for finance hub, says Signum Digital CEO
Hong Kong’s new crypto licensing regime isn’t the only bullish sign for the city’s digital asset industry, says Signum Digital, the first company to win a preliminary license to handle securitized tokens in the city.
South Korea confirms identity of man arrested in Europe as Terra-Luna fugitive Do Kwon, seeks extradition
South Korea’s police said they confirmed the identity of a man arrested in Montenegro, Europe, as the Terraform Labs co-founder Kwon Do-hyung, who is wanted on charges of fraud related to the collapse of the stablecoin and cryptocurrency project he led.
South Korea arrests former Coinone exchange official for alleged crypto-listing bribery
A former employee of the Coinone exchange was arrested Tuesday on charges of accepting bribes in exchange for listing certain cryptocurrencies.
Terraform Labs founder Daniel Shin again questioned by South Korea prosecutors over stablecoin collapse
Terraform Labs co-founder Shin Hyun-seung, also known as Daniel Shin, was again called in for questioning by South Korea’s prosecutors on Monday.
Crypto data provider Kaiko to move Asia HQ to Hong Kong from Singapore: Bloomberg
Paris-based Kaiko will move its Asian headquarters to Hong Kong as it sees growing crypto-related opportunities in the city.
Bithumb executive faces investigation over alleged bribery in South Korean crypto listing
South Korean prosecutors are investigating Lee Sang-jun, the CEO of Bithumb’s holding company, for alleged bribery in listing certain tokens on the platform.
Enterprise software giant Salesforce partners with Polygon for NFT-based loyalty programs
Salesforce has partnered with Polygon Labs to help its clients develop non-fungible token (NFT) based loyalty programs on the Polygon blockchain.
Signum Digital says it won first approval to offer security tokens in Hong Kong
Signum Digital said it’s the first company to win preliminary approval in Hong Kong to operate a platform to trade security tokens.
Ripple executives say XRP lawsuit ruling will have little impact on global business operations
The court ruling in a lawsuit brought by the SEC against Ripple will have minimal impact on the company’s business, APAC policy director Rahul Advani said.
South Korea cranks up pressure to extradite Do Kwon, founder of failed Terra-Luna stablecoin
South Korean prosecutors said they will expand cooperation with overseas legal agencies to facilitate the arrest and extradition of Do Kwon.
Anchorage Digital lays off 20% of staff amid low NFT demand, says bank unit not affected
Digital asset platform Anchorage Digital will lay off 75 employees as it restructures to meet regulation challenges.
Meta plans to wind down NFT initiatives on Facebook, Instagram to focus on other services
Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, will wind down its non-fungible token operations on both social media services.