South Korea’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Thursday said it approved GOPAX as the country’s fifth digital asset exchange to provide cash-to-crypto services.

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Fast facts

  • Cash-to-crypto services on GOPAX starts Apr. 28.
  • Last September, South Korea mandated strict licensing requirements for crypto exchanges to counter money laundering and market manipulation.
  • Local exchanges must obtain a government-issued information security certificate and a local bank partner to provide users real-name accounts.
  • Exchanges that fail to secure a bank partner are limited to providing crypto-to-crypto services only.
  • GOPAX partnered with regional Jeonbuk Bank in February, and applied for renewal of its business license on March 7. 
  • The four other digital asset exchanges that crossed the cash-to-crypto finish line ahead of GOPAX — Upbit, Bithumb, Coinone, Korbit — dominate 99% of the local crypto trading volume according to CoinMarketCap.

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