Singapore issues warning to eight cryptocurrency exchanges

A view of the Monetary Authority of Singapore building in Singapore April 18, 2016. Reuters.

Singapore warned eight cryptocurrency exchanges about their activities in the city-state as regulators around the world step up scrutiny of digital-asset trading.

The platforms, which weren’t named, shouldn’t facilitate trading in tokens that are securities or futures contracts without approval, the Monetary Authority of Singapore said in a statement on Thursday. The number of digital token exchanges and initial coin offerings in Singapore has been on the rise, MAS official Lee Boon Ngiap said.

“We do not see a need to restrict them if they are bona fide businesses,” Lee, assistant managing director of capital markets at the MAS, said in the statement. “But if any digital token exchange, issuer or intermediary breaches our securities laws, MAS will take firm action.”

The warning to venues comes as regulators ramp up supervision of an industry that’s fraught with fraud, hacks and hype. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed firms and individuals behind coin offerings it suspects might be breaking the law, while Hong Kong’s regulator has asked several exchanges to remove tokens that are similar to securities.

One ICO issuer, which was ordered to stop the sale of its digital tokens, has taken remedial actions to comply with the rules and returned funds received from Singapore-based investors, MAS said.

Singapore is seen as one of the more welcoming nations when it comes to crypto exchanges, with several setting up in the wake of China’s crackdown on the venues last year. The city-state’s deputy prime minister has called digital tokens an “experiment” and said that there’s no strong case to ban trading.

Bloomberg

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.