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Korean cryptocurrency companies escaping from South Korea

Since Seoul’s decision in September 2017 to ban all capital raising operations through token sales and ICOs, blockchain companies and Korean cryptocurrency companies have been looking for more favourable locations for their business.

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As a result, the majority of companies have preferred to move to Singapore, where the environment is more conducive to cryptocurrencies.

It was not an easy choice for South Korean companies, especially because the costs of relocating to the island between Malaysia and Indonesia are very high, from about 180 to 270 thousand dollars, to create a company in Singapore and receive the necessary accounting and legal advice.

In addition, Singapore’s legislation requires that tokens collected in the ICOs need to be converted into Fiat cash in order to be used in the establishment of companies or in the increase of their share capital.

This is an operation that exposes many NewCo to the tantrum of market quotations.

Moreover, often South Korean companies move without knowing the regulations of the city-state. Interviewed on the issue the CEO of an ICO (asking for anonymity) said: “When I talk to foreign companies I do not understand why South Korean companies try to launch ICOs in other countries and not in their own, since foreign companies come to Korea to meet our investors and public authorities try to attract new investors.”

This obvious contradiction is made all the more striking by the fact that, since the announcement of the ICO ban, no law has been passed and no implementing regulation has been issued on the matter. In short, a set of facts that makes the conduct of the Seoul supervisory authorities even less sympathetic.

Fabio Lugano
Fabio Lugano
Graduated with honors from Bocconi University, Fabio is a consultant for companies and wounded shareholders of the Banche Venete. He is also the author of "Scenari Economici", and lecturer and analyst of cryptocurrencies since 2016.