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Upbit proprietor Dunamu may see ‘monopoly’ curbed after funding controversy

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The operator of South Korean crypto alternate Upbit, Dunamu, is dealing with pushback from regulators as a result of a controversial funding whereas authorities transfer to subject restrictions to stifle its monopolistic place.

Dunamu’s whole property are valued at over over 10 trillion KRW ($8.06 billion) and Upbit controls an amazing 80% of the home buying and selling quantity. As a end result, regulators see Dunamu and by extension Upbit, as a monopoly with an excessive amount of energy that ought to be curtailed.

Regulators may forestall its development by designating it a big company which might limit its market actions.

Large firms and funding companies in South Korea are topic to strict guidelines on what data they will share concerning investments below the Capital Markets Act. Corporations and their subsidiaries are prohibited from selling investments, particularly these they personal or are associated to.

Dunamu has been criticized for making the most of an obvious loophole within the nation’s Capital Markets Act by holding a 40% stake in market monitoring agency Triger which began providing crypto-related funding suggestions in March. Dunamu has since dumped its shares within the firm.

A consultant from Upbit informed native information outlet Culture Journal on April 19 that it had dropped all of its subsidiary holdings of Triger, however has nonetheless requested the positioning to take down its crypto-related content material. The rep said:

“We have requested the termination of the service to prevent unnecessary misunderstanding.”

Dunamu straddles the line between a large corporation and a financial investment firm under Korean law. Therefore, the firm is technically allowed to promote investments under the Capital Markets Act. However, Culture Journal reported that an industry insider pointed to such promotional content as a regulatory loophole which “should be revised to improve the situation.”

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The agency’s standing as a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) is reportedly more likely to change within the close to future. Local information supply NoCut News reported on April 20 that the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) was critically contemplating designating Dunamu as a big company partially because of its latest actions and for its sheer measurement.