- Thailand’s SEC suspends Zipmex’s trading and brokerage due to financial issues.
- Zipmex given 15 days to address deficiencies for potential service resumption.
- SEC’s actions follow Zipmex’s trading halt and debt relief filing in 2022.
In a significant regulatory move, Thailand’s financial watchdog has put a pause on the operations of the cryptocurrency platform Zipmex, citing urgent financial and operational concerns that need immediate attention.
The decision came down on February 2, with the authority giving Zipmex a two-week ultimatum to set its house in order. This directive includes addressing any financial imbalances and operational hiccups that have caught the regulator’s eye. The platform’s users are assured access to their funds during this hiatus, highlighting the regulator’s intent to balance enforcement with consumer protection.
This isn’t Zipmex’s first brush with regulatory challenges. The exchange has been under the microscope since last year, following a period of market turbulence that raised eyebrows at the Thai SEC. The scrutiny intensified around its dealings with V Ventures over a potential acquisition and queries about its licensure status in Thailand. In a bid to align with regulatory expectations, Zipmex had previously halted its trading activities in November 2023.
Compounding its woes, the exchange sought debt relief in 2022, revealing a $97 million debt owed to its clientele. In a recent turn of events, Zipmex hinted at a possible repayment plan offering creditors a fraction of their dues as part of a broader restructuring strategy.