Bain-Backed Crypto Exchange Seed CX Is Expanding to Asia

Chicago-based cryptocurrency exchange Seed CX, which Bain Capital backed last year, is expanding to Asia. The institution-focused exchange announced Thursday that it has teamed up with Singapore-based trading infrastructure technology provider Hydra X for the effort. The partnership will allow Seed CX to integrate its platform with Hydra X’s trading platform Sigma, which is currently in beta. Once the integration is complete, Seed CX users will be able to view prices, trade and monitor their portfolios on the Sigma platform, as well as have access to a fiat-cryptocurrency gateway, according…

Mt Gox Creditors Warn Mass Sale Could Put Bitcoin Fork Prices At Risk

Mt. Gox Legal, a group of around 1,000 creditors of collapsed crypto exchange Mt. Gox, has prepared a draft proposal representing its consensus on how the exchange’s remaining assets should be paid out, according to a document obtained by CoinDesk. Mt. Gox trustee, Nobuaki Kobayashi, released new details this week on the amounts of secured cryptocurrency (in bitcoin and bitcoin cash) and fiat currency it has approved for payouts to the estate’s many creditors as part of the civil rehabilitation process. In total, Kobayashi said, the balance of the exchange is 69,553,086,521 Japanese yen…

Overstock’s tZERO Exchange to Launch Bitcoin Trading App This June

Overstock’s security token platform tZERO is going full crypto. Until now, security tokens had been the startup’s priority, but this summer, tZERO plans to launch its own mobile trading app for buying and selling bitcoin and, possibly, ether, CEO Saum Noursalehi told CoinDesk Thursday. The app for IOS and Android devices is scheduled to launch in June and is being developed by Bitsy — a crypto startup in the portfolio of Overstock’s venture arm Medici Ventures. “That’s part of the reason we acquired Bitsy — to accelerate time to market…

Not Just BNB: Up 120%, Huobi’s Crypto Exchange Coin Is Breaking Out

Following in the footsteps of the world’s largest exchange cryptocurrency, Binance Coin (BNB), another exchange coin, Huobi Token (HT), is flashing a more than 100 percent price increase in 2019. Used as an alternative to trading fees on their respective exchanges, exchange cryptocurrencies are also commonly paired with other cryptocurrencies to form new markets and increase overall liquidity. Recently, however, Binance created a new demand driver for its token by requiring participants of its token sale platform Binance Launchpad to make purchases either with bitcoin (BTC) or BNB. While that…

New Document Details Ex-QuadrigaCX Law Firm’s Conflict of Interest

Law firm Stewart McKelvey had a conflict of interest because it represented both QuadrigaCX and Jennifer Robertson, the widow of the failed cryptocurrency exchange’s founder Gerald Cotten. That’s according to a letter sent to creditors Wednesday from Miller Thomson, one of two law firms appointed as representative counsel for Quadriga customers by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. Stewart McKelvey withdrew from representing Quadriga in the creditor protection proceedings on March 13, citing a “potential conflict” raised by other parties. The firm said at the time it did not know what the…

Mt. Gox Is Taking a Step Towards Paying Out Creditors

The long-defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox is finally moving toward settling creditors’ accounts in cryptocurrency or cash. The exchange’s rehabilitation trustee, Nobuaki Kobayashi, announced Tuesday that he had either approved or disapproved creditors’ claims and had also notified the Tokyo District Court about the step taken. In the next few days, the trustee said he will declare the results of his decisions on the claims and creditors will be notified by various means. For instance, those who filed claims through the Mt. Gox online filing system will be able to check…

Cryptopia Exchange Resumes Crypto Trading Amid Banking Issues

Cryptopia, the cryptocurrency exchange hit by a major hack in mid-January, has just announced that it’s restarted trading services. The New Zealand-based exchange posted a notice on Twitter Wednesday, saying: “We have resumed trading on 40 trade pairs that we have quantified as secure. We will continue to expand this list as we clear more coins.” The company is providing a full list of the available pairs on its support pages. On Jan. 16, Cryptopia went offline stating that it “suffered a security breach which resulted in significant losses.” Since then,…

Binance Now Lets Australians Buy Bitcoin With Cash at Over 1,300 Stores

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has unveiled a new platform in Australia that allows users to buy bitcoin with cash from high-street stores. Announcing the news on Tuesday, Binance said the new gateway, called Binance Lite Australia, is cash-to-bitcoin brokerage service accessible through a network of 1,300-plus supported newsagents across the country. The platform currently offers the option to buy only bitcoin using Australian dollars (AUD), but the exchange said it plans to support more cryptocurrencies and fiat options in the future. Once users have carried out an account verification processes, they…

Crypto Exchange Bithumb to Reduce Staff By Up to 50%

Bithumb, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea, plans to cut its staffing levels by up to 50 percent, according to a CoinDesk Korea report issued Monday, a move that would reduce its number of employees from 310 at the start of March to around 150. When reached, an official at the company confirmed the 50 percent figure, adding that it expects those departing will mostly be employees who already want to leave the company. “Voluntary retirement is part of our support program for former employees and is intended to provide assistance and…

Coinbase Pro Has Good and Bad News Regarding Fees for Traders

Coinbase Pro is changing its fee structure later this week, with bottom tier traders seeing a hike and higher value clients paying less. The San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange announced the news in a blog post on Friday, saying that, starting March 22, market makers and takers who fall under the pricing tier of up to $100,000 will be subject to total fees of 0.40 percent, as compared to up to 0.30 percent (taker only) currently. The $100,000 to $1 million tier will stay with the current total fee of 0.30 percent,…