Crypto exchange startup Zipmex files for bankruptcy just a week after it came under investigation by Thailand SEC
On Monday, we wrote about Zipmex after the Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange startup came under investigation by Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The investigation started after Zipmex temporarily suspended withdrawals for thousands of its customers but later resumed withdrawals on the same evening. But it was a little too late.
Today, Zipmex announced it had filed for bankruptcy protection in Singapore, becoming the latest casualty of the global downturn in digital currencies and exposure to the now-bankrupt Three Arrows Capital.
Zipmex’s trouble with Thailand’s authorities started on July 20 when it froze crypto withdrawals for its users. The startup immediately resume withdrawals resumed on the same evening in Thailand and later on in other countries, except for transfers from one investment product.
As we reported on Monday, The Southeast Asia-focused crypto exchange, which operates in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and Australia, disclosed last week it had exposure worth $53 million in crypto lenders, Babel Finance, and Celsius.
Zipmex said it extended a loan amount of $48 million to Babel, with an additional $5 million to Celsius, which recently for bankruptcy. But anonymous sources put the loan amount to be at $100 million from a high-yielding program known as ZipUp to Babel. A Babel representative denied the claim. Zipmex said it plans to write off the $5 million loan to Celsius and is in discussion with Babel to evaluate its options to resolve the issue.
According to the Thailand SEC, Zipmex currently holds a digital asset exchange and a digital asset broker license. Dr. Akalarp Yimwilai, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Zipmex (Thailand) also said that Zipmex is a digital trading platform licensed by the Ministry of Finance and regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Two days ago, Zipmex said its solicitors submitted five applications on July 22 seeking moratoriums to prohibit legal proceedings against Zipmex for up to six months. But under Singapore law, such a filing grants companies an automatic moratorium for 30 days, or until a Singapore Court makes a decision on the application, whichever is earlier.
Meanwhile, Zipmex said in a Facebook post over the weekend that it was exploring a deal with an “interested party.”