The South Korean Digital Asset Exchange Association (DAXA) has reported the global crypto exchange OKX to local authorities for operating within the country without the necessary registration. This development has prompted the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to investigate the allegations, potentially leading to legal repercussions for OKX.


Unregistered Operations in the Spotlight

OKX, a prominent player in the cryptocurrency exchange market, is now facing scrutiny from South Korean regulators. The FIU’s interest in the case indicates a growing concern over the adherence of foreign exchanges to local regulations. According to reports from News1, this is not the first time international crypto exchanges have been flagged for potential regulatory breaches in South Korea, with MEXC and KuCoin previously coming under fire.

The Role of Telegram in OKX’s Activities

Despite lacking Korean language support on its official website, OKX has reportedly engaged in promotional activities within South Korea. Utilizing Telegram’s advertising services, the exchange has been actively promoting its OKX Jumpstart platform, targeting local communities. This indirect approach to tapping into the Korean market has raised questions about the legality of its operations.

Regulatory Landscape for Crypto Exchanges

The incident with OKX sheds light on the broader challenges facing the crypto industry in South Korea. The Special Financial Information Law sets the framework for the operation of digital asset exchanges, requiring proper registration and compliance with local financial regulations. Non-compliance can lead to serious legal consequences, including referral to law enforcement agencies.


As the FIU begins its investigation into OKX’s activities, the crypto community watches closely. The outcome of this case could set a precedent for how foreign exchanges operate in South Korea, emphasizing the importance of compliance with local laws. With no public response from OKX at the time of reporting, the industry awaits further developments in this unfolding story.

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