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Thai Bank Takes a Leap into Digital Assets with Acquisition of Local Crypto Exchange

Thai Bank Takes a Leap into Digital Assets with Acquisition of Local Crypto Exchange

Thailand's banking landscape witnessed a significant transformation as Kasikornbank, widely recognized as KBank, recently ventured into the digital assets arena by acquiring a local cryptocurrency exchange.

In a recent disclosure to the Thai Stock Exchange, KBank revealed its acquisition of a commanding 97% stake in Satang Corporation Co. Ltd. The purchased entity, Satang Corporation, is anticipated to undergo a rebranding and operate under the new name Orbix Trade Co. Ltd.

This acquisition maneuver was orchestrated through Unita Capital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KBank with a considerable registered capital amounting to 3.7 billion Baht (equivalent to $102.8 million), as detailed in the official filing.

This groundbreaking step taken by KBank is a pivotal aspect of its overarching Web3 initiatives. The bank recently unveiled its plans to establish the KXVC, a substantial $100 million fund designated for investments in the burgeoning Web3 and artificial intelligence sectors.

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Concurrently, Thailand is rigorously tightening its regulatory framework concerning cryptocurrency trading, a move primarily aimed at fortifying tax revenues.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s proposal to distribute 10,000 Baht in digital currencies to all Thai citizens has encountered a setback, with the distribution now anticipated to take place later in the first quarter of 2024.

Alexander Stefanov

Reporter at CoinsPress

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