Crypto change Bithumb plans to grow to be the primary digital asset firm to go public on the South Korean inventory market.
Native information outlet Edaily reported on Nov. 12 that Bithumb is preparing for an preliminary public providing (IPO) on the KOSDAQ — South Korea’s model of the USA Nasdaq — with an anticipated itemizing date set for someday within the second half of 2025.
Bithumb declined to substantiate whether or not the IPO was going forward however admitted they’d not too long ago chosen an underwriter, an organization tasked with guaranteeing the monetary safety of one other sometimes earlier than a agency goes public. Bithumb selected Samsung Securities as its potential IPO underwriter, based on Edaily.
Bithumb’s former chairman Lee Jeong-hoon returned to Bithumb as its registered director, based on sources acquainted with the matter. In the meantime, CEO Lee Sang-jun was excluded from a spot on the board of administrators resulting from an ongoing investigation into alleged bribery.
Moreover, the sources claimed Bithumb’s transfer to go public resulted from not wanting to surrender additional market share to Upbit — the most important crypto change in South Korea.
Bithumb is currently the second largest crypto change in South Korea by day by day buying and selling quantity, a distant second to Upbit. In July, Upbit’s monthly trading volumes surpassed that of Coinbase and Binance for the primary time.
Each Upbit and Bithumb became the subjects of unwanted attention in Could when South Korean authorities raided their places of work over allegedly fraudulent crypto buying and selling on behalf of an area lawmaker.
In February, Kang Jong-hyun, considered one of Bithumb’s largest shareholders — and suspected “actual proprietor” — was arrested on embezzlement charges following a prolonged police investigation into his allegedly illicit conduct.
41-year-old Jong-hyun is the elder brother of Kang Ji-yeon, the pinnacle of Bithumb affiliate Inbiogen. The agency holds the most important share in Vidente Vidente, the most important Bithumb shareholder with a 34.2% stake.
Bithumb was based in 2014 and on the time of publication had a 24-hour buying and selling quantity of roughly $580 million, based on CoinGecko data.