Ripple gets formal approval for Singapore payments license
Ripple has received a full license to operate as a major payment institution from Singapore’s central bank, allowing it to continue operations there after receiving in-principle approval in June.
In an Oct. 4 statement, the company said its local entity, Ripple Markets APAC, was granted the full license by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
Incredibly proud of team @Ripple – just 4(!) months after we received our in-principle approval from @MAS_sg, we’ve now secured the full Major Payment Institution license for digital payment token services in Singapore. https://t.co/AH1sDUG4UE
— Brad Garlinghouse (@bgarlinghouse) October 4, 2023
Ripple chief Brad Garlinghouse said in the statement that “Singapore has developed into one of the leading fintech and digital asset hubs striking the balance between innovation, consumer protection and responsible growth.”
Garlinghouse said Singapore was home to the firm’s Asia Pacific headquarters since 2017, and the country “has been pivotal to Ripple’s global business.“
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In its statement, the United States-based Ripple said over 90% of its business is outside of the country, and it will continue to prioritize the Asia Pacific to adopt its crypto-backed products.
The Singapore license allows Ripple to provide digital payment token services. It joins a list of 14 others given the same license by the MAS, including the local arms of crypto exchanges Coinbase, Independent Reserve and Blockchain.com.
It’s the second piece of good news for Ripple on the day. Earlier, the U.S. judge presiding over the Securities and Exchange Commission’s suit against Ripple rejected the regulator’s motion to file an interlocutory appeal in the case.
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