Upbit led Korean exchanges’ July surge with $29.8 billion in volume, beating Coinbase’s $28.6 billion, as the US exchange fights a lawsuit from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The 42.3% month-on-month spike saw Upbit become the second-largest exchange by trading volume after Binance, which faces legal scrutiny in multiple regions.
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Other Korean businesses, Bithumb and CoinOne, also saw spot volume increases of $27.9% and 4.7% to $6.1 billion and $1.4 billion, respectively.
Upbit’s share of global trading volumes has also risen almost 3% year-to-date.
The boon for Korean exchanges is unsurprising, given the region’s recent passage of a Virtual Asset User Protection bill. By contrast, the lack of clear rules in jurisdictions like the United States has seen major players struggle to sustain engagement.
Coinbase, the largest exchange in the United States, has seen its volumes fall as it prepares to fight SEC charges it ran an unregistered brokerage. CEO Brian Armstrong confirmed the exchange would also fight an order to delist all assets except Bitcoin.
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Binance’s trading volume fell for the fifth consecutive month as regulators in France and America circle.
The exchange saw its share of global spot volume fall to 40.4%, the lowest since August 2022. Its recent slide started in March when the exchange withdrew a promotion offering free BTC trading for spot pairs.
Subsequent SEC and US Commodity Futures Trading Commission lawsuits saw several key staff departures in the last few months. The exchange is also under French investigation for an alleged role in ‘aggravated money laundering’ and recently exited other European jurisdictions after failing to comply with anti-money laundering standards.
However, it remains the largest global spot trading venue, with a $208 billion volume in July.
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