Bithumb on track to become public

Posted 23 January, 2019

The largest South Korean crypto exchange Bithumb announced its intention to become a public company in the USA, according to the press release.

Targeting the US listing,  Korean exchange applied to a reverse takeover transaction. For the purpose, a letter of intent was signed by Blockchain Industries, a public company, and Singapore-based BTHMB Holdings, Bithumb's major shareholder. The latter purchased a controlling stake in Bithumb for $350 million in autumn last year. 

The merger will result in a new company to be called Blockchain Exchange Alliance (BXA). With this agreement, BXA is said to become the first public crypto exchange in the USA. 

According to the press release, the deal is to be closed until March 1.

Blockchain Industries CEO Patrick Moynihan believes the developments will improve liquidity, affordability, and expansion in the blockchain industry. Besides, Bithumb is going to enter the North American market, according to the report.

"We are thrilled to be part of this important initiative that is expected to bring liquidity, accessibility and expansion to the blockchain industry," said Patrick Moynihan, CEO of Blockchain Industries. 

For reference, a reverse takeover transaction implies that shareholders of a private company acquire control over a public company, while a public company, in its turn, gets the assets of a private company. In fact, this is an alternative to the process when a company enters an exchange through the traditional IPO.

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