Singapore has become the “think tank” of the crypto world
Singapore has become the “think tank” of the crypto world

One of the most important events for cryptocurrency traders and exchanges – The Meetup Exchanges – took place in Singapore on November 14. The event was held as part of the Singapore Fintech Festival + Blockshow Asia. 

It was the first specialized event of its kind for crypto exchanges and crypto traders held in Asia. More than 150 participants and 15 speakers from 13 countries, including traders and fintech experts, as well as representatives of crypto exchanges and financial regulators, met to discuss the most important problems in the cryptosphere and work out ways to solve them. 

The meetup included three panels, each devoted to a specific subset of issues affecting crypto exchanges. The first panel, “Crypto market problems and real opportunities for exchanges,” moderated by Michael Nye, host of the What Is Crypto podcast, focused on issues directly related to exchanges. This included a decrease in trading volumes, an abundance of false information, fictitious trading volumes, and lack of liquidity.

Panel speakers:

  1. Anton Buenavista, Core Developer at Kyber Network   
  2. Marius Jasen, COO & Co-founder of Deribit
  3. Marisa Yoshikawa McKnight, Global Business Development and Sales Manager at Liquid 
  4. Anna Chow AVP, BD of APAC, Financial Markets, OKEx
  5. Tone Vays, Trader & Analyst

The main event of the panel was Remme CEO Alex Momot’s talk “Fake volume doesn’t matter anymore and how to make swaps based on market depth.”

The title of the second panel was “Regulations and licensing out of one’s jurisdiction:  opportunities and limitations,” the main theme of which is evident.

Today, crypto exchanges in different countries are subject to completely different requirements. There is no single “rulebook.” As a result, exchanges, traders, and other market participants often can’t figure out how to play fair. After all, each region has its own specifics, and the rules themselves are often extremely vague.

The panel was moderated by Dushan Spalevich (iBlock.Capital)


  1. Eric Benz, CEO of Changelly
  2. Anton Dalli, Founder of Blockchain Advisory Malta
  3.  Marie Tatibouet, CMO at Gate.io
  4. Nataly Simson, Asia region business development representative, Coinsbit
  5. Teana Baker-Taylor, Global Digital Finance
  6. George Zarya – CEO, BEQUANT exchange & prime brokerage 

Panel participants discussed KYC\AML procedures, regulators’ attitude to cryptocurrency transactions, crypto derivatives, margin trading, and security token licensing issues.

The third panel was entirely devoted to security problems of the crypto market. Both the security of crypto exchanges and the problems of individual cryptocurrencies, wallets, and additional software were discussed.

The discussion was moderated by Dmitriy Budorin, Co-Founder and CEO at Hacken.


  1. Kyrylo Chykhradze, Head of Product, Crystal Blockchain at Bitfury Group
  2. Yoshiaki Hiyoshi, COO at ABCC Exchange  
  3. Chen Arad, COO of Solidus Labs

We appreciate all the speakers and participants of the meetup, as well as our partners – Remme.io, Coinsbit, Blaize.tech and Geo Protocol – for their support and participation in a landmark discussion for the crypto market.

The next event – The Conference Exchanges – will be held in Amsterdam on March 5, 2020. We invite all participants of the crypto ecosystem including traders, developers, representatives of exchanges, wallets, and regulators, to participate and help in solving the most important issues affecting the cryptocurrency world.

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