India's Zebpay Heads to Malta After Regulatory Issues At Home 10

India’s Zebpay Heads to Malta After Regulatory Issues At Home

In a move that was probably predicted by many crypto enthusiasts, the popular cryptocurrency exchange of Zebpay has closed shop in its home country of India to set up in the more crypto friendly country of Malta. Evidence of Zebpay registering and operating from Malta, can be found on the exchange’s Terms of Use page which states the following:

For all intents and purposes, Zebpay shall mean and include below –

Awlencan Innovations Malta Limited [C-88318], a Maltese Registered Company with Office Address situated at: 48, Triq Stella Maris, Sliema, SLM 1765, Malta, which owns and operates the ‘Zebpay’ VFA Exchange Platform in Malta,  hereinafter referred to as “Awlencan” or “Zebpay” or “company”, which term shall refer to and include its owners, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, directors, investors, employees, officers, representatives, affiliates, or other related parties.

Expanding Its Reach to Europe

The exchange of Zebpay, currently provides services from the following list of countries. Only residents of these 20 countries can access its trading services:

  1. Malta
  2. Belgium
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Croatia
  5. Cyprus
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Denmark
  8. Finland
  9. France
  10. Germany
  11. Greece
  12. Hungary
  13. Ireland
  14. Italy
  15. Latvia
  16. Netherlands
  17. Poland
  18. Portugal
  19. Slovenia
  20. Sweden

India Missing From the List

Looking at the list of 20 countries mentioned by the exchange, we find that India is conspicuously missing. Then again, the ban on crypto trading by the RBI had severely crippled the exchange from operating within the country. The exchange had first disabled all fiat activity. Users could no longer deposit or withdraw the local Rupee on the exchange.

However, crypto-to-crypto trading was still active up until the 28th of September when the exchange made the following announcement to halt all exchange services:

We are stopping our exchange. At 4 PM today, we will cancel unexecuted orders & credit your coins to your Zebpay wallet. No new orders will be accepted. The Zebpay wallet will work even after the exchange stops.

The reason the exchange gave for halting its services, was that the RBI ban had crippled all its exchange activities.

What are your thoughts of Zebpay moving operations to Malta? Do you think it was the right move given the RBI ban in India? Please let us know in the comment section below. 

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