Here Are All The Licensed Crypto Services Providers in Singapore

Here Are All The Licensed Crypto Services Providers in Singapore

by November 24, 2022

On January 14, 2019, the Singapore Parliament passed its comprehensive Payment Services Act (PS Act), replacing the former Payment Systems Oversight Act and Money-Changing and Remittance Businesses Act to broaden the scope of regulated payment activities to include emerging trends and industries like digital assets and cryptocurrencies.

The legislation, which aims to provide regulatory certainty and consumer safeguards in relation to payments activities, all the while encouraging innovation and growth of payment services and fintech, regulates seven services: account issuance, domestic money transfers, cross-border money transfers, merchant acquisition services, e-money issuance, money-changing, and so-called digital payment token (DPT) services.

It also lays out a modular licensing framework comprising three different license classes. Each license allows the holder to conduct multiple specific payment services. The Money-Changing License allows businesses to conduct money-changing services; the Standard Payment Institution License allows them to conduct multiple payment services below specified thresholds, and the Major Payment Institution License allows businesses to conduct multiple payment services without any limits on transaction volume or float.

Singapore's Payment Services Act licensing framework for payment service providers, Source: Deloitte, 2019

Singapore’s Payment Services Act licensing framework for payment service providers, Source: Deloitte, 2019

Since the PS Act came into effect on January 28, 2020, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has received over 580 applications for payments services licenses and completed the review of more than half of them, MAS board member Alvin Tan said on April 4, 2022.

He added that 87 applications had been approved, 11 were rejected, and 147 entities withdrew their applications. Around 179 entities remained exempted from licensing and still awaited regulatory review.

Data from MAS’ Financial Institutions Directory show that, as of August 01, 2022, 231 Money-Changing, 13 Standard Payment Institutions, and 175 Major Payment Institution licenses had been issued. Of these, only ten companies were permitted to provide DPT services. In addition, desk research suggests that at least four companies have received in-principle approval for either a Standard or Major Payment Institution license.

These figures suggest that despite early claims that a clear regulatory framework would provide a solid foundation for Singapore to consolidate its position as Asia’s crypto hub and allow the nation to see the emergence of a thriving crypto sector, the rules have actually weeded out an awful lot of startups, among which Binance and Huobi.

Further highlighting Singapore’s changing stance towards crypto businesses, several new rules have been introduced this year, which forbid DPT service providers to promote their services to the general public, and require crypto service providers in the city-state which only do business overseas to be licensed regardless.

More regulations are set to hit the market in the coming months, including rules governing retail participation and the use of leverage in crypto investing, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Minister in charge of MAS, wrote in a statement to the Parliament on July 04, 2022.

Singapore’s eleven licensed crypto services providers

As of 1 December 2022, MAS had given the green light to ten crypto service providers. These entities comprise nine Major Payment Institution licensees and two Standard Payment Institution licensees.

Nine Major Payment Institutions permitted to provide DPT Services

DBS Vickers Securities

DBS Vickers Securities is a securities and derivatives brokerage firm owned by DBS that allows clients to invest in stock exchanges, initial public offerings (IPOs) and private placements. It’s also the operator of the DBS Digital Exchange, a provider of member-only exchanges offering professional investors with access to digital assets such as security tokens and crypto.

Digital Treasures Center

Digital Treasures Center (DTC) is an enterprise solutions provider offering merchants online services for accepting digital payment solutions including payment settlement, debit card, digital wallets, and cryptocurrencies.



FOMO Pay provides a digital payment processing platform that allows merchants and financial institutions in emerging markets to accept a full suite of mobile payments, including cryptocurrencies.

Independent Reserve


Independent Reserve is a regulated crypto exchange serving more than 200,000 customers in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.


Revolut is a digital bank from the UK that’s looking to introduce DPT services in Singapore soon, including the ability for local customers to buy, sell, and hold cryptocurrencies.


Sparrow Tech Private offers digital asset products and solutions. These include enabling PayNow transactions for institutional and high-net-worth clients who buy and sell cryptocurrencies using fiat on its trading platform, as well as working with financial institutions and family offices to design bespoke digital asset solutions.


Hako Technology operates the Coinhako crypto exchange platform, which allows investors to buy and sell cryptocurrencies using various payment methods including bank transfers and credit cards.


Paxos is a New York-headquartered financial institution and technology company specializing in blockchain technology. The company’s product offerings include a cryptocurrency brokerage service, asset tokenization services, and settlement services.


MetaComp, formerly known as Cyberdyne Tech Services, will now be able to offer an end-to-end suite of digital asset services to corporates, as well as traditional and crypto-native institutional investors.

Two Standard Payment Institutions permitted to provide DPT Services



BHOP Consulting runs BHex, a financial decentralized digital asset trading platform. The company provides crypto assets, as well as custody and clearing infrastructure services.


Triple A Technologies provides a white-label crypto payment solution, serving e-commerce merchants, retailers, game providers, payment services providers, fintech companies, marketplaces and tech companies.

At least seven crypto companies have received in-principle approval

crypto-com is a crypto exchange headquartered in Singapore that supports trading, investing, staking, wallets, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and more. It claims 50 million customers.


Luno is a global crypto exchange headquartered in London that serves over 10 million customers across more than 40 countries.

coinbaseCoinbase is a digital asset exchange company initially headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has become a remote-first company. They broker exchanges of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Solana, and other digital assets.

Blockchain-com, formerly known as, is based in London, England. It has cryptocurrency trading services, a blockchain wallet for storing digital currencies, lending services, and various data creation systems for the blockchain economy.


Circle is a financial technology company that uses blockchain technology for its peer-to-peer payments and cryptocurrency-related products, enabling businesses and individuals to use digital currency. The company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.


Sygnum is a digital asset technology group with a Swiss banking license and a Singapore Capital Markets Services (CMS) license. 

Its products and services include a digital asset management platform, a digital currency trading platform, and a range of other products and services. 


Genesis Trading is a blockchain advisory and investment firm headquartered in Singapore called Genesis Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. 

The company provides a single access point for digital asset trading, derivatives, borrowing, lending, custody, and prime brokerage services.

However, it has stopped withdrawals in its lending business, becoming the latest casualty of crypto exchange FTX’s implosion.

Crypto firm that withdrew its license application


Hodlnaut is a Singapore-based fintech startup that allows crypto investors to earn interest on their crypto holdings by lending them to vetted institutions.

However, it has withdrawn its Major Payment Institution License application from MAS and halted withdrawals, token swaps, and deposits with immediate effect citing “market conditions” as its reason.

Hodlnaut and its directors are currently being investigated by the police for possible cheating and fraud offences.

Featured image credit: Edited from Unsplash

Editor’s Note: This article was last updated on 1 December to reflect recent changes in licensing status

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