Vertex Ventures is a subsidiary of Singapore-based government-owned investment company Temasek Holdings, which manages $223 billion in assets. The company was founded in 2015 as a global network of operator-investors, who manage portfolios in the U.S., China, Israel, India and Southeast Asia. The company focuses on early-stage investments and currently has around $2.5 billion under management.
According to the release, the investment is a joint effort between Vertex Ventures China and Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India, and aims to support Binance in developing a cryptocurrency-fiat exchange in Singapore, along with other crypto-fiat services throughout South Asia. Binance initially announced its plans to build a crypto-fiat exchange in Singapore in September.
Commenting on Binance’s plans to break into the Southeast Asian market, Wei Zhou, CFO at Binance, said that the exchange “look[s] forward to building up the blockchain ecosystem and working with all stakeholders in Singapore to support continued innovation in the local fintech space.” Binance’s operations in Singapore are subject to Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) compliance.
Earlier this month, Binance announced the launch of its fiat-to-crypto exchange in Uganda. Wei said that the company’s first fiat-to-crypto exchange in the country will help maintain sustainable economic stability in Africa, noting that the company plans to bring “more innovations to the region.”
This month, Binance also partnered with crypto compliance provider and research firm Chainalysis in order to improve its detection of suspicious transactions.