Huobi Korea Set To Breakoff From Parent Entity: Report


  • The Korean division plans to operate on its own and separate from Huobi Global, the parent company of the Singapore-based crypto exchange.
  • Local media house News1 reported ongoing negotiations for an equity deal between major shareholders.
  • The separation comes on the heels of staff cuts and changes to the company’s operational structure. 

Huobi Korea is on the verge of separating from its parent entity amid internal restructuring and staff cuts, local media outlet News1 reported on Monday. According to the report, the Korean division of the major crypto exchange plans to operate a standalone business moving forward. 

As part of the process, major stakeholders within the company will negotiate an equity deal. Huobi Global Founder Leon Lin currently who owns roughly 72% of the platform’s Korean subsidiary, will reportedly split ownership between Chairman Jo Guk-Bong and other majority shareholders at the crypto exchange per New1’s report

Lin founded the crypto exchange over a decade ago in 2013. Since then, the platform has grown into an authority in the digital asset trading ecosystem. According to data pulled from CoinMarketCap, the platform ranks among the top 20 cryptocurrency exchanges by daily trading volume.

Huobi Crisis

Monday’s news came amid a raft of developments at the crypto exchange giant. Similar to other virtual currency trading venues like Coinbase and Gemini, Huobi announced staff layoffs of about 20% at the start of January 2023. 

In addition to reducing the team size, Huobi also restructured the payment method for local employees. According to a company email, employees will receive their salaries in Tether’s USDT, the largest stablecoin currency in crypto at press time. 

Huobi Advisor Justin Sun Backs Crypto Exchange Amid Massive Withdrawal

Indeed, Tron Founder Justin Sun transferred $100 million in the stablecoin to the platform as users bombarded the crypto exchange with withdrawal requests. Security firm PeckShield reported that Sun moved 50 million USDT and 50 million in Circle USD Coin (USDC) in a bid to restore confidence in the crypto exchange. 

Sun’s monster asset transfer happened in the middle of rumors that claimed Huobi might be insolvent.