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S. Korea OKs 3rd Internet-only Bank

S. Korea OKs 3rd Internet-only Bank

SEOUL, Dec. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s financial regulator on Monday granted preliminary approval for a new internet-only bank, a move that could further fuel competition with established bigger players and foster the fledging market. The Financial Services Commission (FSC) gave the initial approval to the consortium led by South Korean fintech firm Viva [...]

Three Consortia Apply for Internet-only Bank: Regulator

Three Consortia Apply for Internet-only Bank: Regulator

SEOUL, Oct. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s financial regulator said Tuesday it received applications from three consortia, including one led by a fintech firm, for a license to set up a new internet-only bank. Fintech firm Viva Republica led one consortium, which included KEB Hana Bank, Hanwha Investment & Securities and the Korean unit [...]

Regulator OKs Upping Kakao’s Stake in Internet Bank

Regulator OKs Upping Kakao’s Stake in Internet Bank

SEOUL, Jul. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — Kakao Corp., the operator of South Korea’s leading messenger app Kakao Talk, got a nod from the country’s financial regulator Wednesday to raise its stake in the Internet-only bank Kakao Bank. Kakao Bank, the country’s second Internet-only bank, began operations in July 2017 and quickly gained popularity among local [...]

S. Korea Expected to Grant Initial Approval for 3rd Internet-only Bank Next Week

S. Korea Expected to Grant Initial Approval for 3rd Internet-only Bank Next Week

SEOUL, May 22 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s financial regulator is expected to give preliminary approval next week to a consortium to set up the nation’s third Internet-only bank, senior officials at financial authorities said Wednesday. Two consortia, one led by fintech firm Viva Republica and another by brokerage Kiwoom Securities, have been short-listed for [...]

Cabinet Endorses Bill That Eases Ownership Rule for Internet-only Banks

Cabinet Endorses Bill That Eases Ownership Rule for Internet-only Banks

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – The Cabinet on Tuesday endorsed a bill that eases ownership rules for Internet-only banks as the government plans to grant approval to more web-only banks this year, the financial regulator said. The bill allows information technology firms, such as Internet portal Naver or gaming firm Nexon, to hold more [...]

2 Internet-only Bank Permits Can be Granted Next May: Regulator

2 Internet-only Bank Permits Can be Granted Next May: Regulator

SEOUL, Dec. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The financial regulator said Sunday it can give preliminary approval to two Internet-only banks in May next year, but hinted that only one group could receive approval if another group is unsuccessful. Two Internet-only banks — K-Bank and Kakao Bank — were launched last year, challenging traditional banks in [...]

Parliamentary Panel Passes Bill on Deregulation of Internet Bank Ownership

Parliamentary Panel Passes Bill on Deregulation of Internet Bank Ownership

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — A parliamentary committee on Wednesday approved a bill aimed at allowing nonfinancial firms to have up to a 34 percent stake in Internet-only banks, easing the current 4 percent ownership limit for financial industry reform. The National Policy Committee agreed that family-owned conglomerates, known as chaebol, will not be [...]