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dtcpay Looks to Extend Crypto Payment Services to Hong Kong

As featured on CoinNess, 15 Jul 2023

15 Jul 2023 2 mins Read


As featured on CoinNess, 15 Jul 2023

dtcpay, a Singapore-based payment processor catering to both fiat and cryptocurrencies, has set its sights on expanding into Hong Kong by the end of this year. The company also has plans to establish an office in Dubai, another prominent crypto hub, by 2024.

North Asia potential

In an interview with Tech in Asia, Kanny Lee, the group CEO of dtcpay, expressed optimism about the North Asia market, citing clear regulations and rules for digital assets and the recent opening up to retail participants. Lee believes that the region holds significant potential for growth over the course of the coming years.


dtcpay generates revenue through crypto conversion rates on transactions and has already acquired approximately 12 merchants. The company aims to onboard up to 100 merchants by the end of 2023. Since the beginning of this year, the firm has experienced a fourfold increase in transaction volume.

Seamless regional payments

Lee acknowledged that most consumers view tokens primarily as investments. Dtcpay’s objective is to unify various payment methods across different countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, and Singapore, providing a seamless experience for both merchants and consumers.


As an example, dtcpay enables users to purchase cars using cryptocurrencies, significantly reducing transaction fees from approximately 4% to just 0.5% compared to cash payments. Notable partnerships in Singapore include Cars and Coffee and DM Autohaus.


In June, dtcpay secured a pre-series A funding round, raising $16.5 million from Kwee Liong Tek. Tek, the chairperson of the Pontiac Land Group, which owns renowned hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton and Conrad Hotels in Singapore, has enabled dtcpay to target the hospitality sector. At the time Lee said that there are an increasing number of businesses expressing interest in collaborating with regulated entities in the digital assets space and combined with an increase in the adoption of digital payments, that’s turbocharging dtcpay’s business.


That focus on digital payments led to the company rebranding back in April from Digital Treasures Center to dtcpay. It appears that Hong Kong was already on the company’s radar back then as Lee stated at the time that “in Asia, particularly the key tier 1 financial capitals such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo, [they] have experienced a rapid rate of digital adoption primarily due to transparent regulatory frameworks for digital financial inclusion.”


Additionally, dtcpay obtained a major payment institution license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in August 2022. The company plans to launch a debit card in Q4 2023. That product will allow cardholders to convert their cryptocurrencies into multiple currencies without incurring foreign exchange fees.


The company was co-founded in 2019 by Sam Lin, Band Zhao, and Alice Liu, with Lee joining the company earlier this year with a view towards expanding its area of operations beyond Singapore.


With its expansion plans into Hong Kong and its focus on innovation, dtcpay is certainly aiming to establish itself as a leading player in the crypto payment services industry, catering to the evolving needs of merchants and consumers alike.


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