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A cryptocurrency exchange based in Singapore with its own native stablecoin called HUSD.

Huobi is a Seychelles-based cryptocurrency exchange. Founded in China, the company now has offices in Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and the United States. In August 2018 it became a publicly listed Hong Kong company.


Huobi was founded in 2013 by Leon Li. An alumnus of Tsinghua University, Li was a computer engineer at Oracle before founding Huobi.

On May 15, 2013, the Huobi Group acquired the domain. On August 1, Huobi launched a simulation trading platform, and on September 1 the Bitcoin trading platform launched.

In November 2013, Huobi received angel investments from Dai Zhikang and Zhen Fund. In 2014, Huobi raised a $10 million venture capital investment from Sequoia Capital. In August 2014, Huobi acquired Bitcoin wallet provider Quick Wallet.

In December 2013, trading volume exceeded 30 billion yuan, making Huobi China's largest digital asset trading platform at the time. In June 2016, its total transaction volume reached 1 trillion RMB, and in November 2016 1.7 trillion yuan, accounting for more than 60% of the global bitcoin exchange market. On December 22, 2016, its daily transaction volume surpassed 200 billion yuan.

In August 2017 Huobi and OKCoin controversially invested 1 billion yuan ($150 million) of idle client funds into wealth-management products.

In September 2017, the Chinese government banned initial coin offerings (ICOs) and trading on domestic cryptocurrency exchanges, rendering many people's holdings effectively worthless, including those of users on Huobi's exchange. In response, Huobi adjusted its business and organizational structure to promote global expansion. In October 2017, Huobi officially expanded into Korea with a new headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, and opened trading in March 2018.

In November 2017, it launched operations in Singapore with total volume in the first month exceeding 30 billion RMB. In December 2017, it launched an office in Tokyo, Japan and announced that it would set up two crypto exchanges in Japan in early 2018, through a partnership with Japanese financial group SBI Group. In March 2018, Huobi announced that it will be launching in the United States.

As of March 2018, Huobi processed around US $1 billion in trades daily.

In August 2018, in a reverse takeover, Huobi acquired a 74% stake in Hong Kong electronics manufacturer Pantronics Holdings, becoming listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

In November 2020, Huobi launches Huobi Labuan to realize regulated crypto exchange in Malaysia.


June 21, 2021
Huobi announces new Fiat-to-Crypto gateway for pound sterling users.
November 2017
Huobi raises a $1,000,000 initial Coin Offering from Node Capital.
March 2014
Huobi raises a $1,000,000 series A round.

Funding rounds


Further reading


Huobi Global Exchange - Trading Volume, Stats & Info | Coinranking

Web & Margin User Guide-Getting Started-Huobi Global


Third Largest Crypto Exchange Huobi OPens Deposits for New "Stablecoin Solution" HUSD.

William Suberg


Documentaries, videos and podcasts


Louis Hinnant
July 27, 2021
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao is looking for a person with a regulatory background to replace him. Huobi is dissolving its company in China.
Tim Copeland
June 28, 2021
The Block
The exchange has prohibited its users in China from accessing derivatives markets, having already reduced the amount of leverage available.
June 21, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- Huobi Global, one of the world's leading digital assets exchanges, announced last week the launch of a new fiat-to-crypto gateway for its Pound...
Huobi Global
June 16, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- Huobi confirms that it has burned 5.826 million HT worth approximately $138.579 million in May as a continuing part of the token burning...
Wolfie Zhao
June 9, 2021
The Block
The two big Chinese internet services have started blocking search results for keywords relating to crypto exchanges.


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