For now, only BTC and ETH futures can be listed, but the Securities and Futures Commission states that it is mulling over a potential expansion of the scope of virtual asset futures.
Huobi Global said that the application is in keeping with Hong Kong's new Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Bill that will come into force in 2023.
The Securities and Futures Commission stated that NFT issuers in Hong Kong or those targeting its investors must acquire a license if their tokens meet specific criteria.
The Hong Kong government intends to amend the AML and CFT regulations to recognize exchanges legally but plans to limit the platforms’ services only to qualified investors.
The Securities and Futures Commission would establish a new Suspected Unauthorized CIS Alert List to document investment arrangements recognized by the regulators.
OSL does not provide services to retail investors, with its clientele restricted to institutions, high net worth individuals (over US$1 million and above) and family offices.
The Securities and Futures Commission expects the shift in regulations to fix a loophole that its previous regulatory structure had presented.
Tencent has received a new license from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission to create a virtual bank powered by blockchain technology.
The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission has issued the new rules, which will enable operators to become licensed by the regulator for the first time.
So far, there’s only one firm that could be publicly identified as having received approval, namely Diginex which manages a “fund of funds” product featuring crypto assets.