Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Fee (SFC) advised unregistered Digital Asset Buying and selling Platforms (VATPs) inside its area to submit their licensing functions by Feb. 29 or shut their companies by Might 31, in line with a Feb. 5 discover.
The monetary regulatory authority reaffirmed this deadline for cryptocurrency buying and selling corporations whereas advising buyers to have interaction with licensed platforms within the area. As outlined by the SFC, crypto merchants can confirm the regulatory standing of those platforms by March 1 through its “Record of licensed digital asset buying and selling platforms” or on the “Record of digital asset buying and selling platform candidates.”
“Traders ought to test the regulatory standing of a VATP every so often and in any occasion on 1 March 2024. It’s because VATPs working in Hong Kong which haven’t submitted their licence functions to the SFC by 29 February 2024 MUST shut down their companies in Hong Kong by 31 Might 2024 pursuant to the transitional preparations below the SFC’s regulatory regime for VATPs,” SFC added.
Final yr, Hong Kong initiated its cryptocurrency licensing framework for digital asset buying and selling platforms, paving the best way for licensed exchanges to offer retail buying and selling providers. Notably, the city-state has licensed two platforms, together with HashKey and OSL.
In the meantime, the regulatory authority diligently scrutinized functions from 14 crypto entities, together with OKX, Bybit, and HKVAEX. The SFC emphasised that the applying course of doesn’t assure approval, cautioning buyers to train prudence when participating with these platforms.
These initiatives replicate Hong Kong’s dedication to fostering a pro-crypto atmosphere. Just lately, the Monetary Providers and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB) and the Hong Kong Financial Authority (HKMA) unveiled a complete regulatory framework for stablecoins. Moreover, authorities have expressed preparedness for spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) merchandise, additional solidifying Hong Kong’s stance within the evolving crypto panorama.
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