22 Crypto Firms Seek Operational Licenses in Hong Kong

UTC by Mayowa Adebajo · 3 min read
22 Crypto Firms Seek Operational Licenses in Hong Kong
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Jurisdictions like Hong Kong offer a middle ground, balancing investor protection with fostering innovation and economic growth.

Hong Kong appears to have suddenly become a focal point for at least 22 aspiring crypto exchanges. This follows after the territory’s financial regulator – the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) – recently revealed that it has revealed applications from industry giants such as OKX, ByBit, Huobi HK, and many others.

Subject to their applications being approved, the firms would be able to operate as crypto exchanges in the region. That is, they may begin offering retail trading services even as Hong Kong continues intensifying its efforts to become a major crypto hub.

Hong Kong Keen on Creating a Robust Crypto Ecosystem

Without a doubt, Hong Kong is fast establishing itself as a crypto-friendly region. Its relatively clear regulatory framework has recently caught the eyes of many crypto-based firms, who are looking for a conducive environment where their blockchain and digital asset businesses can thrive.

However, considering the diverse nature of the pool of applicants currently seeking to pitch their business tents in the location, Hong Kong looks poised to become not just a regional crypto hub but a global one.

Notably, OKX, one of the biggest crypto exchanges globally, is currently seeking a license in Hong Kong. OKX will be coming to the table with a proven track record in facilitating digital asset trading.

Joining the fray is Bybit, which is also renowned for its derivatives trading platform. ByBit will be bringing its innovative trading solutions to the ecosystem while the likes of Huobi HK also seek to leverage their technological prowess to cater to the evolving needs of traders and investors alike.

Ultimately, with each company bringing its unique strengths and perspectives to the table, the influx of diverse players promises to foster healthy competition and innovation within the sector.

As Coinspeaker earlier reported, Hong Kong has already granted licenses to two platforms since it officially began its licensing regime last June. So far, only HashKey and OSL have bagged the license. However, the SFC has also warned that crypto platforms operating in Hong Kong must submit license applications or shut down business in the region by the end of March.

Regulatory Compliance on The Rise

The move to seek licenses in Hong Kong reflects a broader trend of regulatory compliance and institutional acceptance within the crypto industry. That is as governments worldwide grapple with the complexities of regulating digital assets.  In this period, jurisdictions like Hong Kong offer a middle ground, balancing investor protection with fostering innovation and economic growth.

Furthermore, obtaining a license in Hong Kong not only provides legitimacy and credibility to these exchanges but also opens doors to a vast market of potential users and investors in the region. With Asia playing an increasingly pivotal role in the global crypto space, securing a foothold in Hong Kong positions these firms for long-term success and expansion across the continent.

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