Hong Kong SFC opens consultation to regulate crypto exchanges
The Securities and Futures Fee (SFC) of Hong Kong has referred to as on the general public to supply suggestions on its proposed regulation for crypto exchanges in search of to serve retail traders in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong authorities acquired a number of commendations from the crypto group following its plan to legalize crypto buying and selling for retail traders from June 1.
Nevertheless, to make sure a secure funding setting, the SFC Chair Julia Leung mentioned that retail traders would solely be allowed to commerce extremely liquid crypto property.
Exchanges to acquire a license from the SFC
In mild of Hong Kong’s plan to legalize crypto buying and selling, the SFC announced on Feb. 20 that it had launched a session paper for the general public to supply suggestions on the fee’s regulatory plan for crypto exchanges.
Below the SFC’s requirements, all crypto exchanges providing buying and selling companies in Hong Kong should be licensed by the SFC.
The SFC mentioned it’s in search of suggestions on whether or not to permit licensed exchanges to serve retail traders and the measures to be carried out to make sure enough investor safety.
SFC Chair Julia Leung mentioned the proposed necessities embody strong measures to guard traders — following the ‘identical enterprise, identical dangers, identical guidelines’ ideas.
The fee has invited all crypto market members to supply suggestions on its proposed regulatory necessities on or earlier than March 31.
As well as, the SFC has urged crypto exchanges keen to proceed working in Hong Kong to duly apply for a license, whereas those that don’t intend to use for a license ought to shut down their operations.
Huobi strikes to acquire Hong Kong license
Tron founder and Huobi adviser Justin Solar announced on Feb. 20 that Huobi will probably be launched in Hong Kong because it seeks to acquire a crypto buying and selling license from the SFC.
“With the brand new license, Huobi will have the ability to broaden its companies and choices to clients in Hong Kong, offering a wider vary of crypto buying and selling and funding choices,” Solar mentioned.
The brand new exchange- Huobi Hong Kong- will probably be centered on offering buying and selling companies for institutional traders and high-net-worth people.