Hong Kong Approves Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs

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  • Hong Kong approved spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs on April 15, enhancing its status as a regional cryptocurrency hub.
  • China Asset Management and Harvest Global Investments gained approvals for spot crypto ETFs.
  • Bosera Asset Management and HashKey Capital also received approvals for their ETFs.

On April 15, Hong Kong approved several spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs, advancing its ambitions to become a key cryptocurrency center in the region.

China Asset Management’s Hong Kong division announced it had secured authorization from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission to provide retail asset management services involving spot crypto ETFs. The company aims to launch spot bitcoin and ether ETFs in partnership with OSL and BOCI International.

Harvest Global Investments has also received provisional approval from the SFC for its two spot crypto ETFs, as spotted by crypto investigator Wu Blockchain. These ETFs, also in partnership with OSL, are designed to mitigate challenges such as high-margin requirements.

Another significant approval was granted to Bosera Asset Management and HashKey Capital, as spotted by crypto investigator Wu Blockchain.

Both confirmed conditional approval for their joint management of two spot crypto ETFs. They plan to introduce a spot Bitcoin ETF, the Bosera HashKey Bitcoin ETF, and a spot Ethereum ETF, the Bosera HashKey Ether ETF, which will allow direct subscriptions using Bitcoin and Ethereum. However, the launch schedule remains unspecified.

Bosera issued a statement emphasizing that launching Virtual Asset Spot ETFs offers new investment opportunities and bolsters Hong Kong’s role as an international finance center and a leader in virtual assets.

This move contrasts sharply with the stringent cryptocurrency trading and mining restrictions enforced in mainland China. Instead, Hong Kong has embraced cryptocurrency enterprises, establishing a crypto licensing regime in June 2023 that permits licensed exchanges to provide retail trading services. Hong Kong has issued licenses to two trading platforms, HashKey and OSL.