Gate Group, the parent firm of cryptocurrency exchange, announced on Wednesday that it is applying for a new cryptocurrency license in Hong Kong, joining a growing list of Web3 firms entering the city.  

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Fast facts

  • The crypto license will allow the group to launch “Gate HK,” a new platform that will be designed for the Hong Kong market, Gate Group said in a press release.
  • The announcement comes a day after Paul Chan, Hong Kong’s financial secretary, announced the allocation of HK$50 million (US$ 6.37 million) for Web3 developments in the city’s annual budget for the new financial year. 
  • Earlier this week, Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission started collecting public feedback on its new proposals to regulate the crypto industry set to take effect from June.
  • Last August, Gate Group’s Hong Kong-based company, Hippo Financial Services Limited, obtained the city’s “Trust or Company Service Provider” license, which permits it to offer virtual asset custodial services.

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