Huobi Technology has applied to become a regulated virtual asset trading platform with Hong Kong’s securities watchdog, as the city moves on to clarify and tighten rules on cryptocurrency-related businesses. 

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Fast facts

  • Huobi said on Thursday the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has lodged its Hong Kong unit’s license application for virtual asset trading.
  • The crypto exchange applied for licenses specifically for securities trading and automated trading services.
  • In a proposed amendment to the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Bill, virtual asset service providers (VASPs) would be required to obtain a license from the SFC to legally operate in Hong Kong.
  • Such a licensing regime is proposed to take effect in March 2023.
  • The bill was gazetted on June 24 and went through its first reading on July 6, according to the Legislative Council.

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