Dubai-based cryptocurrency exchange JPEX is shutting trading on its platform amid a probe by the Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission that said the firm was operating as an unlicensed entity, according to media reports

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Fast facts

  • JPEX attributed blame to its “third-party market makers” for freezing funds and restricting liquidity, after news of investigations by Hong Kong authorities.
  • Meanwhile, Hong Kong police received at least 83 complaints about the exchange, according to a South China Morning Post report Monday.
  • Hong Kong police arrested influencer Joseph Lam Chok Monday in connection with cryptocurrency trading platform JPEX, according to media reports
  • Hong Kong has been welcoming investments from digital assets companies and has set out new rules for the industry as the city aims to become a global hub for digital assets. 
  • It allows licensed cryptocurrency trading platforms to offer services to retail investors while implementing measures to protect individual traders.

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