Hong Kong crypto exchange HKVAEX is shutting down

  • HKVAEX, a Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange, is shutting down its services amid increasing regulatory scrutiny globally.
  • The phased suspension of HKVAEX’s services began with the immediate halt of new user registrations and virtual asset deposit services, followed by the cessation of trading services on April 5, 2024.
  • HKVAEX’s closure may be linked to its struggles in obtaining a regulatory license from Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).

HKVAEX, a Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange, has initiated a phased suspension of its services, leading to a complete shutdown by May 1, 2024.

HKVAEX announces its phased shutdown

The first step of the phased shutdown is the immediate suspension of new user registrations and virtual asset deposit services, which signals the beginning of the end of HKVAEX. The subsequent cessation of trading services is slated for April 5, 2024, marking a critical point where users will never be able to execute new trades or maintain existing ones. The platform has suggested users withdraw their assets by April 30, 2024, before the official website is delisted on May 1, 2024.

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Strict regulations of cryptocurrency operations in Hong Kong

This decision comes amidst a backdrop of increasing regulatory scrutiny in the global cryptocurrency. The suspension of HKVAEX coincides with a period of heightened regulatory focus, especially in Hong Kong where financial authorities are striving to build clear frameworks for virtual asset service providers.

The sudden suspension of HKVAEX probably relates to its licensing issues. According to reports, the exchange applied for a regulatory license with Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) on January 4, 2024, but withdrew the application on March 28, 2024. The South China Morning Post had earlier revealed that this license application was part of Binance’s efforts to secure a compliant operational status within the region.

The regulatory landscape in Hong Kong is known for its stringent approach to cryptocurrency operations. The SFC requires exchanges to adhere to strict anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) standards, along with the protection of investors’ interests. HKVAEX’s failure to secure a license suggests potential difficulties in meeting these regulatory demands.


Iris Deng

Iris Deng, an intern reporter at BTW media dedicated in Fintech and Blockchain. She is studying English at Hangzhou Dianzi University. Send tips to i.deng@btw.media.

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