Hong Kong regulators greenlight spot bitcoin and ether ETFs

  • Hong Kong regulators have greenlit the launch of spot bitcoin and ether exchange-traded funds (ETFs), aligning with efforts in the US to introduce similar products this year.
  • The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong has granted licences to three ETF providers, including ChinaAMC, Harvest Global, and Bosera International.
  • Hong Kong positions itself as a regulated crypto hub amidst China’s trading ban, bolstering its status with virtual asset ETFs.

Hong Kong regulators authorised the introduction of spot bitcoin and ether exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on Monday, in line with US efforts to introduce similar products into the market this year.

Regulatory nods

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong has licenced three ETF providers, including ChinaAMC, Harvest Global and Bosera Interntaionl.

ChinaAMC, an integrated asset management company, confirmed that it had obtained regulatory approval for offering “virtual asset management services” and is currently in the process of actively allocating resources towards developing a spot bitcoin and ether ETF.

According to the SFC, if an ETF application satisfies all of its standards, it will be granted a conditional authorisation letter, subject to certain prerequisites such as fee payments, document submissions, and listing permission from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX).

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Harvest Global and Bosera International, two other asset management firms based in Hong Kong, have officially acknowledged the SFC approval in their statements. Despite obtaining approval for the ETFs, these asset managers have not yet commenced their launch.

Hong Kong’s bid to become a crypto hub

Mainland China has implemented stringent measures to outlaw cryptocurrency trading within its borders following a severe crackdown in 2021. However, Hong Kong has been positioning itself as a regulated crypto hub in locations such as Dubai and Singapore.

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According to Bosera Asset Management in its statement: “The introduction of the virtual asset spot ETFs not only provides investors with new asset allocation opportunities but also reinforces Hong Kong’s status as an international financial centre and a hub for virtual assets.”

Hong Kong nears approval for ether ETF

Hong Kong might soon be one of the first places worldwide to approve an ether ETF. In contrast, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission hasn’t decided yet about this type of product.


Sylvia Shen

Sylvia Shen is an editorial assistant at Blue Tech Wave specialising in Fintech and Blockchain. She graduated from the University of California, Davis. Send tips to s.shen@btw.media.

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