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Hong Kong SFC Greenlights First Bitcoin and Ethereum Spot ETF, Which Companies Secured Approval?

Hong Kong took a significant step towards cementing its status as a regional crypto hub on Monday by greenlighting several spot Bitcoin and Ethereum exchange-traded funds (ETFs), signaling the city’s growing embrace of digital assets.

China Asset Management, a prominent Chinese asset manager, revealed that its Hong Kong unit had received approval from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) to offer retail asset management services related to spot crypto ETFs. Collaborating with OSL and BOCI International, it plans to issue spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs, providing investors with more diversified options.

Similarly, Harvest Global Investments announced that its two spot crypto ETFs had received in-principle approval from the SFC. In a bid to address concerns such as high margin requirements, these ETFs will be issued in partnership with OSL.

Meanwhile, Bosera Asset Management and HashKey Capital disclosed to The Block that the regulator had conditionally approved two spot crypto ETFs jointly managed by the pair. While details about the conditions were not immediately clarified, the Bosera HashKey Bitcoin ETF and the Bosera HashKey Ether ETF are expected to allow investors to subscribe for ETF shares using Bitcoin and Ethereum directly.

Bosera emphasized the significance of these ETFs, stating, “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 center and a hub for virtual assets.”

Hong Kong’s welcoming stance towards crypto firms stands in stark contrast to its neighboring Chinese mainland’s crackdown on cryptocurrency trading and mining. Last year, Hong Kong initiated its crypto licensing regime for trading platforms, granting licenses to platforms like HashKey and OSL.

Looking ahead, Adrian Wang, CEO of Asia-based digital asset management firm Metalpha, anticipates significant traction for the upcoming spot Ethereum ETFs. “I think ETH ETF could be more influential and important compared to that of Bitcoin, as investors have options to gain Bitcoin exposure with Bitcoin-related stocks like mining companies, but there are no ETH-related stocks as of now,” Wang remarked.

HashKey Group COO Livio Weng: ” This will serve as a significant milestone for traditional financial institutions in Hong Kong to enter the market and provide retail users with a more convenient purchasing gateway. Hong Kong’s ETFs have their unique features, supporting subscription and redemption not only in cash but also in kind. In particular, the issuance of the world’s first Ethereum spot ETF will continue to solidify Hong Kong’s leading position in the global virtual asset market.”

With the approval of spot crypto ETFs, Hong Kong is poised to further solidify its position as a global financial powerhouse embracing the future of digital finance.

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