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Hong Kong to Pioneer World’s First Ethereum Spot ETF, Opposes US Regulatory Speculation

During a press conference held on April 29, ahead of the debut of spot crypto ETFs in Hong Kong, prominent figures from the digital asset management and custody sectors addressed queries concerning these innovative investment products.

Notably, Zhu Haokang, the head of China Asset Management, and Wayne Huang, the head of OSL Digital Securities, fielded questions on the potential ramifications of Ether (ETH) being classified as a security by US regulators.

Responding to concerns regarding the world’s first spot Ether ETF and its susceptibility to US regulatory decisions, Huang expressed optimism, stating, “Probably not, because whether the United States defines Ethereum as a security does not affect the independent decision-making of the Hong Kong Securities Regulatory Commission.”

Highlighting the autonomy of the Hong Kong regulatory body, Huang emphasized that the Commission maintains its distinct evaluation procedures for determining the security status of crypto assets and their tradability for retail investors. “It will not be affected by different opinions between various departments in the United States, or ultimately their own unilateral definition,” he affirmed.

Moreover, Huang explained the rationale behind Hong Kong’s pioneering role in launching an Ethereum spot ETF, contrasting it with the regulatory landscape in the United States. He noted the complexity and multiplicity of regulatory voices in the US compared to Hong Kong’s clear stance on Ethereum, asserting that “Ethereum is not a security.” This clarity, he contended, positions Hong Kong as a favorable jurisdiction for offering Ethereum and Bitcoin to retail investors.

Meanwhile, the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s ongoing investigation into the Ethereum Foundation underscores the contentious debate surrounding the regulatory status of cryptocurrencies.

In tandem with China Asset Management’s initiatives, Bosera Asset Management and Harvest Global Investments have also rolled out crypto ETFs via their Hong Kong subsidiaries on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on April 30, trading under the tickers CAM, BOS, and HGI.

Further solidifying its position in the burgeoning crypto ETF landscape, OSL Digital Securities secured the role of the first virtual asset trading and sub-custodian partner for China Asset Management (Hong Kong) on April 15.

Established in 1998 and headquartered in Beijing, China Asset Management stands as a significant player in China’s financial landscape, boasting a robust portfolio as one of the country’s premier fund families, according to Cointelegraph.

As Hong Kong emerges as a frontrunner in facilitating crypto investment vehicles, the region’s ETF issuers remain resolute in their commitment to navigating regulatory complexities while capitalizing on burgeoning investor interest in digital assets.

Despite the slow-moving regulatory landscape in the United States, characterized by increasing complexity rather than clear progress, Hong Kong stands firm in its position as a regulatory trailblazer in the crypto space.


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