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HashKey Exchange Granted AMLO License, HashKey Group Has Become a Full Licensed Virtual Asset Unicorn in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, May 31, 2024 – HashKey Exchange, the largest licensed virtual asset exchange in Hong Kong*, has successfully obtained the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance (AMLO) licence to operate a virtual asset trading platform. This is an important license within the current regulatory framework for virtual asset trading platforms in Hong Kong.

According to the latest regulations and licensing regime from the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), virtual asset trading platforms that have not obtained a license or are not deemed to be licensed, must cease their operations in Hong Kong by May 31. In this context, the successful acquisition of the AMLO license by HashKey Exchange signifies that HashKey Group has become a unicorn with a full license for virtual assets in Hong Kong.

HashKey Group's COO, Livio Weng, stated, "In the inevitable trend of Web3 compliance, particularly in international financial centers like Hong Kong, the strict regulatory requirements in the financial sector necessitate virtual asset trading platforms to possess a high level of compliance capability. The acquisition of this license is another significant breakthrough for HashKey and represents a moment of great significance for the industry. This transformation accelerates the prosperity of the compliance track and Hong Kong, as a global financial center, will have a long-lasting impact on the direction of the entire industry, serving as a demonstration effect.

HashKey Group's subsidiaries have obtained full licenses for the virtual asset industry in Hong Kong:

The trading entity Hash Blockchain Limited, under the HashKey group, has obtained licenses from the Hong Kong SFC, namely licenses Type 1 and Type 7 and AMLO. This allows us to provide virtual asset trading services to both professional investors and retail users.

HashKey's subsidiary HBS (Hong Kong) Limited has obtained licenses Type 1 and Type 4 from the Hong Kong SFC. This enables us to offer securities trading services and provide advice on securities trading and virtual assets to professional investors. Our business activities include the sale and distribution of security tokens.

HashKey Capital Limited, a subsidiary of HashKey, has obtained licenses Type 1 and Type 4 from the Hong Kong SFC. These licenses allow us to manage 100% virtual asset portfolios and provide virtual asset fund products and advisory services on securities and virtual assets to retail users.

As of now, each entity under the HashKey Group has obtained the necessary licenses from the Hong Kong SFC under its own scope of business to provide virtual asset-related services in Hong Kong. This achievement establishes them as the fully licensed unicorn enterprise in the virtual asset service in Hong Kong.

Note: As of May 30th according to CoinGecko rankings, HashKey Exchange ranks No.10th, becomes the largest licensed virtual asset exchange in Hong Kong.


About HashKey Exchange

On a mission to set the bar for virtual asset exchanges in compliance, safety, and security, HashKey Exchange (HBL) was granted as a licensed virtual asset exchange to provide retail services in Hong Kong. HashKey Exchange has received approval from the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong to operate a virtual asset trading platform under Type 1 (Dealing in securities) licence, Type 7 (Providing automated trading services) licence and Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance (AMLO) licence. As HashKey Group's flagship exchange business, HashKey Exchange provides trading services for both professional investors (PI) and retail investors. HashKey Exchange has obtained ISO 27001 (Information Security) and ISO 27701 (Data Privacy) management system certifications.

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