Hong Kong: HKMA Shares Conclusion of Discussion Paper on Crypto-Assets and Stablecoins

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) issued the consultation conclusion to the discussion paper on crypto-assets and stablecoins (the “Consultation Conclusion”), summarizing the feedback “received in relation to the paper and the HKMA’s response.”

In the Consultation Conclusion, the HKMA proposes “to bring certain activities relating to stablecoins into the regulatory perimeter, and indicates the expected regulatory scope and key regulatory requirements.”

The HKMA received “a total of 58 submissions in response to the discussion paper on crypto-assets and stablecoins from the industry, public bodies, business and professional organizations, and individuals, etc.”

On the whole, the respondents were “supportive of regulating stablecoins with a risk-based and agile approach.” The respondents also broadly “supported the need to take into account the latest market developments and draw reference from the discussion of international regulatory bodies when developing the relevant regulatory regime.”

Mr Eddie Yue, Chief Executive of the HKMA, stated:

“An appropriate regulatory environment will help address financial stability risks possibly posed by stablecoins, and promote the orderly and sustainable development of the industry. We are grateful to the respondents for their valuable feedback to the discussion paper on crypto-assets and stablecoins and their general support for our recommended regulatory principles and direction. In drawing up the specific regulatory arrangements, the HKMA will consider the feedback received, latest market development and international discussion. We will also engage with stakeholders and market participants. We expect to implement the regulatory arrangements in 2023/24,”

The HKMA will “announce the regulatory arrangements and next steps in due course.”

In other recent updates from Hong Kong, ZA Bank Limited, one of the first regulated digital banks in the region, recently announced the appointment of Ronald Iu as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.

As covered recently, livi bank, Hong Kong’s “lifestyle-driven” virtual bank, is continuing its development with the pilot launch of its wealth management service, which “follows closely on livi’s launch of its first offering to Hong Kong’s SME business community.”

The paper is available here and below.


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