- Hong Kong warns crypto companies in opposition to utilizing the phrase “financial institution”
- The Hong Kong Financial Authority (HKMA) says solely licensed banks can take “deposits.”
- Utilizing phrases akin to digital financial institution, crypto financial institution and crypto asset financial institution contravenes the Banking Ordinance.
The Hong Kong Financial Authority (HKMA) has warned crypto companies that it’s in opposition to the regulation for any unauthorised firm or platform to refer themselves as a “financial institution”, or deposit-taking companies.
Hong Kong regulation prohibits this, HKMA famous.
Solely licenced banks can take deposits
HKMA’s warning famous that companies taking such an strategy to their advertising to the general public are contravening the Banking Ordinance. The regulator notified the general public to concentrate on this truth, whereas crypto companies have been reminded that solely HKMA-licensed suppliers can use the time period financial institution or take deposits from the general public.
“Underneath the Banking Ordinance, solely licensed banks, restricted licence banks and deposit-taking firms (collectively often called “authorised establishments”), which have been granted a licence by the HKMA can perform banking or deposit-taking enterprise in Hong Kong,” the regulator warned through a press launch revealed on Friday.
Amongst phrases the Hong Kong monetary markets watchdog cautioned crypto companies to not use or describe themselves embody digital financial institution, crypto financial institution, crypto asset financial institution, digital buying and selling financial institution and digital asset financial institution. Unlicenced companies must also not declare to supply banking accounts or banking companies, in addition to describing funds despatched to accounts with the businesses as “deposits.”
Such phrases as “financial savings plans” or “low danger” and “excessive return” are additionally not allowed beneath the regulation for such unauthorised platforms.
“These descriptions might mislead members of the general public into believing that these crypto companies are banks authorised in Hong Kong, to which they’ll entrust their financial savings,” HKMA famous.
In keeping with the regulatory authority, crypto companies aren’t authorized and controlled as banks in Hong Kong. HKMA doesn’t additionally supervise these platforms, which suggests funds that individuals place with these entities don’t profit from the Hong Kong Deposit Safety Scheme.
Exchanges warned in opposition to unlawful companies
Hong Kong is without doubt one of the fastest-growing crypto hubs on the earth and plenty of crypto firms, together with exchanges, have appeared to safe regulatory approval to supply services and products there.
The Hong Kong authorities’s latest unveiling of a crypto framework geared toward remodeling the crypto sector has been lauded by many crypto business gamers.
However whereas the jurisdiction opens up the monetary hub to crypto, Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Fee (SFC) just lately warned exchanges and different suppliers in opposition to misrepresenting their regulatory standing. The regulator additionally requested exchanges to not supply companies and merchandise to traders earlier than finishing the method, or extending companies not allowed beneath the regulation.