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Hong Kong’s Crypto Milestone: Major Swiss Bank SEBA Earns Preliminary Approval

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  • Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) gives in-principle approval to SEBA Bank’s local arm for providing an array of crypto services.
  • This development comes as part of SEBA Bank’s broader expansion into the Asian market, following the opening of their Hong Kong office in November 2022.

A Regulatory Leap Forward for Crypto in Hong Kong

The local branch of SEBA Bank, a crypto-friendly institution headquartered in Switzerland, has received preliminary approval for cryptocurrency services from Hong Kong’s SFC. This in-principle endorsement not only authorizes SEBA to deal in traditional securities but also grants the latitude to trade in crypto-related over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives and structured products. Additionally, SEBA is cleared to offer financial advice concerning both securities and virtual assets, as well as asset management services for discretionary accounts dealing in traditional and digital assets.

SEBA Bank: Expanding Its Crypto Footprint in Asia

SEBA Bank has already carved out a reputable presence in Switzerland, offering a diversified portfolio of services that includes trading, staking, lending, and custody of cryptocurrencies. The preliminary approval from Hong Kong’s SFC plays a crucial role in SEBA’s broader strategy for Asian market penetration. The bank inaugurated its Hong Kong office back in November 2022, with the primary focus of collaborating closely with its Zurich-based parent company.

By securing this preliminary approval, SEBA stands poised to complete the full licensure process by the last quarter of this year, a move that could be a bellwether for other financial institutions looking to extend their crypto services in the region. Amy Yu, CEO APAC of SEBA Hong Kong, praised the regulatory framework in Hong Kong and underscored the bank’s ambition to contribute to Hong Kong’s ascendance as a global crypto market leader.

Contextualizing Hong Kong’s Regulatory Stance on Crypto

Hong Kong has shown progressive steps toward crypto adoption. Policy statements issued in October 2022 and subsequent legislation in December 2022 have already laid the groundwork for full-scale licensing of crypto platforms. The territory also recently awarded retail crypto trading licenses to local firms like HashKey and an in-principle approval to Hong Kong Virtual Asset Exchange (HKVAX).

Strategically located close to mainland China, Hong Kong is positioned as an ideal hub for tapping into the vast Chinese market as and when it opens up to crypto trading. The approval granted to SEBA serves as yet another notch in Hong Kong’s belt, reinforcing its evolving status as a burgeoning crypto financial center in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Godfrey Benjamin
Godfrey Benjamin
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