Crypto Game-Changer: Hong Kong's New Regulations & The Debut of the FDUSD Stablecoin!
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Crypto Game-Changer: Hong Kong's New Regulations & The Debut of the FDUSD Stablecoin!


By Miles

03 Jun 2023

2 min read


Hong Kong's new cryptocurrency regulations aiming to strengthen its position as a fintech hub took effect on June 1, focusing on asset security, segregation, and cybersecurity, while Hong Kong-based First Digital plans to launch a compliant dollar-pegged stablecoin, FDUSD.

New cryptocurrency regulations in Hong Kong took effect on June 1st as the government aims to strengthen the region as a fintech and web3 hub. The regulations focus on asset security, client asset segregation, and improved cybersecurity. The updated rules are stricter for virtual asset platforms targeting retail investors. 

Ben Roth from Auros, a crypto trading firm, acknowledged this as a crucial move towards industry maturity. He also noted an increased interest from significant capital allocators due to clear regulatory protocols. 

Aegis Custody's CEO, Serra Wei, termed the new licensing regime as a game-changer for the crypto market, advising U.S. firms to consider global expansion. Recently, Coinbase, Circle, and Ripple expressed interest in expanding overseas in response to U.S. regulatory hostility.

In related news, Hong Kong-based trust company, First Digital, plans to introduce a compliant dollar-pegged stablecoin, FDUSD, on Ethereum and BNB Chain. Backed by high-quality reserves held by regulated financial institutions, FDUSD won't be available to retail traders in Hong Kong as per the new rules. 

Last year, Binance stopped support for centralized stablecoins such as USDC and TUSD, due to the growing popularity of the BUSD stablecoin. However, following a ban on Paxos issuing BUSD by the New York Department of Financial Services, Binance resumed support for USDC and TUSD.

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