Hong Kong to Launch First Spot Crypto ETFs with Advanced Brokerage and Operational Support


Hong Kong’s financial market is poised for a significant milestone with the upcoming launch of the region’s first Spot Crypto Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs). This groundbreaking initiative is being spearheaded by OSL Digital Securities (“OSL”), a licensed and regulated digital assets exchange platform, in partnership with versatile securities brokerage Solomon JFZ (Asia) Holdings Limited (“Solomon”).

The expanded collaboration between OSL and Solomon moves beyond their existing omnibus brokerage model to encompass comprehensive advisory and operational support. This support is specifically tailored to facilitate the in-kind subscription and redemption processes critical for the successful deployment and management of these ETFs. Investors will now be able to subscribe to or redeem ETF shares directly with the underlying digital assets, thanks to Solomon’s new role as a participating dealer.

Robust Expertise and Financial Innovation

OSL, recognized for its secure digital asset custodian and regulated trading services, coupled with Solomon’s adept financial handling, ensures that these ETFs meet the highest standards. Patrick Pan, Chairman of the Board & CEO of OSL, emphasized the importance of this development for Hong Kong’s financial ecosystem. “The introduction of these ETFs marks a significant enrichment of Hong Kong’s financial landscape, enhancing investment options and market liquidity which are crucial for our economy’s dynamism. At OSL, leveraging our status as the only publicly listed digital assets company in Hong Kong, we ensure leadership through stringent regulatory compliance and a proven track record, evidenced by our successful SOC 2 Type 2 audit. We’re proud to support this pivotal financial innovation.”

Strategic Role of Solomon in the ETF Launch

Solomon’s participation as one of the first SFC-approved dealers for physical in-kind subscription and redemption is a critical component of this initiative. Thomas Tam, Chief Executive Officer of SOLOWIN, expressed excitement about Solomon’s role in the launch. “We are excited to play a crucial role in the launch of the first spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETF in Hong Kong. The approval, coming just three months after the U.S. introduced similar ETFs which attracted around US$12 billion in investments, marks a significant regulatory advancement for Hong Kong’s aspirations to be a global virtual asset hub. The introduction of the in-kind subscription mechanism that allows investors to buy into the ETF using Bitcoin or Ethereum directly is viewed as a transformative vehicle for channeling significant investment into the virtual asset space.”

A New Era for Hong Kong’s Financial Market

The partnership between OSL and Solomon, and their concerted efforts to enhance the financial infrastructure for digital assets, underscores Hong Kong’s commitment to becoming a leading global virtual asset hub. The launch of these spot crypto ETFs is expected to attract significant investments and provide a new avenue for investors to engage with digital assets, ultimately enriching the region’s financial market.

With these advancements, Hong Kong is set to pave the way for future financial innovations, positioning itself at the forefront of the digital asset revolution.

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