Hong Kong, 3 August 2023 – HashKey Exchange has announced the official upgrade of its Type 1 and Type 7 licences, becoming the first licensed virtual asset exchange for retail users in Hong Kong. This significant milestone marks a new era in the region’s cryptocurrency landscape.
License Upgrade and Expansion
Previously holding Type 1 and Type 7 licences, HashKey Exchange underwent a simplified process to obtain the licence upgrade. This allows the platform to expand its services from professional investors to retail users, addressing the market’s need for a licensed platform that offers a secure and straightforward process for buying and storing cryptocurrencies.
The COO of HashKey Group, Livio Weng, stated: “With the establishment of licensed trading platforms and the further clarity of regulatory frameworks in Hong Kong, the industry as a whole will witness increased transparency, leading to a significant boost in investor confidence.”
Security remains a paramount concern for HashKey Exchange. The platform has implemented multi-layered protection of user assets, with 98% of funds kept in cold storage and 2% in hot wallets. Regular audits and compliance inspections are conducted by the Big 4 auditing firms, reinforcing its reputation as one of the most secure exchanges globally.
New Services and Partnerships
In addition to supporting fiat currency deposits and withdrawals, HashKey Exchange has launched its virtual asset over-the-counter (OTC) trading service, HashKey Brokerage, the first compliant OTC trading platform in Hong Kong. The platform has also partnered with Standard Chartered Bank to enhance fiat currency deposit and withdrawal services.
Team Expansion and Pre-Registration
Recently, HashKey Exchange has onboarded over ten senior professionals to collaborate with top financial experts in Hong Kong, ensuring exceptional product quality and user experience. The exchange has also opened pre-registration, offering rewards with HashKey EcoPoints (HSK) and planning a grand ceremony in August to celebrate this milestone.
About HashKey Exchange
HashKey Exchange is a Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) licensed virtual asset exchange operating under Hash Blockchain Limited in Hong Kong. With ISO 27001 and ISO 27701 certifications, the exchange aims to set the standard for virtual asset exchanges in compliance, safety, and security.
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