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Hong Kong SFC: E-Signature Verification Proposal to Boost Online Investing
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Hong Kong regulators take action against cryptocurrency exchanges and ICOs

Hong Kong SFC: E-Signature Verification Proposal to Boost Online Investing

By Jim Bulling and Edwin Tan

On 12 July 2018, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) distributed a circular providing guidance to Hong Kong intermediaries which intend to onboard and verify individual clients digitally.  This guidance was drafted in response to the increasingly common occurrence of electronic transactions where a more efficient onboarding process is necessary.

Intermediaries are required to take all reasonable steps to establish the identity of their clients, including adopting a satisfactory account opening approach for their clients.  If clients are not physically present for identification purposes, there will be a higher chance of risks eventuating including impersonation.

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Hong Kong regulators take action against cryptocurrency exchanges and ICOs

By Rizwan Qayyum

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) have issued formal warnings to seven cryptocurrency exchanges and seven issuers of initial coin offerings. This follows their initial statement on ICOs released on 5 September 2017, and represents their first regulatory action.

The SFC has sent letters to seven cryptocurrency exchanges “in Hong Kong or with connections to Hong Kong”, which provides a warning that they should not be trading cryptocurrencies which are “securities” as defined in the Securities and Futures Ordinance (“SFO”) without a licence.  The exchanges responded immediately, either by confirming that they do not provide trading services for such currencies or took rectification measures, including removing relevant cryptocurrencies from their platforms.

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