JAN 24, 2024
OKX and HashKey plan partnership to promote industry development
HashKey Group, the Hong Kong-based regulated cryptocurrency exchange, is planning a partnership with crypto derivatives platform OKX.
Advancing innovation and growth
The duo announced their plans via a press release which was published on Tuesday. The objective of the partnership is aimed at advancing compliant virtual asset innovation and industry growth in Hong Kong.
The collaboration between HashKey Group and OKX capitalizes on the strengths and resources of both entities to elevate services and experiences. Harnessing these strengths the pair intend to contribute towards Hong Kong’s emergence as a hub for the regulated virtual asset industry. The partnership will encompass various industry initiatives, including blockchain infrastructure development, product diversification and virtual asset investment education within the region.
First regulated exchange
Notably, HashKey Group achieved a significant milestone last year by becoming the first Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC)-regulated crypto exchange authorized to serve retail users.
The firm secured Type 1 and Type 7 licenses from the SFC, in line with the “compliance first” approach the company is taking. Founded in 2018 and headquartered in Hong Kong, with operations in Singapore and Tokyo, HashKey Group caters to a diverse clientele, including retail investors, institutions, family offices, funds and professional investors.
The services offered by the company encompass a Hong Kong SFC-regulated virtual asset exchange, global asset management and wealth management, with a focus on blockchain and digital assets, blockchain node validation, tokenization and Web3 incubation and community operations.
Its Singaporean subsidiary, digital asset fund manager HashKey Capital, secured a regulatory license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in December.
OKX Ventures, the investment division of OKX, played a crucial role in supporting HashKey’s Series A financing. That Series A funding round saw HashKey achieve unicorn status with a $1.2 billion valuation earlier this month.
OKX Ventures focuses on investing in projects that nurture sustainable growth within the global virtual asset ecosystem. OKX, already serving over 50 million users worldwide, has a notable presence with sponsorships that include Manchester City FC in the English Premier League (EPL) and the McLaren Formula 1 racing team. Earlier this month, the company expanded its sponsorship with McLaren.
The digital asset exchange began onboarding customers in Hong Kong a month before officially launching operations there, aligning with the city’s new virtual asset service providers (VASPs) regime implemented on June 1 of last year. In March 2023, OKX established a Hong Kong entity to launch virtual asset services, with plans to apply for the virtual asset service provider (VASP) license and Type 1 & 7 licenses under the Securities and Futures Ordinance. Approval is anticipated by early 2024.
The collaborative effort between HashKey Group and OKX marks a significant stride in advancing compliant virtual asset innovations in Hong Kong. This partnership aims to enhance service offerings and customer experiences, further solidifying Hong Kong’s position as a regulated virtual asset industry hub. By leveraging their respective strengths, these industry leaders are well placed to assist in elevating Hong Kong’s standing in the global virtual asset landscape, fostering growth and compliance in this rapidly evolving sector.