Binance-linked HKVAEX ends Hong Kong operations by May



  • HKVAEX, linked to Binance, has withdrawn its Hong Kong license application.
  • The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong set a compliance deadline for February 29.
  • HKVAEX’s withdrawal leads to its operations ceasing in Hong Kong by May 31.

HKVAEX, which is thought to be associated with Binance, has pulled out its license application for Hong Kong. This development followed a deadline set by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) for cryptocurrency exchanges. The date was targeted to formalize the operations of the crypto exchanges within the area by February 29. HKVAEX filed its licensure application on January 4, with an emphasis on the initial compliance activities.

The SFC’s online portal confirms the withdrawal by HKVAEX nearly three months post-application. With the withdrawal, the exchange is now set to cease its operations in Hong Kong by May 31. This decision places HKVAEX among other virtual asset trading platforms that have recently pulled back their license applications.

Binance ties questioned after HKVAEX withdrawal

The exact reasons behind the withdrawal of HKVAEX’s application remain undisclosed. However, the crypto community has speculated on various possible reasons, ranging from regulatory demands to internal audit changes. Such speculations stem from broader industry challenges, as evidenced by three other significant platforms retracting their applications in 2024. Among them is Huobi, a well-known global crypto exchange.

These withdrawals reflect a growing trend of crypto exchanges facing regulatory and operational hurdles. For HKVAEX, this step back marks a significant shift, given its technical and resource-sharing background with Binance, as reported by Chinese state media. The community awaits further comments from Binance regarding its association with HKVAEX and the latter’s decision.

CommEx closure marks regulatory ripple in crypto

This withdrawal not only impacts HKVAEX and its operations but also signals a broader regulatory impact on the crypto market in Hong Kong. The move by HKVAEX to wind up its Hong Kong operations adds to the narrative of crypto exchanges reassessing their global footprints amidst tightening regulations. Moreover, CommEx, another exchange with Binance ties, announced its closure, ceasing operations and stopping deposits.

The crypto industry is at a juncture where regulatory compliance and market strategy recalibrations are becoming increasingly significant. As exchanges navigate these complexities, the ecosystem anticipates how these developments will shape the regulatory landscape and operational strategies moving forward. With Binance’s hinted exit from Russia and the step-down of its Eastern Europe VP, the industry watches closely how these global shifts will influence crypto exchange operations and strategies.

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