HKMA Urges Banks to Provide Banking Services to Virtual Asset Service Providers

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) released the Access to Banking Services for Corporate Customers circular to facilitate virtual asset service providers (VASPs) to access banking services in the Hong Kong. This came ahead of the implementation of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) licensing regime for VASPs on 1 June 2023. By paving the way for licensing applicants to meet the SFC’s requirement for bank account details before approving their licensing applications, the circular seeks to connect VASPs and banks in a transparent and secure manner. Follow this link to read an analysis in which we will take a closer look at the HKMA’s circular and its implications for VASPs in Hong Kong.

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