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It's official: Hong Kong's first Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) licensing regime will take effect in June 2023, as part of the Government's efforts to develop the city into a leading virtual asset hub.

While virtual assets are attracting increasing attention from institutional and private investors alike, developments in the global sphere haven't been so rosy as of late, especially for cryptocurrencies, with market turmoil affecting the valuation of digital assets, and notable names in the field facing reputational crises.

What exciting opportunities or potential perils lie ahead for businesses investing or interested in this evolving field? Between facilitating financial innovation and the need for regulatory safeguards, what does the future look like for Hong Kong's virtual asset market?

Join us on 15 February, when Ms Elizabeth Wong, Director, Licensing and Head, Fintech Unit, Intermediaries at SFC; Dr Anthony Ng, CEO at Hong Kong Virtual Asset Exchange; and Mr Benjamin Quinlan, CEO & Managing Partner at Quinlan & Associates, will cast light on what the recent passage of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Bill 2022 means for the city's businesses, and discuss the way forward for the industry.

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DISCLAIMER
Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

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Speaker(s)

Ms Elizabeth Wong, Director of Licensing and Head of Fintech Unit, Intermediaries, Securities and Futures Commission

Wong is a Director of Licensing and Head of Fintech unit of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission.

Her work involves the formulation of the Commission’s policy on fintech matters and leading and supervising the licensing application approval process for virtual asset trading platforms, robo-advisers, virtual asset fund managers and traditional securities and asset management firms. Prior to taking up this role, Wong worked in the Investment Products Division and the Intermediaries Supervision Department and played a key role in Commission-wide policy initiatives including developing and enhancing Hong Kong as an international asset management centre and introducing guidelines for regulating the sale of investment products through online distribution and advisory platforms.

Wong practised as a banking and finance lawyer in Hong Kong prior to joining the Commission.

Dr Anthony Ng, CEO, Hong Kong Virtual Asset Exchange

Ng has over 5 years fintech and virtual asset industry experience, and around 20 years’experience in finance and business operations with strong product knowledge in various financial products. Experienced in providing electronic trading support and services to global clients. His research areas include Artificial Neural Network, Algo Trading, and Trading systems.

Ng has previously worked as Managing Director of CITIC Futures International, he also has working experience at Morgan Stanley, Newedge Group, and Myriad Asset Management. Ng obtained a DBA from University of South Australia, MPhil from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and BBA from Hong Kong Baptist University.

Ng was elected as a 2022 Web3.0 Innovation Pioneer by Forbes China. 

Mr Benjamin Quinlan, CEO & Managing Partner, Quinlan & Associates

Quinlan is the CEO and Managing Partner of Quinlan & Associates. He is the former Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong.

Quinlan has an extensive track record advising many of the world’s leading multinational companies, financial services organisations, SMEs, and start-ups on a variety of high-profile strategic engagements. He is quoted extensively in the global financial press and is frequently interviewed by leading media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, TIME, Bloomberg, CNBC, and Reuters. He is also a regular keynote speaker at leading financial services industry conferences across the world.

Quinlan holds a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a First-Class Honours Degree in Economics (on scholarship) from Macquarie University, Sydney.

Language English
Date and Time 2023/02/15 10:00 to 11:00
Venue Chamber Theatre, 22/F United Centre and Online via Zoom
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Michelle Tse
Tel: 2823 1220
Email: michelle@chamber.org.hk
Fee
  • HK$ 120 for Members / HK$ 240 for Non-Members (In-person)
  • HK$ 100 for Members / HK$ 200 for Non-Members (Online)
+$50 for booking offline
This event accepts Chamber Coupon (terms and conditions)
Members enjoy 30% discount with BOC HKGCC VISA Card
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