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Aussie Crypto Exchange Eyes Hong Kong Expansion Amid Favorable Regulatory Landscape

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As the United States grapples with the challenges posed by an evolving cryptocurrency landscape, Asia emerges as a beacon of innovation and opportunity for digital asset businesses. 

Hong Kong, in particular, is rapidly transforming into a leading hub for the burgeoning cryptocurrency market. With the backing of Beijing, the city’s robust regulatory framework for virtual assets is enticing crypto firms worldwide to its fertile shores.

Among those eyeing a potential move to Hong Kong is Sydney-based centralised exchange (CEX) Independent Reserve

The Australian firm recently announced plans to explore the possibility of opening an office in the city, as new regulations set to launch on June 1, 2023, are expected to propel Hong Kong to the forefront of the digital asset industry.

Crypto Firms Race To Setup Shop in HK

Adrian Przelozny, CEO of Independent Reserve, stated in a Wednesday interview that a trip to Hong Kong would be planned in the near future to gain further insight into the upcoming regulations and to evaluate the city as a potential location for a new Asian office.

In a tweet the CEO revealed this comes ahead of a potential big year for Bitcoin against a background of fractional reserve banking woes.

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Hong Kong’s thriving fintech scene, which currently boasts over 800 companies, with 10% engaged in crypto assets, is predicted to surge even further. 

This anticipation has already prompted US market data provider Kaiko to announce last week that it would relocate its Asian headquarters from Singapore to Hong Kong.

Independent Reserve, which recently unveiled its new platform, Bitcoin.com.Au, after acquiring the domain name for a staggering $2 million USD last year, continues to make strides in the crypto sphere.

The company operates a licensed virtual asset service provider (VASP) in Singapore, which remains a top priority for the firm.

Currently the Australian exchange offers 30 coins and 120 trading pairs, with a 24-hour trading volume of $12.58 million. XRP, the largest asset on the platform, accounts for 14.6% of the total trading volume.

Hong Kong Will Profit From US Regulatory Blunder

Hong Kong’s burgeoning crypto ambitions are gaining traction, thanks to its forthcoming regulatory regime for CEXs and anticipated stablecoin regulations scheduled for 2024. T

he city’s transformation has already begun to manifest in the form of the explosive “Chinese crypto narrative” in February 2023, which saw Chinese crypto projects like Conflux skyrocket by almost 1,000%.

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As the the allure of cryptocurrencies and their underlying technologies, such as decentralization, self-custody, and fixed supply, remain attractive as an alternative financial future where the US dollar’s dominance wanes.

As Hong Kong continues to make headway in its quest to become a global crypto hub, exchanges like Independent Reserve may find the city’s regulatory landscape to be the perfect environment for growth and expansion.



Source: crypto news

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