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Hong Kong to extend regulatory perimeter to stablecoins

Source: Hong Kong Monetary Authority

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) today (31 January) issued the consultation conclusion to the discussion paper on crypto-assets and stablecoins (the “Consultation Conclusion”), summarising the feedback received in relation to the paper and the HKMA’s response.

In the Consultation Conclusion, the HKMA proposes to bring certain activities relating to stablecoins into the regulatory perimeter, and indicates the expected regulatory scope and key regulatory requirements.

The HKMA received a total of 58 submissions in response to the discussion paper on crypto-assets and stablecoins from the industry, public bodies, business and professional organisations, and individuals, etc. On the whole, the respondents were supportive of regulating stablecoins with a risk-based and agile approach. The respondents also broadly supported the need to take into account the latest market developments and draw reference from the discussion of international regulatory bodies when developing the relevant regulatory regime.

“An appropriate regulatory environment will help address financial stability risks possibly posed by stablecoins, and promote the orderly and sustainable development of the industry. We are grateful to the respondents for their valuable feedback to the discussion paper on crypto-assets and stablecoins and their general support for our recommended regulatory principles and direction. In drawing up the specific regulatory arrangements, the HKMA will consider the feedback received, latest market development and international discussion. We will also engage with stakeholders and market participants. We expect to implement the regulatory arrangements in 2023/24,” said Mr Eddie Yue, Chief Executive of the HKMA.

The HKMA will announce the regulatory arrangements and next steps in due course.

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