On June 1, Hong Kong implemented new crypto regulations to license exchanges. Two experts – Angelina Kwan, CEO of Stratford Finance (and former COO of BitMEX), and Adrian Lai, founder and managing partner of Newman Capital – weigh in on the new rules in Hong Kong, which tokens can be listed, recent reports that China may be sanctioning this activity, and how the crypto community is responding so far. Plus, they dissect the latest developments of the digital yuan, whether China will ever embrace public blockchains, and the shifting global regulatory landscape for crypto, and more.

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Show highlights:

  • Angelina’s and Adrian’s backgrounds in crypto in Hong Kong
  • how crypto in Hong Kong has evolved over the years
  • what the new Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) rules consist of, including which tokens will be allowed in the newly licensed exchanges
  • how the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has taken onboarding crypto companies in the banking system very seriously
  • why Angelina says that crypto companies have already stopped leaving Hong Kong
  • how some people are worried how a potential crackdown on crypto in China could affect Hong Kong
  • why the SFC has committed to issuing a paper on tokenization and why it is particularly interested in real estate
  • the importance of the development of the digital yuan
  • whether the new regulations in Hong Kong mean that China is prepared to adopt crypto in the mainland
  • how China is ‘excelling’ at adopting real-world use cases, according to Angelina
  • why you can’t say “NFTs” in China and why the metaverse represents a “huge problem,” according to Adrian
  • whether China will let public blockchains succeed
  • how the global regulatory landscape has been changing and what it means for the future of digital assets
  • whether Africa is the next frontier of growth and what role the Middle East is playing


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