- Bitget announced that it will halt operations for its Hong Kong unit by December 13.
- The crypto exchange said the decision is down to “business and market related considerations.”
- Users have until then to withdraw their funds.
Bitget has announced that its Hong Kong unit will not pursue registration as a Virtual Asset Trading Platform in Hong Kong.
The crypto exchange will also be halting all operations on December 13.
Bitget halts Hong Kong unit
Bitget’s decision to halt operations of its Hong Kong unit and to withdraw from the pursuit of a licence comes amid rumours that the firm may be looking at a potential deal with OSL, the first crypto exchange to be licensed in Hong Kong.
According to crypto news account Wu Blockchain, OSL announced a suspension to its stock trading on Monday.
BitgetX hk announced its decision not to apply for a compliant cryptocurrency exchange license in Hong Kong. Market rumors that Bitget has acquired or invested in Hong Kong’s first licensed exchange, OSL. OSL announced today that it would suspend trading due to major matters.…
— Wu Blockchain (@WuBlockchain) November 13, 2023
A notice by the BC Technology Group, which owns OSL, to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange quoted a “notifiable transaction which constitute inside information.”
Bitget on the other hand pointed to “business and market related considerations.”
“With a heavy heart, we regret to inform you that due to business and market related considerations, we have decided not to pursue a Virtual Asset Trading Platform (VATP) licence in Hong Kong. As a result of this decision, the BitgetX website (www.BitgetX.hk) will cease its operations effective December 13, 2023. At the same time, Bitgetx.hk will permanently exit the Hong Kong market,” the crypto exchange wrote.
According to the platform, users are advised to withdraw their assets by the indicated deadline, thereafter the BitgetX.hk website will go offline.
“It is crucial that you withdraw your assets before the deadline. Failure to do so will result in the inability to access these assets once BitgetX is closed,” the exchange said in a FAQ section of the announcement.
Hong Kong’s new crypto licensing framework
Bitget unveiled its HK unit in April this year, offering access to spot trading and peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions to its customers. The move came ahead of Hong Kong’s crypto licensing framework rolled out in June.
The new requirements mandated crypto providers to seek and receive licences from the Securities and Futures Commission before offering trading services and products to retail customers. The SFC also warned crypto firms against misleading customers about potential licensing by pointing to local arms that were yet to be registered.