Hong Kong’s Venture Smart Financial Holdings Ltd. (VSFG), a financial services firm, is actively preparing to request approval for a spot Ethereum exchange-traded fund (ETF). Simultaneously, the company is looking to introduce its spot bitcoin ETF in the first quarter.
During a recent interview on Friday, VSFG Chairman Lawrence Chu shared that the firm is in the advanced stages of finalizing its official application for a spot bitcoin ETF, which will be submitted to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission.
Chu explained that in Hong Kong, comprehensive regulatory discussions typically precede the formal submission of an application. He emphasized that the submission process signifies being nearly 95% ready for the application.
Chu mentioned that the company aims to submit a spot Ethereum ETF in the second quarter, contingent upon the approval and listing of its spot Bitcoin ETF in the first quarter.
According to Chu, there will likely be a few ETFs entering the market, and their role is unique as they aim to assist ETF issuers in entering this space. Unlike U.S. ETF issuers who typically have their digital asset teams, Hong Kong faces a licensing requirement and a knowledge gap, with most ETF issuers lacking a dedicated digital asset team.
Chu emphasized that their involvement is not so much about direct competition but rather supporting ETF issuers in navigating the challenges. In essence, they see themselves more as service providers assisting all ETF issuers, as the competition unfolds more on the marketing side among the issuers themselves.
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