Publications

Research
We are thrilled to unveil our latest initiative! Our comprehensive FinTech Report in Collaboration with FinTech Consult, mapping Hong Kong's thriving FinTech Ecosystem!
Article
  • GreenTech & ESG
Spurred by multiple government initiatives Hong Kong aspires to become a leading GreenTech hub in the region driving innovation and sustainable green financing alike.
Consultation
Open-banking models possess the potential to enhance competition, foster innovation, and improve accessibility to financial services for consumers and small businesses. They also empower customers by granting them control over the sharing of their data, enabling them to determine when, how, and why it is shared.
Ecosystem Map
Produced by The Digital Insurer in collaboration with the FTAHK
Consultation
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) released on the 27th April 2022, a discussion paper on retail central bank digital currency (CBDC), titled “e-HKD: A Policy and Design Perspective”.
Ecosystem Map
FinTech Association of Hong Kong announces results of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data survey.

Hong Kong is considered a top regional tech hub, with firms looking to expand headcount while looking for government support around regulatory change.
Consultation
We take great pride at FTAHK in having established a well-respected rapport with HK’s financial regulatory bodies and are honored to represent the ‘voice of the FinTech Ecosystem in HK’. HKMA’s Discussion Paper on Cryptoassets & Stablecoins is the latest in our recent series of consultation efforts on behalf of members.
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Consultation
We take great pride at FTAHK in having established a well-respected rapport with HK’s financial regulatory bodies and are honored to represent the ‘voice of the FinTech Ecosystem in HK’. HKMA’s Discussion Paper on Cryptoassets & Stablecoins is the latest in our recent series of consultation efforts on behalf of members.
Reports
FinTech Association of Hong Kong have released the first and comprehensive report on Fintech in the Greater Bay Area.
Research
Enterprise Ireland is delighted to publish the exclusive ‘State of Regtech in APAC Report’ in association with Kapronasia, one of Asia-Pacific’s leading independent research and consulting firms focused on the financial services industry, supported by FTAHK.

A surge in regulatory requirements across Asia-Pacific in recent years has brought with it an explosion in the use of regtech by financial services firms to maintain compliance. This brings with it opportunities for regtech companies as world leaders in the field, and we are seeing a significant increase in the number of companies now interested in expanding across the region.
Reports
As we approach the anniversary on 24th March1 of the launch of the first of eight new virtual banks offering convenience, competition, and innovation to individuals and small businesses, The FinTech Association of Hong Kong would like to thank Quinlan & Associates and welcome this timely report focused on the outlook for Hong Kong’s virtual banks.
Reports
The FinTech Association of Hong Kong (“FTAHK”) welcomes the continued endeavours of the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (“FSTB”) and the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) to enhance anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (“AML/CTF”) regulation in Hong Kong, and to create a robust, transparent and predictable regulatory framework for virtual assets.
Consultation
FTAHK and LITE Lab@HKU Joint Response to IOSCO Consultation with our Public Comment on “The Use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning By Market Intermediaries and Asset Managers
Ecosystem Map
Hong Kong - October 2019 - We are excited to launch the updated version of Blockchain Committee’s mapping of the companies engaged in Blockchain in Hong Kong. A follow up to the first map released in February 2019, the 2.0 map was built by contribution of many of our members and led by a working group of the committee and will continue to be updated periodically.
Research
Hong Kong has one of the most dynamic and thriving startup ecosystems in the world, at the heart of the Greater Bay Area and unrivalled as a gateway to China. However, startups often face significant challenges when opening a bank account in Hong Kong, which can be a major sticking point when launching. This is because banks are subject to rigorous anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing requirements that if breached, can damage their reputations. Despite this, there are steps you can take to smooth the process of opening a bank account in Hong Kong. They start with looking at the challenge from the banks’ point of view.

This document includes the valuable insights of major banks, tech companies (including start-ups) and professionals in the arena and was coordinated by our Policy & Advocacy Committee.   We look forward to continuing our work with the industry on ongoing collaborative initiatives
Consultation
Hong Kong - March 29, 2019 - This week, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) issued the first round of virtual banking licenses to Livi VB Limited, SC Digital Solutions Limited and ZhongAn Virtual Finance Limited, a significant milestone in the evolution of Hong Kong’s FinTech ecosystem.
Reports
  • Web3 & Blockchain
Hong Kong – 31 October 2018 – Reflecting the rapid evolution of the digital asset industry and the growing regulatory scrutiny of the sector, the FinTech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK) has issued an updated and revised version of its guidance on best practice in token sales.
Consultation
Hong Kong – March 2018 -The FinTech Association of Hong Kong (“FTAHK”) welcomes the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s (“HKMA”’s) New Era of Smart Banking initiative, including the consultation on an Open API Framework for the Hong Kong Banking Sector published in January 2018.
Consultation
  • Digital Banking & Payments
Hong Kong - March 2018 - FTAHK welcomes the HKMA’s proposed revision of the “Guideline on Authorization of Virtual Banks”, a key deliverable within its New Era of Smart Banking Initiatives.

The FinTech Association of Hong Kong (“FTAHK”) welcomes the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s (“HKMA”’s) New Era of Smart Banking Initiatives announcement made on 29 September 2017, and re-enforced during HKMA FinTech Day, 23 October 2017, during Hong Kong’s flagship “FinTech Week”.