CMCC Global, a venture capital company centered upon blockchain technology, stated that the digital-asset clampdown in the US is paving way to new opportunities for Hong Kong as the city attempts to become a crypto hub. In a Television interview aired Tuesday CMCC’s co-founder Charlie Morris said the US “is shooting themselves in the foot” and is opening chances for other regions to pursue innovative businesses in the field of crypto.
“We see places like Hong Kong having a real opportunity at this point in time to bring those firms and entrepreneurs to the city,”- Charlie Morris
In a new licensing regime for virtual-asset service providers due on June 1 the Hong Kong aims to let retail investors trade major tokens like Bitcoin and Ether. Contrary to this, the US has turned up the regulatory heat on crypto in the wake of last year’s digital-asset rout and the collapse of the FTX exchange.
CMCC’s Fund Launch
A fund launch of $100 million, for investment in blockchain and crypto based startups is being planned by CMCC. Its target base includes the companies in the Series A and B stages both in its home base of Hong Kong as well as further afar.
In the words of CMCC’s co-founder
“There is a lot of innovation coming from Asia as there is plenty of capital sitting on the sidelines waiting for the right entry valuations to pull the trigger.”
Baumann and Morris hold a majority stake in CMCC, while Hong Kong tycoon Richard Li and Gemini Trust Co. founders Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are investors in its holding entity.Following the 2022’s price crash ,Venture capitalists around the world have continued to withdraw from crypto this year, a chain of bankruptcies and the scandal that surrounded FTX, whose co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried is awaiting trial.
As per the data from the researcher PitchBook, the private funding for crypto startups in the first quarter of this year plunged to its lowest level since 2020. Last month, Switzerland’s Syz Group revealed it’s plan to join with CMCC Global to start a minimum $50 million fund to invest in crypto-focused hedge funds.
US Regulatory Clampdown
Digital currency markets are on edge after a flurry of aggressive regulatory actions from U.S. authorities over the past few months.Recently, The US regulators, led by the Securities and Exchange Commission, have fired off a series of enforcement actions against some of the biggest digital asset companies and their tokens. At the same time, many of the banks on which these companies rely for payments and custody of assets are also coming under fresh scrutiny.This makes Investors seem to digest a number of major regulatory actions in the U.S., as authorities look to rein in the once free-wheeling cryptocurrency industry.
The newly forceful approach hitting a crypto industry reels from a bruising year of plunging prices and a crisis of confidence that led to the collapse of some of the sector’s biggest players, including exchange FTX and lenders Voyager Digital and Celsius Network. Observers say the spate of actions amounts to a coordinated effort to rein in an industry that until now has largely existed outside the strictures of traditional financial regulation.
Advocates of crypto argue that a heavy-handed approach risks stifling innovation in the industry by leaning too heavily on “regulation by enforcement” rather than creating a bespoke crypto regulatory framework for the industry.
“This type of regulatory uncertainty will ultimately drive access to crypto, innovation, and jobs overseas, where customers aren’t guaranteed the same level of protection, In the meantime, America and Americans are getting left behind.”Paul Grewal, Chief legal officer at Coinbase
However, John Reed Stark, former chief of the SEC’s office of internet enforcement, said the agency’s approach was consistent with how it handled rule-breaking in traditional finance. “ He explained that This ‘regulation by enforcement’ phrase is just a crypto catchphrase designed to obfuscate and deflect,” he further adds. “There is no insider trading statute, there is no derivatives fraud statute. It’s a broad framework intended specifically to not be specific. ”
In a nutshell, The US markets might take some time to consolidate now and wait and watch whether there are further events that play out in terms of regulatory crackdown. But whether the enforcement is direct or indirect, industry insiders say they can already feel the chilling effect of the recent regulatory crackdown and are already looking for options at crypto friendly countries afar to expand their crypto base.