Asset and Wealth Management

[Webinar] Cryptocurrencies as Property: Reflections from a Landmark Hong Kong Court Case


The Hong Kong High Court has declared cryptocurrencies as property and capable of being held on trust, aligning with other common law jurisdictions. This webinar will explore the practical implications of this decision regarding the proprietary nature of digital assets and the regulatory considerations surrounding cryptocurrencies.

This topic will be relevant to the securities and investment industry as Hong Kong aims to become a hub for digital assets.


The panel discussion will cover the following key topics:
- A summary of the court ruling
- Practical and legal implications
- Relevance to financial practitioners
- Horizon-spotting as to where it might go from here

Who should attend

The webinar is designed for asset managers, wealth managers, financial advisors, VA-related practitioners, and compliance officers.

Financial Incentive Scheme of the WAM Pilot Programme

This course has already been approved as an eligible course of the Financial Incentive Scheme for Professional Training (“the Scheme”) under the Pilot Programme to Enhance Talent Training for the Asset and Wealth Management Sector (“the Pilot Programme”). The Scheme aims to enhance the competency and professionalism of in-service practitioners within the asset and wealth management sector and to assist other practitioners within the financial services industry in acquiring the knowledge and skills required for entering the sector. Eligible applicants will be subsidised 80% of the course fees by the HKSAR Government upon satisfactory completion of the courses approved by Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute, subject to a ceiling of HK$15,000. Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute is appointed as the implementation agent of the Pilot Programme. Regarding the details of eligible criteria and application procedures, please refer to the dedicated web-site of the Pilot Programme (

Speaker/Course Instructor

Mark LIN
Mark Lin is an exceptional litigator who specialises in finding effective solutions for his clients. He has been utilising this approach since the 1990s, and particularly focuses on aiding those in the financial services and multimedia sectors. Mark is highly experienced in handling cross-border crises and investigations, and has advocated for clients in international arbitrations across various locations. Mark is recognised for his work in commercial dispute resolution and contentious regulatory investigations by leading legal directories such as Chambers and Legal 500. He has been a partner at Hogan Lovells since 2003 and is also a fellow of the Hong Kong Securities Institute.
Byron Phillips is a skilled disputes lawyer based in Hong Kong with over 10 years of experience in resolving crises for clients. He specialises in handling complex arbitration, financial services litigation and investigations, white collar crime and fraud, insolvency litigation, and professional liability disputes. Byron also has a keen interest and experience in cybersecurity, data privacy, technology-related litigation, and advising private capital investors on regulatory considerations. He is a member of the Hogan Lovells Crisis Leadership Team, a global practice for crisis management.
Hoi Yu is an associate in Hogan Lovells' Dispute Resolution group in Hong Kong. She specialises in commercial litigation related to technology, cross-border insolvency, directors' duties, and shareholder disputes. Hoi Yu has experience in contentious proceedings across Hong Kong, Mainland China, and England & Wales. She also advises financial institutions on regulatory compliance and investigations in Hong Kong, with particular interest in the implications of digital assets.


Date & Time
Monday, 19 Jun 2023 (12:20PM - 1:20PM)
Virtual Platform
Relevant Subject
Type 1 - Dealing in securities
Type 4 - Advising on securities
Type 9 - Asset management
Regulatory Compliance
SFC:1.00, PWMA:1.00, HKTA:1.00