Compliance, Legislative & Regulatory Standards

[Webinar] Regulation of Funds Investing in Virtual Assets



In recent years investors and professional fund managers have been evaluating digital assets as a new investible asset class. The regulatory environment for virtual assets in Hong Kong has been evolving rapidly and there are risks and compliance requirements a fund manager should be aware of. This course will provide an update on the latest SFC regulations on Virtual Assets Service Providers (VASP) as well as the fundamentals of building an appropriate compliance framework.


By the end of this course, participants will:

1. Be updated with the latest SFC licensing and regulatory requirements of a VASP.
2. Be aware of the risks associated with managing a VA portfolio.
3. Acquire the basic building blocks of a VA fund management compliance framework.
4. Be familiar with the challenges of financial crime and money laundering in virtual assets.


1. A review of Hong Kong's regulatory timeline on virtual assets
- SFC Regulatory approach for VA portfolio managers and fund distributors
- An update on Hong Kong licensing regime on Virtual Asset Services Providers(VASPs)

2. Building an appropriate compliance framework for VA managers
- Risks associated with VA portfolios
- Challenges observed in cryptos compliance frameworks
a. Common deficiencies
b. Skills of a cryptos compliance manager
c. Risk management for VA portfolio managers

3. Challenges of financial crimes and money laundering with VA managers
- Types of financial crimes (‘FC’) in cryptos
- AML, digital client due diligence, transaction monitoring and etc

4. Selected overseas references and case studies
- International standards
a. FATF guidelines on AML
b. IOSCO key considerations in crypto asset trading regulations
- Notable case studies on crypto-related financial crime and money laundering

Who should attend

This course is primarily targeted at fund managers and sophisticated professional investors who may be evaluating the prospects of adding virtual assets in their portfolios. It is also applicable to in-house counsel, compliance and senior management such as responsible officers, managers-in-charge, directors, CIOs and CEOs of financial institutions.

Financial Incentive Scheme of the WAM Pilot Programme

This is one of the eligible courses / seminars under the Financial Incentive Scheme (“The Scheme”) of the WAM Pilot Programme.

Eligible in-service practitioners of the financial services industry could apply for a reimbursement up to 80% of the course / seminar fees, or a maximum of HK$10,000 per person throughout the period of 1 October 2016 to 31 March 2023 upon satisfactory completion.

Each individual may apply for reimbursement for more than one course / seminar subject to a maximum of HK$10,000 but each course / seminar can only be reimbursed once.

The duly signed application form together with the FIVE supporting documents must be submitted within FOUR months from the last day of the course / seminar attended. Please refer to the WAM Pilot Programme website for more details.

WAM Pilot Programme Special Requirements

If you plan to apply for reimbursement under the Financial Incentive Scheme (FIS), please ensure your device/computer has the camera feature or with webcam installed as you are required to turn on your camera throughout the webinar.

Speaker/Course Instructor

Alex Chan has been a Compliance Director for various SFC regulated licensees such as private equity, hedge fund and independent wealth manager. Alex has hands-on experience in all aspects of regulatory compliance from a senior executive perspective. He has had a 20+ year banking and investment career and has held senior positions in JP Morgan, BNP Paribas and Credit Suisse.


Date & Time
Wednesday, 21 Jul 2021 (6:30PM - 8:30PM)
Virtual Platform
Relevant Subject
Type 9 - Asset management
Regulatory Compliance
SFC:2.00, PWMA:2.00