FinTech Association of Hong Kong Updates Guidance for Token Sales


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.

Originally launched in December 2017, the refreshed and updated 35-page paper expands the scope of the original to include other token events, including airdrops and security tokens (or “STOs”), as well as to connect directly with the ground-breaking Code of Conduct produced by the Global Digital Finance industry body. It also updates the sections covering governance standards and know-your-customer (KYC) controls. Practical guidance notes are included throughout to provide clear summaries for those considering undertaking a token sale.

Over USD 7 billion has been raised from ICOs so far in 2018, already well above the USD 6.2 billion raised in 2017.* Despite some fundraising challenges in recent weeks, ICOs remain a popular medium used by the blockchain and crypto ecosystems. Updating the paper is part of the Association’s stated mission to advocate for the FinTech ecosystem and is intended to help further professionalise the digital asset industry, ensuring its long term success.

Henri Arslanian, Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, said, “The pace of change in the crypto space is so fast that it makes adopting specific regulations very difficult. This is why setting out best practices is the most effective way for the ecosystem to grow and become more institutional.”

Urszula McCormack, Co-Chair of the Policy & Advocacy Committee and one of the paper’s lead authors, said, “Tokenisation unlocks, captures and transfers value in important ways for both traditional and new market infrastructures. It also empowers smart contract design. However, use cases, risks and opportunities are constantly evolving – which is why best practices need to be up-to-date and relevant.”

*Figures from and correct as of 24 October 2018.

The paper can be downloaded from the FTAHK website:

For more information, please contact:

Fintech Association of Hong Kong
Dan Bradley
Amanda Tung
+852 6145 7455
+852 6182 3009

About the FinTech Association of Hong Kong
The FinTech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK) is an independent, not-for-profit, member-driven organisation that is the voice of the FinTech community in Hong Kong. Members range from promising startups and passionate individuals to global financial institutions and service providers. FTAHK is currently led by a volunteer group of board members from the FinTech community who care about the future of FinTech in Hong Kong, greater China and Asia. The Association’s three initial goals are to:

● Advocate – create the unified voice for the Hong Kong FinTech ecosystem
● Collaborate – bring together the diverse parts of the community
● Educate – learn from existing leaders and nurture the next generation of talent

The Association is organised and led by the community for the community through a series of committees which will initially focus on the following areas of FinTech:

Artificial Intelligence
Financial Literacy & Inclusion
Big Data
China Greater Bay FinTech
Policy & Advocacy
Cyber Security
Design & Experience
Talent & Diversity
Digital Banking

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