August 16, 2022 - Gate.io Group's Hong Kong-based company, Hippo Financial Services Limited, has obtained a Trust or Company Service Provider (TCSP) Licence allowing Hippo FS to provide virtual asset custodial services to global users.

The TCSP Licence is required for any entity that carries on or wishes to carry on a trust or company service business in Hong Kong.

Tom Yang, EVP of Gate.io Group, commented, "Obtaining the TCSP Licence in Hong Kong enables us to deepen our relationship with global crypto investors as an industry leader. Next, we will be building localised operations to bring our products and services to users in Hong Kong."

With an initial focus on virtual asset custody services, Hippo FS is dedicating resources towards establishing teams to manage local operations, including the security of its services infrastructure and client's assets.

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Dr. Han Lin, Founder and CEO of Gate.io Group

Dr. Han Lin, Founder and CEO of Gate.io Group, said, "Establishing a custody business in Hong Kong is a global strategic milestone of Gate.io Group, not only because Hong Kong is the hub for many financial institutions and investors, but more importantly, the industry-leading regulatory regime of Hong Kong provides additional confidence for investors that place assets in Hippo FS's custody."

According to the company, obtaining the TCSP licence is a crucial part of the global expansion strategy of Gate.io Group, "as this affirms the Group's position as a global virtual asset service leader in the industry". A vital component of the strategy is establishing regulatory-compliant operations in newly entered regions and forming teams dedicated to tailoring services that meet the needs of investors and regulators' expectations.

Established in 2013, Gate.io Group is one of the pioneers in the crypto industry. It has established a comprehensive ecosystem, which includes a cryptocurrency exchange, public blockchain, decentralised finance, research and analysis, venture capital investing, wallet services, startup incubator labs and more.

Gate.io is a leading global cryptocurrency exchange under Gate.io Group. Gate.io offers services related to the trading of multiple leading digital assets, and it has grown to serve over 10 million users around the world. It has been consistently ranked as one of the top 10 cryptocurrency exchanges based on liquidity and trading volume on CoinGecko and has received a rating of 4.5 by Forbes Advisor, making it one of the Best Crypto Exchanges for 2021