The sixth annual Hong Kong and Singapore fintech events, both held in November 2021, revealed key new initiatives, regulatory developments, and market trends that will play out in 2022 and beyond. In Singapore, the Monetary Authority (MAS) released its initial assessment of the economic case for launching a retail central bank digital currency (CBDC), while in Hong Kong, the Monetary Authority issued a technical whitepaper on creating its own CBDC. The regulators also laid out steps to encourage fintech innovation and refine crypto regulations. The interaction between ESG and the fintech also emerged as a key theme.
In this episode of Connected With Latham, Simon Hawkins, Hong Kong partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Blockchain and Digital Assets Task Force, joins Singapore partner Farhana Sharmeen to review key developments and discuss the outlook for 2022.