Fidelity International Invests in Hong Kong Crypto Company BC Group

Fidelity International, a spin-off of the U.S. asset management giant, made a direct investment into Hong Kong-based digital asset platform operator BC Group.

Fidelity International has acquired a stake in BC Group, the operator of OSL, one of Asia’s largest digital asset platforms for institutions. The company purchased 17 million shares for a 5.6% ownership position.

The purchase was revealed by a Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) disclosure filed on Feb. 17. The actual transaction occurred on Feb. 12. Fidelity International is reported to have purchased HK$110.5 million ($14.2 million) worth of BC Group shares at a price of HK$6.50 ($0.83) each.

The purchase is part of a $36 million share placement announced by BC Group in January. A related HKEx filing shows that 19 million shares were issued on Feb. 12, making Fidelity International a direct investor into the Hong Kong firm.

Fidelity representatives declined to comment on the news.

BC Group is the operator of two major services: OSL, an institution-focused digital asset platform, and Branding China, a PR and marketing agency.

What is OSL?

OSL is a digital asset platform providing a variety of services for institutions interested in crypto assets. It offers Software as a Service (SaaS) tools to interface with digital assets, Over the Counter (OTC) brokerage for large clients, custody services and an institutional digital asset exchange. 

Commenting on the investment round, BC Group CEO Hugh Madden said:

“The raise represents a new phase of growth for the Group. It allows us to further invest in key areas such as technology and compliance which will be essential as we compete and win in this dynamic environment.”

He emphasized that the digital asset market is “going through a rapid changing of the guard.” Focusing on the regulatory perspective, he added:

“Licensing frameworks in every major jurisdiction are rewarding only the strongest and most professional operators, and these firms will continue to capture market share from unlicensed players.”

Publication date: 
02/21/2020 - 19:37
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