Hivemind Capital Partners, a prominent web3 and digital asset investment firm, has announced plans to expand operations to Hong Kong.
The company has also appointed Stanley Huo, a seasoned investment banker, as its head of Asia, according to a Tuesday press release.
With over 15 years of experience in investment banking at esteemed institutions such as China Renaissance, UBS, Citi, and BAML across Asia and Europe, Huo brings valuable expertise to his new role.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Hivemind at such a transformative period,” Huo said in a comment.
“The intersection of traditional finance and burgeoning digital asset technologies in Hong Kong presents unmatched opportunities, and I’m looking forward to leading our initiatives in this vibrant ecosystem.”
Hivemind Praises Hong Kong as a Crypto Hub
Hivemind also praised Hong Kong as a major crypto hub, highlighting the advantages of operating in the city state.
The company said the city provides an ecosystem that facilitates access to traditional financial infrastructure, capital raising, and exploration of blockchain-related innovations.
“Our expansion into Hong Kong not only represents our firm’s growth, but our commitment to being at the center of financial innovation and technology,” Matt Zhang, founder and managing partner of Hivemind, said.
“With Stanley leading our business in Asia, we are positioned to significantly contribute to, and influence, the evolving narrative of blockchain technology and digital assets in the region.”
Hivemind recently launched a $1.5 billion investment vehicle and still has available funds to deploy.
Additionally, the company introduced the Liquid Opportunity Fund, a $300 million crypto fund, earlier this year.
Hivemind’s founder, Matt Zhang, confirmed securing $60 million for the fund in June.
Hong Kong Continues to Attract Web3 Companies
Hivemind’s expansion to Hong Kong aligns with the trend of several cryptocurrency firms recognizing the region’s potential and considering it for their expansion plans.
For instance, Zodia Custody, a digital asset custodian backed by Standard Chartered, recently announced its launch in Hong Kong.
While Hong Kong has been positioning itself as a hub for Web3 companies with recent developments such as the introduction of retail trading for licensed crypto exchanges in August, it has also faced challenges.
Just recently, the city witnessed the largest Ponzi scheme in its history, involving the embezzlement of approximately $166 million from JPEX crypto exchange users.
The investigation into the incident is currently ongoing.
Meanwhile, analysts and industry experts have voiced concern that the fallout from the JPEX debacle will present significant challenges for virtual asset companies and hinder the government’s efforts to expand the sector.
“At a time when people still don’t completely understand what Web3 is, the JPEX case has created a negative impression for people in Hong Kong on digital assets and the broader Web3 industry,” Cyrus Ip, a crypto venture investor and chief business officer at artificial intelligence start-up DreamWld Technology, said.