Mainstream Adoption: The Era of Bitcoin ETFs Begins

By Leon Yee, Yeo Ming Ze and Brian Sim

1. Navigating the Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Funds (“ETFs”) Landscape: A Comprehensive Overview

Introduction to Bitcoin ETFs in 2024
On 10 January 2024, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved the listing and trading of 11 spot Bitcoin ETFs. This followed a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia where the court held that the SEC’s denial of Grayscale Investments conversion of its Bitcoin trust to an ETF was “arbitrary” and “capricious” given that the SEC had approved a futures-based Bitcoin product. The court found these futures-based ETFs to be materially similar to Grayscale’s Bitcoin ETF such that they should have received the same regulatory treatment. The court’s decision was based on two key points: the underlying assets (Bitcoin futures and Bitcoins) being closely related in that they both track spot Bitcoin market prices and the futures and Bitcoin exchanges having the similar controls in place for detecting fraudulent or manipulative market misconduct.
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Updates to the Application Criteria for Family Offices under the S13O and S13U Tax Incentive Schemes

By Leon Yee and Jennifer Lo

In recent years, Singapore has attracted large inflows of wealth to be managed here, establishing its status as a leading wealth management hub in the region. This is largely thanks to the rule of law, economic and political stability, welcoming investment climate and business-friendly environment in Singapore, which have all played a pivotal role in attracting high net-worth individuals to invest in Singapore.

According to the Global Family Office Compensation Benchmark Report recently published by KPMG Private Enterprise and family office consultancy Agreus, it is estimated that 59% of the family offices in Asia are located in Singapore. The number of single family offices (“SFOs”) in Singapore has leapt from 700 in 2021 to 1,100 as of the end of 2022. Continue reading “Updates to the Application Criteria for Family Offices under the S13O and S13U Tax Incentive Schemes”

Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Proposed Measures to Regulate DPTSPs and Enhance Customer Protection

By Leon Yee and Yeo Ming Ze

I.              Introduction

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) published the “Response to Feedback Received on Proposed Regulatory Measures for Digital Payment Token Services (Part 1)” (“MAS’ Response to the October 2022 Consultation Paper”) on 3 July 2023, announcing new measures for Digital Payment Token service providers (“DPTSPs”) with regards to the safekeeping of customers’ digital assets. The lack of protection and segregation of customer deposits appear to be the chief concern that MAS intends to tackle with their new slate of measures. It is hoped that with the stricter rules in place, it will reduce the risk of loss or misuse of customers’ assets by DPTSPs and facilitate customer’s fund recovery in the event of a DPTSP’s insolvency. This proactive approach demonstrates Singapore’s commitment to creating a more secure environment – taking lessons from the past experiences of renowned crypto exchanges like Voyager and Celsius. These developments lay the foundation for a resilient and trusted crypto space in Singapore. Continue reading “Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Proposed Measures to Regulate DPTSPs and Enhance Customer Protection”




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New and Enhanced Global Investor Programme in Singapore

The Global Investor Programme (“GIP”) is a permanent residency scheme that was launched by the Economic Development Board (“EDB”) in Singapore to encourage high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs to invest in the country. The scheme provides a fast track to permanent residency for eligible applicants who are willing to invest a significant amount of money.

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SGX RegCo Updates – Enhancements to Disclosures on Directors’ Remuneration and Cap on Independent Directors’ Tenure

By Leon Yee and Jennifer Lo

On 11 January 2023, the Singapore Exchange Regulation (“SGX RegCo”) announced the requirement to disclose remuneration details of directors and chief executive officers (“CEOs”) and the imposition of a limit on the tenure of independent directors (“IDs”).

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作为买卖数字艺术品的一种模式,NFT正变得越来越流行,其允许艺术家将其真实的数字艺术品货币化,否则这些数字艺术品很容易被复制。至关重要的是,NFT可以与数字艺术品和实物艺术品一起证明出处。此外,某些NFT可能涉及卖方向买方提供通行证,该通行证允许NFT持有人获得独家商品或服务,包括活动、订阅、内容或限量版产品。 Continue reading “了解新加坡NFT消费者保护”

Understanding Consumer Protections for NFTs in Singapore

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are cryptographic tokens on a blockchain that can prove the ownership and authenticity of a digital asset, which can also be considered as digital data with a certificate of ownership. NFTs are non-fungible because no two NFTs are the same and each has a unique identification code and metadata.

NFTs are becoming increasingly popular as a mode to buy and sell digital artworks, permitting artists to monetise their authentic digital artwork, which could otherwise easily be copied. Crucially, NFTs can be used with both digital and physical artwork for establishing provenance. In addition, certain NFTs may involve the seller providing the buyer with an access pass, which allows NFT holders access to exclusive goods or services, including events, subscriptions, content, or limited-edition products.

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自2008年第一个数字货币比特币诞生以来,区块链技术在各个领域的应用都有了长足的发展。新加坡作为亚洲金融中心之一,也吸引了众多软件技术人员和投资者从事区块链技术相关的金融行业,包括NFT (非同质化代币)。NFT 市场既可以是Axie Infinity这种可以赚取数字资产的游戏平台,也可以是NBA TopShot 这种收藏品交易平台,还可以是Decentraland 和Earth 2这种可以进行数字财产买卖的元宇宙平台。

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An Overview on Development and Regulations of Blockchain Technology and NFTs in Singapore

Since the birth of the first digital currency, Bitcoin, in 2008, blockchain technology has developed significantly in various fields. As one of the financial hubs of Asia, Singapore has also attracted a wide range of software professionals and investors in the financial services industry involving blockchain technologies and nonfungible tokens (NFT). NFT marketplaces can be either gaming platforms for earning digital assets like Axie Infinity, collectibles trading platforms like NBA TopShot or metaverse platforms like Decentraland and Earth 2 where virtual properties can be bought and sold.

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