OSL parent denies $128M sale of its digital assets trading platform

In a statement released Tuesday, BC Technology dismissed the reports as “factually inaccurate and highly misleading”


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Hong Kong’s BC Technology Group has denied reports suggesting the possible sale of its licensed crypto platform, OSL. 

Reporting from Bloomberg on Sunday had initially suggested BC Technology was exploring the sale of OSL, one of only two digital asset platforms licensed under Hong Kong’s new crypto framework.

A valuation of $1 billion HK ($127.8 million) was reportedly under consideration and the company was said to be open to selling specific segments of OSL rather than the entire business.

While it is not uncommon for corporations to refrain from commenting on market rumors, BC Technology took the step of issuing an official denial.

In a statement, BC Technology categorically dismissed the reporting as “factually inaccurate and highly misleading.”

Blockworks has reached out to BC Technology to learn more.

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The statement also observed there had been an “unusual movement” in the trading volume and share price of BC Technology. However, the firm’s board said in its statement it was unaware of any particular reason for the volatility.

Exchange data shows shares of BC Technology, which went public in Hong Kong in 2012, shed more than 34% of its share price to $2.70 HK ($0.35) on Tuesday. It has since clawed back some of those losses to stand at $3.35 HK ($0.43) per share as of the time of writing.

OSL provides a range of services including prime brokerage, exchange and custody services for crypto. It also extends trading infrastructure to financial institutions.

The platform currently operates within a shifting regulatory landscape in Hong Kong. While the region had initially restricted trading of digital assets for retail investors, Hong Kong has since switched its stance, aiming to become a hub for crypto.

Hong Kong’s securities regulator also moved to implement tougher rules for digital asset companies, including a crypto licensing regime, that began in June.

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