A SPAC (special purpose acquisition company), also known as a 「blank check company」, refers to a special way of going public. By establishing a SPAC as a shell company through an IPO, the sponsor intends to raise capital from investors in order to acquire a target company within a limited time frame, which will be taken public quickly through the acquisition.
The SPAC listing mechanism was introduced by the HKEX on December 16, 2021, and took effect on January 1, 2022.
The licensing information in relation to companies within Futu Group is as follows:
Futu Securities International (Hong Kong) Limited
Holder of 20 licenses and participantship in providing clients with reliable securities trading services.
In Hong Kong, China: Futu HK is a licensed corporation regulated by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (CE No. AZT137) and has obtained Type 1 Licence for Dealing in Securities, Type 2 Licence for Dealing in Futures Contracts, Type 3 Licence for Leveraged Foreign Exchange Trading, Type 4 Licence for Advising on Securities, Type 5 Licence for Advising on Futures Contracts, Type 7 Licence for Providing Automated Trading Services, and Type 9 Licence for Asset Management. Futu HK is registered as MPF Intermediary, SEHK Participant, HKSCC Direct Clearing Participant, SEHK China Connect Exchange Participant, HKSCC China Connect Clearing Participant, SEHK Options Trading Exchange Participant, SEOCH Direct Clearing Participant, HKFE Futures Commission Merchant, and HKCC Clearing Participant.
In Europe: Futu HK is a member of London Stock Exchange and Turquoise.
In Singapore: Futu HK is a trading member of Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited and Singapore Exchange Derivatives Trading Limited.
Futu Trustee Limited
Holder of Trust or Company Service Provider Licence (Licence No. TC006475).
Futu Lending Limited
Holder of Money Lenders Licence (Licence No. 2034/2021).
Futu Insurance Brokers (Hong Kong) Limited
Holder of Insurance Broker Company Licence (Licence No. FB1783).
A broker-dealer registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (CRD: 283078/SEC: 8-69739), and a member in good standing of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC).
Futu Clearing Inc.
A broker-dealer registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (CRD: 298769/SEC: 8-70215), a member in good standing of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), as well as a member of Depository Trust Company (DTC), a member of National Securities Clearing Corporation (NSCC) and the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC).
Futu Wealth Advisors Inc.
An investment advisor registered with and regulated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (CRD: 310790/SEC: 801-119635).
Futu Futures Inc.
A licensed entity registered with the National Futures Association (NFA) (NFA ID: 0523957) and regulated by the National Futures Association (NFA) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
Futu Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Registered with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Futu SG is a Capital Markets Services Licence (Licence No. CMS101000) holder with the Exempt Financial Adviser Status. Futu SG has also received approvals-in-principle for all SGX memberships. Futu SG is set to be admitted as Clearing Member of The Central Depository (Pte) Ltd (CDP) , Trading Member of Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (“SGX-ST”), Trading and Clearing Member of Singapore Exchange Derivatives Trading Limited (“SGX-DT”), and Depository Agent of CDP.
Futu Trustee (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
A Singapore trust company licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore to carry on trust business and services (Licence Number: No.TC000074).
Futu Securities (Australia) Ltd.
A securities dealer registered with and regulated the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Futu AU holds the Australian Financial Services Licence (Licence No. 224663).
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