HKEX Supports Growth of Asian Startups

  • Asian startups are warmly invited to Strike the Gong ! to close HKEX’s markets in celebration of their successes
  • HKEX is committed to building an inclusive ecosystem for the companies of the future


Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is today (Friday) pleased to announce that it will welcome applications from Asian innovative companies and successful start-ups to come and Strike The Gong !

Companies based in Asia-Pacific can apply to take part in a bespoke Market Closing Ceremony to celebrate their achievements, following completion of significant fundraising or fundraising rounds. Applications can be made via the general HKEX enquiries line or directly, through HKEX’s Global Issuer Services team.

HKEX Chief Executive Officer, Nicolas Aguzin, said: “At HKEX, we want to do all we can to support the fast-growing, innovative companies of the future. These are the organisations that create jobs, that give us as consumer’s new and progressive solutions, that change and disrupt our landscape. We want to help them on their journey, as together we build an ecosystem across Asia-Pacific that will power our future prosperity as a society.”

HKEX was honoured to today welcome Airwallex, a Hong Kong-based fintech company, in the exchange’s first private company market close ceremony. The event recognised the company’s recent successful fundraising milestone, where it raised US$200 million in a Series E funding round. 



HKEX Chief Executive Officer, Nicolas Aguzin (right), and Airwallex Co-Founder and CEO Jack Zhang (left) at the special Gong-strike ceremony.


About HKEX

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is one of the world’s major exchange groups, and operates a range of equity, commodity, fixed income and currency markets.  HKEX is the world’s leading IPO market and as Hong Kong’s only securities and derivatives exchange and sole operator of its clearing houses, it is uniquely placed to offer regional and international investors access to Asia’s most vibrant markets.

HKEX is also the global leader in metals trading, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, The London Metal Exchange (LME) and LME Clear Limited.  This commodity franchise was further enhanced with the launch of Qianhai Mercantile Exchange (QME), in China, in 2018.

HKEX launched the pioneering Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme in 2014, further expanded with the launch of Shenzhen Connect in 2016, and the launch of Bond Connect in 2017.