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Estonia revokes 500 Crypto licenses

As part of an AML crackdown, Estonia’s action apparently is shuttering about 30% of the country’s crypto businesses. The head of their FIU says this is a “pre-emotive strike” against the industry, and that the goal is to tamp down money laundering risk in the industry through tighter regulation. Curiously, […]

FIUs meet to discuss virtual assets

FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE UNITS MEET TO DISCUSS GLOBAL ISSUES SURROUNDING VIRTUAL ASSETS PARIS – On February 16, 2020, fifty senior officials and experts of Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) from FATF countries and the Egmont Group1 Secretariat met in Paris to discuss the international ramifications of virtual assets from FIUs’ perspectives. Ms. […]

HKMA Issues Virtual Assets Circulars

16 December 2019 The Chief Executive All Authorized Institutions Dear Sir/Madam, Managing ML/TF risks associated with virtual assets (VAs) and virtual asset service providers (VASPs) I am writing to provide guidance to Authorized Institutions (AIs) in relation to recent updates by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to its Recommendation […]

FINTRAC provides update for virtual currency dealers

Businesses dealing in virtual currencies can register with FINTRAC in advance of June 1, 2020  The Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and associated Regulations were amended in June 2019 to cover businesses that deal in virtual currencies. To deal in virtual currencies means to provide virtual currency exchange services […]

Finanstilsynet publishes new virtual currency rules

New rules for virtual currency and fiat currency exchange providers as well as virtual wallet providers. Pr. January 10, 2020, everyone must be registered with the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority in accordance with the Money Laundering Act. You can already submit your application to the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority.  You can […]

FINMA issues stable coin guidelines

FINMA publishes ‘stable coin’ guidelines  The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA today publishes a supplement to its ICO guidelines outlining how it treats so-called ‘stable coins’ under Swiss supervisory law. FINMA has seen a steady increase in the number of ‘stable coin’ projects since 2018. In this context, FINMA […]

Outcomes of the June 16-21 FATF Plenary

Outcomes FATF Plenary, 16-21 June 2019 Send Print Tweet Orlando, 21 June 2019 – FATF President Marshall Billingslea of the United States, chaired the third and last Plenary meeting under the U.S. Presidency in Orlando on 19-21 June 2019. During this Plenary, delegates celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the FATF. In recent […]