Tagged: vasps

FATF Meeting Addresses Virtual Assets, Study Continues on Crypto with Focus on Stablecoins

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) completed a meeting this week calling on members to “tackle new threats and vulnerabilities posed by criminals during the COVID-19 crisis.” The FATF is an international policy-making and standard-setting body, headquartered in Paris, dedicated to combating money laundering and… Read More

60% of Bitcoin Is Held by Entities that have Never Sold More than 25% of their BTC Holdings: Report

  Blockchain analysis is quite useful when conducting investigations into cryptocurrency-related transactions. It has also become essential when determining whether digital asset service providers are complying with application regulatory and compliance guidelines. Blockchain security and analysis firm Chainalysis says that it uses special software tools… Read More

FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco Discusses Travel Rule for Crypto, COVID-19 is a Lure for the Bad Guys

FinCEN Director Kenneth A. Blanco delivered a speech at virtual Consensus this past week addressing several hot topics of the day – including the “Travel Rule”; the FATF requirement that virtual asset service providers (or VASPs – think crypto exchanges) maintain information on purchasers and… Read More

Regtech: Blockchain Security Firm CoolBitX Presents Findings of Sygna Bridge’s Production Report to FATF Contact Group

  CoolBitX, a blockchain security firm that’s developing the infrastructure needed to bridge the gap between the mainstream financial market and cryptocurrency sector, recently presented its findings of Sygna Bridge’s production report to Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Contact Group members. As mentioned in a… Read More

Coalition of International Blockchain Groups Agrees to Standard to Comply with FATF Travel Rule for VASPs

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global anti-money laundering and terrorist financing organization, posted requirements for virtual asset service providers or VASPs in 2019. The guidelines required intermediaries to maintain information on digital asset transactions from both buyers and sellers – called the Travel… Read More

CipherTrace Enlisted to Advise Japanese Regulators on FATF Crypto Travel Rules

CipherTrace, a cryptocurrency research and tracking platform that provides services to both the public and private sector, has distributed a note that it is meeting with Japanese financial regulators to review the relatively new FATF travel rules and its impact on “virtual asset service providers… Read More

Regtech: Taiwan’s CoolBitX, a Blockchain Security Firm, Secures $16.75 Million in Funding via Round Led By SBI Holdings

Asia-based CoolBitX, a leading blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT) security firm, has acquired $16.75 million in capital through a Series B investment round from several large investors. CoolBitX’s funding round was led by Japan-based financial services company SBI Holdings. Monex Group, South Korean crypto-asset… Read More

Crypto Powwow: FinCEN and Others Meet to Discuss Virtual Assets

Last week, 50 senior officials convened in Paris to discuss “global issues surrounding virtual assets.” Participants included FinCEN, part of the US Department of Treasury, as well as the Financial Intelligence Unit Germany, France’s Tracfin, and other FATF countries. Virtual asset experts from the Financial… Read More

G20 Issues Joint Statement, Questions Big Tech in Fintech, Urges Implementation of FATF Rules for Virtual Assets

Yesterday, the G20 issued a joint communique outlining shared goals for the group of the larget 20 economies in the world. The actual event is being hosted by Saudi Arabia with meetings ongoing. The document, embedded below, recognized the value of “digitalization of the economy”… Read More

Taiwanese Congressman Jason Hsu Lauds Swiss “OpenVASP” Initiative in Speech Delivered in Davos

Taiwanese Congressman and crypto advocate Jason Hsu delivered a speech on AML requirements at the EmTech Investment Meeting 2020 held at Davos this week.  Hsu is also the co-founder and APAC Spokesperson for the Global Blockchain Policy Council of Legislators. Hsu has been vocal on… Read More

Report: “Virtual Asset Services” Banned in Qatar

International Investment (II) is reporting that Qatar’s financial regulator, the QFC, has banned the use of cryptocurrencies in the region. The ban appears to be comprehensive. It covers, “anything of value that acts as a substitute for currency, that can be digitally traded or transferred… Read More

Report: Paraguay Consolidating Cryptocurrency Industry Oversight

Paraguay’s Secretary for Preventing Money and Property Laundering (SEPRELAD) has ordered all Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs) in the country to submit to a “mass audit” of the sector and, “to open their books to the government for the first time,” Born 2 Invest (B2I) reports. The… Read More

Ukraine’s Government Approves Final Draft of New Anti-Money Laundering Laws that Apply to Virtual Assets

Ukraine’s government has reportedly approved the nation’s final draft of a new money laundering law that applies to virtual assets (or cryptocurrencies) and virtual asset service providers (VASPs), according to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) guidelines. The Rada, the country’s legislative body, released a… Read More

The European Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive Kicks in On January 10th

In the European Union, the fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) entered into force on 9 July 2018 but impacted firms have until January 10, 2020, to become compliant. Crypto companies, or virtual asset service providers (VASPs), will be expected to step things up and adhere… Read More

Crypto Leaders Propose Protocol to Comply with FATF Requirements on VASPs

In the midst of the Blockshow Asia Conference crypto industry representatives have announced a movement create an open protocol designed to comply with FATF  demands impacting VASPs or Virtual Asset Service Providers. According to a release, representatives of the Swiss-based Crypto Valley Association (CVA), International Digital… Read More

Five Cryptocurrency Exchanges Now Registered to Operate in Finland

Five virtual currency service providers (VASPS) have now been authorized by Finland’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) to provide cryptocurrency services in the region. The five firms must also comply with EU anti-money laundering laws and will be subject to inspection. As well, in announcing the registered… Read More

Group of Crypto Industry Participants Comment on FATF Travel Rule: Massive Impact, but Will Help with “Transition to Becoming Mainstream”

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) rules regarding cryptocurrency platforms or virtual asset service providers (VASPs) have been out in the wild for some time now. Initially, there was much industry concern that required KYC/AML rules will undermine VASPs and harm the industry but, over… Read More

To Align With FATF Guidelines, South Korea Will Directly Regulate Crypto Exchanges

South Korean financial regulators are planning to align the country with widely adopted FATF global guidelines by directly regulating crypto exchanges in the country under a licensing regime, Business Korea (BK) reports. The new FATF guidelines require crypto exchanges to report transactions that exceed a certain… Read More

Here is the Guidance by FATF on VASPs Presented at G20

As has been widely reported, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) presented a report providing guidance for financial services at the G20 last week. FATF is an independent inter-governmental body that develops policies to protect the global financial system. This includes strategies against anti-money laundering,… Read More

V20 Looks to Pull Global Crypto Industry Together, MOU Signed by National Trade Associations

The V20 Summit, a crypto focused event taking place alongside the G20 in Japan, has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by a “group of key national trade associations” to create a single association to provide a unified, global voice representing “Virtual Asset Service… Read More

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