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Does your business deal in crypto? Priority cryptoasset registration applications deadline fast approaching

[fa icon='calendar'] 22-Jun-2020 17:02:44 / by Colin Sloan posted in 5MLD, cryptocurrency, Cryptoassets

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The 30 June deadline for crypto asset applications to receive a priority review from the FCA is fast approaching. 

As you may be aware, cryptoasset exchange providers and custodian wallet providers have been included in the AML supervisory regime by virtue of 5MLD. This inclusion was implemented in the UK by virtue of The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (amendments) Regulations 2019 which came into force on the 10 January this year.

Cryptoasset exchanges and custodian wallet providers are now therefore subject to the full range of AML obligations under the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 (MLRs), including customer due diligence, suspicious activity reporting, transaction monitoring obligations, etc.

Furthermore, the UK government has given the FCA powers to supervise and enforce the requirements laid out within the MLRs. As such, these firms must now register with the regulator.

 

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The FCA's Financial Resilience Survey

[fa icon='calendar'] 08-Jun-2020 16:42:37 / by Colin Sloan posted in E-money, FCA, Payment services, Covid 19, financial resilience, capital adequacy

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As we enter our 12th week of lockdown, the FCA has begun a process to obtain regular, specific data from a substantial number of firms to better predict the vulnerability of financial services firms, and thereby the impact on consumers. E-money issuers, payment service providers, CFD providers, advisers and intermediaries are among the targeted sectors and emails advising those selected for the first batch have already arrived with our clients. In this blog I will explain what the FCA is looking for and what you should be doing.  

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Cross Border Payments Regulation 2

[fa icon='calendar'] 27-Apr-2020 13:29:35 / by Colin Sloan posted in Payment services, Payments sector, CBPR2

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Capital Stress Testing

[fa icon='calendar'] 19-Mar-2020 12:50:37 / by Colin Sloan posted in Payments sector, E-money sector, Covid 19

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I delivered a training session on capital adequacy last week. The irony of delivering the session on the cusp of such a capital-stressful situation was clear to all in the room and many subsequent conversations focused on the steps that these payment and e-money institutions were, and would be, taking to deal with the crisis.

In a blog last week, our Managing Director, Jamie Cooke, commented on the business continuity measures that firms should take in light of the pandemic. In this post, I will set out what payment and e-money institutions are doing (and should be doing) as they brace for the pandemic.

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