Crypto firms operating in the UK, prior to 10th January 2020, are required, in compliance with the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5MLD), to register with the FCA and be compliant with the MLRs 2017, as amended. There has been a number of extensions to the registration deadline. Director Philip Creed looks at what firms should be doing now to better prepare for their cryptoasset registration.
‘IPO’, three letters to embody the essence of a $3.76tn UK market, so fundamental that their meaning speaks even to the uninitiated. Initial offerings, however, extend beyond the realms of traditional shares. Yet, for the vast majority, news of an STO – Security Token Offering is likely to fly under the radar.
On the one hand, this comes as no surprise. A report by the Cryptoasset Taskforce confirmed that security tokens compose only a very limited portion of the markets within the UK. Consequently STOs, or Security Token Offerings, are about as common as royalty. On the other hand, despite their nature as cryptoassets, they aren’t so very different to the common shares that marketeers and the public alike have come to know.
In this blog, Fred McDowell, Senior Manager within the fincrime team in fscom, outlines the key changes in the 6th Anti Money Laundering Directive (6AMLD) and what it means for regulated firms in both the UK and the EU.
The 30 June deadline for crypto asset applications to receive a priority review from the FCA is fast approaching.
Entering into force in July 2018 after political agreement was reached by the EU Parliament, the Council and the Commission, the EU’s Fifth Money Laundering Directive (5MLD) is intended to be transposed into applicable national law no later than 10th January 2020.
Her Majesty’s Treasury published a consultation paper on the UK’s transposition efforts relating to the EU’s 5th Money Laundering Directive (5MLD) earlier this year. The Directive will come into force on 10th January 2020 and contains enhancements to the existing provisions as mandated by the EU’s 4th Money Laundering Directive (4MLD) which was implemented in the UK through the Money Laundering Regulations 2017.
With less than 4 months to go, you should be considering how the proposed changes will impact your business and whether your current approach to financial crime risk management is adequate.
When we hear the word ‘cryptocurrencies’, three fixations tend to pop up; price volatility, anonymity and, perhaps most of all, its enduring association with the darker corners of the internet.