Coinbase Custody Forms Ireland Entity for European Expansion

According to a blog post of January 30, 2020, Coinbase Custody has announced the launch of a new entity in Ireland under the name of Coinbase Custody International. Based in Dublin, the new entity will focus on institutional clients like hedge funds and family offices across Europe; provide users with…

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Austria: FMA intervenes with Bitcoin custodians

The new regulation for the safekeeping of crypto assets such as Bitcoin requires providers to register with the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA). For non-registered companies, however, it could become expensive. Since January 10, the registration requirement for virtual currency service providers such as Bitcoin has been in effect in…

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FATF Supervisors’ Forum on supervising virtual assets

Supervisory authorities from around the world met to discuss how to supervise and regulate virtual assets and virtual asset service providers (VASPs) in Paris on January 9, 2020. It was the first chance for supervisors to discuss how to implement these new measures since the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)…

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German digital assets custody regulation picks up speed

By January 1, 2020, the new regulation for digital assets custody came into force in Germany. As of today, the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) provides a form for the declaration of intent according to § 64y para. 1 or 2 KWG about digital asset safekeeping. As expected, the requirements…

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Liechtenstein Blockchain Act in force since 1 January 2020

On January 1, 2020, a new law on the regulation of blockchain came into force in the Principality of Liechtenstein; the “Law on Tokens and Trusted Technology Service Providers”, in short TTTL. The Parliament of Liechtenstein had passed the so-called Blockchain Act on October 3, 2019. With this regulatory work,…

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