FCA is reminding businesses that conduct cryptoasset activity in the UK, to register with FCA to comply with its new regulations. FCA requires firms to submit completed applications for registration by June 30, 2020. This deadline allows FCA to review submitted applications and raise any follow-up questions with firms, with enough time for that process to be completed before January 10, 2021. FCA became the anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CTF) supervisor of businesses carrying out certain cryptoasset activities in the UK on January 10, 2020. FCA will proactively supervise firms’ compliance with the new regulations and will take swift action where firms fall short of the desired standards.
Any businesses that started carrying on business in the UK immediately before January 10, 2020 and are not registered by FCA by the January 10, 2021 deadline will have to cease this business. Any new businesses that began operating after January 10, 2020 must be registered with FCA before carrying out any business. Firms authorized or registered under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, Electronic Money Regulations 2011, or Payment Services Regulations 2017, but undertaking cryptoasset activity subject to the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds Regulations (MLRs), will also be required to apply for registration.
Keywords: Europe, UK, Banking, Securities, Cryptoassets, AML/CFT, FCA
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