FATF to Develop Common Rules For Exchanges

As reported, on June 24 members of the FATF will discuss the effectiveness of the rules, their applicability to new exchanges
13 June 2018   851

The intergovernmental organization FATF (financial crimes task force), whose main activity is the fight against money laundering, plans to create a set of mandatory rules for crypto exchanges. This is reported by Reuters referring to the statement of an unnamed Japanese official.

According to the agency, on June 24 members of the FATF will discuss the effectiveness of the rules, their applicability to new exchanges and the principles of implementing requirements in countries where cryptocurrencies are banned.

At present, crypto exchanges are following optional recommendations, which imply the registration and disclosure of information about suspicious activity. At the same time, each state independently decides to what extent to regulate cryptocurrency companies.

Tthe government of Japan, which recognized bitcoin as legal tender in April 2017, intends to establish mandatory supranational regulations for the regulation of crypto exchanges no later than 2019.

Xapo to Move from Hong Kong to Switzerland

According to Ted Rogers, Xapo president, Switzerland is the best place for crypto companies
23 January 2019   78

The well-known cryptocurrency company Xapo has decided to move the majority of units from Hong Kong to the Swiss “Cryptowalley”, BitcoinExchangeGuide reports.

The main structures of Xapo have worked in Hong Kong for several years. Nevertheless, the company is convinced that Switzerland has a more friendly legal infrastructure in relation to cryptocurrencies. This, Xapo believes, will enable the company to improve the quality of services and better comply with regulatory requirements.

It was one thought that Hong Kong was the holy grail of crypto regulations. But it has become more opaque. It’s a reality of this industry that you have to be agile and react to regulatory changes all the time. Swiss regulators are smart, interested and sophisticated in dealing with the financial markets. 
 

Ted Rogers

President, Xapo

Also, according to him, Switzerland is the best place to create cryptocurrency and blockchain companies.

Currently, Xapo has about 250 employees. At the same time, only 10 of them work in Zug.