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FCA Warns Crypto Businesses Fail to Meet UK’s Money Laundering Regulations Standard

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) warned {that a} huge variety of crypto companies are failing to meet U.Okay necessities for the prevention of cash laundering actions.

On Thursday, June 3, the FCA introduced that it had prolonged the deadline for the so-called “Temporary Registration regime “from July 9 2021, to March 31 2022.

Businesses offering cryptocurrency-related providers are required to register with the monetary regulator. The watchdog launched a brief licensing regime for crypto companies whose functions haven’t but been authorized to permit them to proceed buying and selling.

“A considerably excessive variety of companies will not be assembly the required requirements beneath the Money Laundering Regulations leading to an unprecedented variety of companies withdrawing their functions,” the FCA acknowledged.

The watchdog stated that the prolonged deadline goals to permit cryptocurrency corporations to proceed doing their companies whereas the company continues finishing up strong assessments.

In December 2020, the regulator launched a brief registration regime after going through struggles coping with tons of of functions from crypto companies in search of to register their current companies.

The preliminary deadline for accepting functions was scheduled for January 10 2021, however the regulator pushed the deadline again to July 9, 2021, and has additional prolonged the deadline till March 31 2022.

So far, solely 5 companies (together with Digivault, Archax, Ziglu, and two Gemini entities) are at the moment registered with the FCA.

The FCA has been pressured to lengthen the deadline twice as a result of a number of utility opinions are nonetheless pending. The regulator stated that many corporations are additionally withdrawing their functions as a result of they aren’t assembly the required requirements beneath the cash laundering rules.

Late final month, UK treasury official John Glen acknowledged that up to now, over 90% of the crypto corporations have withdrawn their functions following the FCA’s engagement within the evaluate train. Glen additionally talked about that a number of crypto corporations have failed to make use of the proper experience to implement anti-money laundering processes.

Glen additional acknowledged that there are 167 crypto corporations nonetheless ready for registration, and there are additionally 77 new cryptocurrency startups whose functions are pending a full evaluation.    

Crypto Investment Risks

Last 12 months, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority warned native buyers to alert the chance of the whole loss to their capital for cryptocurrencies investments. The authority warned buyers to be cautious of funding and lending merchandise associated to cryptocurrencies that include very excessive dangers.

The company stated that some corporations providing investments or lending providers linked to crypto belongings claimed excessive returns typically entails excessive dangers. The authorities additionally warned in regards to the speculative nature of crypto belongings.

Cryptocurrencies resembling Bitcoin have lengthy been related to unlawful actions like cyberattacks and cash laundering as a result of folks transacting them don’t reveal their id.

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