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Estonian government tightens up licensing requirements for cryptocurrency companies

**New changes to a local crypto legislation were introduced by Estonian Ministry of Finance.** According to the updated rules the processing time of applications changed from 30 to 90 days along with a mandatory registration of a company or its branch in Estonia. Among other crucial changes the cost of the license was increased almost 10 times, to 3,330 euros. Due to new regulations introdu...

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Attention! False information about updated Estonian legislation for cryptocurrency companies flooded the internet

During the last few days, a lot of news related to "new" legislation in Estonia began to appear on the Internet. One of the main sources of such information was the local consulting firm ESTI. According to their report, Estonian Ministry of Finance (EMF) released amendments to local crypto legislation that have significantly raised the bar for new potential crypto-companies. The report also ...

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China's Central Bank is planning to ban crypto airdrops

**The People's Bank of China (PBoC), China's central bank, has its eyes on cryptocurrency companies that are conducting free airdrop campaigns in the country.** In its latest financial stability report for 2018, which was published on November 2, 2018 the **central bank stated that there has been a surge in the number of "disguised" Initial Coin Offerings (ICO)**, as well as free distribution ...

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New financial crime combating plan was released in UK

...rrencies are not used for money laundering and other illegal activities. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the country’s financial regulator, will supervise the regulations, meaning it will introduce and maintain a sufficient AML regime for cryptocurrency companies. Further, an Asset Recovery Action Plan will help reclaim the proceeds of crime, including funds retained outside the U.K....

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German crypto companies will require BaFin license as of next year

Starting from next year, **new regulation in Germany will require cryptocurrency companies to obtain a license issued by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin)**. Crypto derivatives will not fall under these regulations, but remain subject to the ESMA’s current restriction and any future proposals by the BaFin regarding the sale of these instruments to retail investors. Based on...

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Albania is preparing a legal framework for virtual assets

...ments. This seems to have worked particularly well in Malta, which eventually became colloquially known as the “blockchain island” because of the high number of cryptocurrency firms that set up shop there. Considering previous experience, new cryptocurrency companies have avoided establishing themselves with unclear regulations due to the chance of accidentally violating the law, and being ...

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