On October 30, 2023, HM Treasury released a policy update announcing its intention to bring forward secondary legislation to introduce regulatory measures for specific cryptoassets known as stablecoins by early 2024.  The policy update outlines the proposed framework for regulating the issuance, custody, and utilization of fiat-backed stablecoins by amending existing financial services legislation.  In

On October 8, 2023, highly anticipated regulatory changes came into effect bringing qualifying cryptoassets within the scope of the UK’s existing financial promotions regime and the remit of the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”).  The regulatory changes effectively ban unauthorized firms globally from marketing qualifying cryptoassets to UK consumers, which are now deemed as

On September 1, 2023, the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) set out its expectations for cryptoasset businesses in the UK’s compliance with the “Travel Rule”, introduced by The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2022 (the “Amended MLRs”).  The Travel Rule requires cryptoasset businesses to gather, authenticate, and share

On August 30, 2022, further amendments to the UK’s nine thematic and 29 geographic sanctions regulations came into effect, which expand financial sanctions reporting obligations to cryptoasset exchanges and custodian wallet providers.  The amendments, which were introduced under the Sanctions (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2022 and the Sanctions (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No.2) Regulations 2022 (Amending Regulations), revise the definition of a “relevant firm” to which mandatory financial sanctions reporting obligations apply.

For more information on how these developments could impact your organization, contact Alexandra Melia, in Steptoe’s Economic Sanctions team in London.Continue Reading New UK Sanctions Legislation Expands Mandatory Financial Sanctions Reporting Obligations to Include Crypto Providers