Cyprus securities watchdog issues first cryptocurrency regulations
04 Dec 2020

The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) last week issued its first regulations regarding cryptocurrency.

The new rules laid down in Circular C417 are designed to ensure that Cyprus Investment Firms (CIFs), make provision to cover investments in cryptocurrencies (the regulations do not distinguish among them), and that risks involving cryptocurrencies are managed properly.

“It is a good first step for the country,” comments Dimitris Papoutsis, a lawyer with Elias Neocleous & Co. in Limassol. “The Circular addresses much-needed direction so that CIFs can invest in cryptocurrency and be assured of compliance.”

Papoutsis points out that the Circular cites the lack of previous regulation for cryptocurrencies. “As noted in the EBA’s report on crypto assets there is no reference in the current prudential framework for crypto assets,” the Circular says.

“So it is natural that CySEC should fill this gap for CIFs to be able to calculate their own funds and capital adequacy ratio, accordingly,” he adds.

CIFs must first obtain authorisation from CySEC to trade in cryptocurrencies, because they are not specifically regulated by previous financial regulation, whether in Cyprus, or at the level of the EU.

By Andrew Rosenbaum, Cyprus Mail, 2 December 2020

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