Author: Josie Welland 30 March 2021
Rahman Ravelli’s Josie Welland wrote about the approach taken to cryptocurrency regulation so far by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Her article was published by the Global Banking Regulation Review.
In her piece, she details the role the FCA has had since 10 January 2020, as the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing supervisor of UK cryptoasset businesses under the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017.
Businesses that did not start operating until after 9 January 2020 had to register with the FCA, while existing businesses had to be both registered with the FCA and fully compliant with the 2017 Regulations. Yet delays in registering all companies led to the FCA announcing a temporary registration scheme in December 2020.
Two months prior to that, the FCA announced a ban on all retail cryptocurrency derivatives trading; which covered products such as options, futures and exchange-traded notes.
Josie’s article details the measures outlined in the FCA’s 108-page report into the fintech sector, which was published in February 2021. She also highlights areas where she believes the FCA’s actions appear to contradict its wish to make the UK a force in fintech.
The current systems in place to regulate cryptocurrency are, she argues, both out of date and unsuitable for the task they are being asked to do.
Josie's article featured in Global Banking Regulation Review.
Josie specialises in defending national and multinational white-collar crime cases. She has been involved in some of the most notable bribery and corruption, tax evasion, cryptocurrency, money laundering, fraud and asset recovery investigations.