Bitlish is pleased to have been invited to join Her Majesty’s Treasury’s (HMT) and Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) preliminary discussions in July 2019 concerning the advent of the EU’s 5th Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD).
The discussions will focus on how the Government plans to apply Anti-Money Laundering (AML) requirements to crypto asset activities including exchanges and leading to a possible supervisory regime. Bitlish’s MLRO, Christine Drabble, along with other leading industry experts and policymakers will participate in the discussions on implementation, potential FCA fee structure and how it may apply.
Bitlish is working closely with industry partners and regulators in the best interests of our customers to understand and assess how 5AMLD will impact on our business operations. Currently, we are reviewing the guidance of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) global standards for anti-money laundering and the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT). Adherence to regulatory obligations is very important to Bitlish as we continue to provide products and services to our global customer base.
On 6-7 May in Vienna, FATF held a consultative forum on cryptocurrencies and virtual assets. The forum looked at how countries would be required to draft AML regulations applicable to a broad range of crypto service providers and platforms, and the effectiveness and enforcement of their crypto regulatory frameworks. New recommendations were issued concerning how regulated crypto businesses should adhere to existing wire transfer requirements that banks and other mainstream financial institutions already apply so as to provide the same level of information concerning recipients of crypto transfers.
While Bitlish awaits an update from FATF’s report, the meeting with HMT and FCA will enable us to address these issues based on identified risks facing the crypto sector while upholding the ultimate objectives of regulators. We are excited to be a part of this evolving regulatory landscape whilst ensuring a safe and trusted delivery of our products and services to our global customer base.
Bitlish is a UK registered company with an LEI issued by the London Stock Exchange. The company runs a cryptocurrency exchange platform and multi cryptocurrency wallet. The exchange provides infrastructure for trading 5 fiat (Pound sterling, Euro, US dollar, Japanese yen, Russian ruble) and 13 cryptocurrencies. Verified customers are able to deposit and withdraw fiat funds in over 100 countries by wire bank transfers, Visa and Mastercard, and 30+ other payment options. Services are available through the main website and a multi cryptocurrency wallet for iOS and Android.