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A Half Year Report on virtual currencies in 2018

Categories Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Regulatory, ICOs, Malta, ICO Legal Service, Law, The Blockchain Island, DLT Regulation, Smart Contracts, E&S Group, Technology, Trading, Cryptocurrency Exchange, Tokenomics, Regulation, Tokens, Binance, Utility Tokens, Security Tokens, DLT

A Half Year Report on virtual currencies in 2018

2018 has been an interesting year for crypto with colossal crashes, much-needed market adjustments, and of course, the emergence of a large number of new tokens and cryptocurrencies. Along with significant advances in regulation and legal frameworks that seek to understand, support, and protect those stakeholders operating within this new industry, there is no doubt that the rest of 2018 is going to be just as, if not more exciting as the previous six months.

Mid-January Market Crash

If you were holding Bitcoin in December 2017, you probably couldn’t believe your luck. As the value of a single Bitcoin headed towards $20k, a mad rush to invest ensued and predictions on where the price may head reached stratospheric new heights. Then on January 16th 2018, Bitcoin investors woke up to a nasty shock. The value of their coins had dropped by 15% and this news had a knock-on effect on the value of all other altcoins, causing a huge slump in the value of the market. The excitement and hype that had surrounded cryptocurrencies just a few days before, disappeared just like the profits of those who invested in it.

As prices continued to fall, investors started to panic. They started selling their coins in an effort to nip their losses in the bud and the moniker “Black Tuesday” was coined. Some crypto-coins saw losses of up to 40% and it seemed like many naysayers predictions were coming true and that the bubble had finally burst. Some voices remained steadfastly optimistic however and maintained that price slumps were common in all markets, not just the crypto one. After such an exponential increase in value, it was naturally expected that the market would correct itself because after every meteoric rise comes to a reverse-swing of the pendulum that needs to be ridden out – January was exactly that. As prices are now more stable it is hoped that they will increase at a steady rate, signalling a new era of market stability and maturity.

TRON Makes a Name for Itself

Since January of this year, TRON has experienced a steady increase in value. Despite a few issues, mainly caused by the crypto price-crash, it seemed to have found its niche which suggests a bright future for both the platform and its cryptocurrency.

TRON is a decentralised, blockchain-based, protocol project that functions as a content distribution platform for the digital entertainment industry. Whilst the platform itself is yet to go live the TRX coin is gaining significant traction.

Created by Justin Sun in 2017, the concept behind it is to establish a global network of free entertainment content which allows creators to publish, store and distribute their own content without the need for an intermediary. Whilst its value per coin was only $0.30 in January, it is expected to hit $1 by the end of 2018.

Its main selling point is that it is not just another cryptocurrency. It has a platform that solves a problem and offers functionality to a range of users and publishers. Over the last year, TRON has increased in value by 1.39% making it one of the top crypto coins in terms of growth, making it one to keep your eye on as we progress through 2018.

The Unexpected Rise of Litecoin

Many have dismissed Litecoin as “the poor man’s Bitcoin” but despite this, its popularity has increased drastically over the past few months. It was initially launched via an open-source client on GitHub in 2011, a sort of spin-off of the original Bitcoin Core client, but it offered much lower block generation times, a higher number of coins, a modified GUI, and a different hashing algorithm.

In 2013 it experienced a big surge in value and by May 2017 it had secured a spot as one of the Top 5 global cryptocurrencies in terms of its market cap. Now accepted by a wide range of online retailers, its adoption is increasing and many are seeing it as a better alternative to the rather bloated and over-inflated Bitcoin.

12 and even 6 months ago, blockchain was not something that was widely understood but as we progress to the end of 2018, it is expected that we will see a dramatic uptake of blockchain integration across a diverse range of sectors. Following in the footsteps of IBM, Microsoft, and Maersk, even smaller SMEs are likely to be interested in harnessing its potential.

Litecoin is predicted to peak at a value of over $600 per coin by the end of 2018 and there is no doubt that it has huge potential. Negating many of the issues that are faced by Bitcoin users, it presents a practical, simplified and completely viable alternative to the crypto-giant.

Malta Takes the Lead in Industry Regulation

In the last 12 months, it has seen cryptocurrency, blockchain and ICOs negate a minefield of regulatory and legal issues. Problems around its classification, AML and KYC regulations, and the reluctance of many banking institutions to support the burgeoning technology has resulted in many setbacks for the crypto world but that is all set to change.

The island of Malta has long been a hub for digital technologies and it is well known for its iGaming, Finserv and Fintech industries that when combined, account for around half of the country`s GDP. Then, in March 2018 the Government announced the drafting of three new bills that would seek to provide legal and regulatory clarification on DLT, crypto, and ICOs. These bills are the Virtual Financial Assets Bill which would provide a regulatory framework for ICOs and virtual currencies, the Malta Digital Innovation Authority Bill and the Technology Arrangements and Services Bill which will oversee companies that operate within the market, as well as providing a much-needed guidance and clarification.

This makes Malta the first jurisdiction in the EU, and the world to create a comprehensive legal framework that not only protects all stakeholders including operators and investors, but also supports the growth and development of the industry. By ensuring explicit legal clarification as well as adherence to AML and KYC regulations. This means that the industry will receive a much-needed confidence boost and will help to increase the  level of public trust in this new market sector.

Binance Relocates to Malta

As a result of Malta’s decision to support cryptocurrencies and related industries, an exciting announcement came just a few days later. Binance is the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world and commands 10% of the global trading volume as well as having a market capitalistion of $1.3billion at the time of writing. Its founder Changpeng Zhao started Binance in July 2017 and in just a couple of short months, it has grown to be the market leader.

Following the introduction of restrictive laws in Japan and China regarding cryptocurrencies and exchanges, Binance was on the look out for a more welcoming and flexible home. On March 23rd, Binance announced their move to Malta and the crypto community rejoiced. Such a vote of confidence is a big deal for the small EU country and it is expected that such a move will encourage many other companies and startups to follow suit.

The Blockchain Boom

This time last year, most people had heard of the blockchain but only in the context of it being intrinsically linked to Bitcoin. Now, the technology has broken away from just monetary uses and has earned a lot of attention for its potential. In the last few months, more and more use cases have come to prominence at blockchain has found uses in industries such as logistics, healthcare, politics, real estate, and even crypto-powered beer vending machines. It has also been tipped to completely revolutionize the way we vote, as well as provide microloans to SMEs in developing countries and to solve the energy crisis in third world countries.

 

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Blockchain island to welcome Waves

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Blockchain Island to Welcome Waves

Waves, a popular decentralized blockchain application, is currently in talks to relocate all or some of its operations to the island of Malta.

This week CEO of Waves, Sasha Ivanov met with the Maltese Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat to discuss the accreditation required to operate within the country. Cooperation in terms of land registry, voting, healthcare and other sectors, as well as various proposals to use Waves as a platform for the tokenisation of financial instruments, was also discussed.

In a statement released by Waves, the meeting was described as “encouraging”. The statement added:

“We are interested in this accreditation and are ready to start working with Malta’s legal experts to bring our ready-to-use blockchain solutions here.”

Junior Finance Minister, Silvio Schembri added that there was a chance that the Maltese government would reach an agreement with the Russian company in the coming weeks. Good for Waves, the Russian state-owned manufacturing conglomerate Rostec has agreed to work with Waves on the development and implementation of the Waves platform for the management of data with $2 million being invested into the project.

This week, Waves also announced the launch of a new protocol that would allow smart contracts to run over the Waves main-net.

Over the last few months, Malta has seen an incredible influx of big-name cryptocurrency related businesses relocation to Malta. Binance, OKEx, BitBay, and ZB.com have all announced either a full relocation or the opening of operations in the country, now dubbed “blockchain island”.

This current influx of blockchain and crypto related businesses is due to the three acts that are to come into force on the 1st of November 2018 that will seek to regulate and define the burgeoning industry. These new laws will place Malta at the forefront of global regulation for cryptocurrency and related industries, making it something of a pioneer.

If you own or think of starting a blockchain-based business, then Malta should be at the top of your list when it comes to choosing a jurisdiction. To find out more about setting up a business in Malta, and all of the legal and regulatory requirements, please contact a member of our team here. E&S Group is perfectly positioned to help with setting up companies and business structures, providing fiscal and legal advice. Contact us on [email protected]

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Forbes quotes Muscat’s Bitcoin Prediction

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Forbes quotes Muscat’s Bitcoin Prediction

The Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat has recently gained the fame as one of the most often quoted politicians in the European space due to his statements on the development of the digital industry and its regulation.   He has already announced his positive attitude towards bitcoin and blockchain from the point of their ability to eliminate third party service providers, giving users more freedom over information and money.

Forbes writes about the “Massive Bitcoin Prediction” according to the statement of Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat in an address to the United Nations General Assembly, where he has expressed his belief that blockchain technology is the tool that will help digital currencies “inevitably” gain mass adoption and become the future of money.

“I passionately believe technology revolutionizes and improves systems,” said Muscat. “This is why in Malta, we have launched ourselves as the blockchain island.”

“By being the first jurisdiction worldwide to regulate this new technology that previously existed in a legal vacuum. Blockchain makes cryptocurrencies inevitable future of money. More transparent, it helps filter good business from bad business.”

“Emissions trading systems can be taken to the next level. We can help verify that humanitarian assistance is reaching its intended destination. We can make sure that nobody is deprived of their legitimate property because of compromised data.”

E&S has already written about the progressive attitude of the Maltese authorities towards blockchain and the interpreters operating within this space, coming up with the regulation on the 1st of November.

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1st of November – Maltese Regulation Comes into Force

Categories Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, ICOs, Malta, Law, The Blockchain Island, DLT Regulation, E&S Group, MFSA, VFA Act, DLT

1st of November – Maltese Regulation Comes into Force

Since March, the Maltese government has begun discussing the ways to regulate the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and the related digital space, including Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), cryptocurrency exchanges, Blockchain based companies, FinTech and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Through this progressive approach taken by the authorities, many big corporations namely, Binance, OKEx and Neufund have chosen Malta to be the place for business relocation. These companies have also helped the Maltese government to draft such progressive laws, encouraging more businesses to transfer their operations to the island. Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat tweeted that “[Malta’s] aim [is] to be[come] the global trailblazers in the regulation of blockchain-based businesses and the jurisdiction of quality and choice for world-class fintech companies”.

On the 4th of July 2018, the Maltese parliament unanimously passed three laws, namely: Malta Digital Innovations Authority (MDIA), Virtual Financial Assets Act (VFAA) and the Innovation Technology Arrangement and Services Act (ITAS). This was a success, making Malta a leader in this ever-growing industry, hence dubbed as “The Blockchain Island”.

The industries had been waiting for these laws to be implemented for a long time. Regarding the Innovative Technology Arrangements and Services Act, 2018 (ACT No. XXXIII of 2018) the Minister for the Digital Economy has established the 1st November 2018 as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force. In exercise of the powers conferred by article 1(2) of the Virtual Financial Assets Act (ACT No. XXXIII of 2018), 2018, the Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, in consultation with  Malta  Financial  Services  Authority,  has  established  the  1st November 2018 as the date on which the Act shall come into force.

The MDIA, which falls under the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), has already been in operation.

What do the VFA Act and the ITAS Acts change?

One of the most important acts is the VFAA, as it regulates the whole Initial Virtual Financial Assets Offering and Virtual Financial Assets ecosystem and increases transparency requirements. The high-level principles and means of prosecution are applied to those who abuse market regulations, for example, by not adhering to the 5th anti-money laundering directive.

The VFAA covers the following; offering of VFAs, regulation of all services providers operating on the VFA space; licencing of all requirements and obligations of ICO issuers or those companies providing any kind of services to ICOs; structuring and implementing the financial instrument tests, identifying the minimum disclosure requirements for ICO whitepapers, control on marketing and advertisement of VFAs.

The law attests that every ICO better named by law as “initial virtual financial asset offering” or “initial VFA offering” needs to pass the Financial Instrument Test to be presented to the MFSA. The Financial Instrument Test is led by VFA Agents, which have to undergo a test to obtain a license from the respective authority. The law states that the VFA Agent is to be a source of guidance between the VFA issuer or the VFA service provider applicant, acting as a contact person between the MFSA and the client.

On the other hand, the ITAS is defined as “a regulatory framework which will be set up for the registration of Technology Service Providers (System Administrators and Auditors) and the certification of Technology Arrangements.” Its role is to “provide for the regulation of designated innovative technology arrangements referred to in the Act, as well as of designated innovative technology services referred to in the Act, and for the exercise by or on behalf of the Malta Digital Innovation Authority of regulatory functions with regard thereto.”

The ITAS provides a liaison with the MDIA. Its purpose is to seek all relevant authorisation by the MDIA.

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Corporate tax regimes in DLT-friendly jurisdictions

Categories Tax, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Malta, The Blockchain Island, DLT Regulation, Technology, DLT

Corporate tax regimes in DLT-friendly jurisdictions

Over the last few months, Malta has worked hard to cement its position as the global hub for DLT, cryptocurrency and related industries. After recently bringing in three new Acts that will provide much needed regulatory certainty within the industry, Malta is currently the most crypto-friendly EU jurisdiction. But when it comes to setting up a cryptocurrency or blockchain business, tax considerations are often at the forefront of entrepreneurs minds. So how do various EU jurisdictions stack up against each other?

Malta

Malta’s tax regime has been approved by both the European Commission and the OECD and any company that is incorporated in the country is subject to a flat tax rate of 35%. There are however a number of exemptions and refunds available that can effectively reduce the amount of tax paid to as little as 0%. When a company pays the 35% rate, the shareholders are entitled to a refund of part or all of the tax they pay on the dividends that they receive.

Switzerland

Whilst not technically EU, Switzerland is still in the EAA and has long been a reputable jurisdiction when it comes to business. When it comes to corporate taxation, Swiss companies are liable to pay income tax on any profits generated within the country; at the federal level this is 8.5% but this can be reduced to 7.83% as it is deductible for tax purposes. Tax is also payable at a local level, meaning that a business incorporated in Switzerland can pay between 11.5% and 24.2% tax.

Gibraltar

A British Overseas Territory, Gibraltar has a flat rate of taxation of just 10% on any income that is derived in or from the jurisdiction. The problem with setting up a business in Gibraltar at the moment is that no one is sure what will happen when the UK leave the European Union. This hangs a cloud of uncertainty over business that jurisdictions operating there, particularly if they have business interests in the European Union.

Lithuania

Corporate entities that are incorporated in Lithuania are subject to an income tax rate of just 15%.  Some businesses are able to apply for a reduced rate depending on the size of their business, for example, if they have less than 10 employees or a turnover of less than EUR 300,000.

 

The above is not to be construed as legal advice. If you need any advice you should contact your advisers accordingly.

If you are looking to set up a business, E&S Group is able to assist you with every step of the way. To find out more, send us an email on [email protected] or phone us on +356 2010 3020

 

 

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MFSA organised a seminar titled: Due Diligence and Cybersecurity in Relation to DLT

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MFSA organised a seminar titled: Due Diligence and Cybersecurity in Relation to DLT

 

Last Tuesday, 11th September, MFSA organised a day seminar for those who work in the field of DLT and Fintech which took place at Corinthia Palace Attard. The seminar titled ‘Due Diligence and Cybersecurity in Relation to DLT’, discussed many challenging issues that the DLT is facing. Many topics were discussed during this seminar, with a particular focus on cybersecurity, hacking and fraud.

E&S Group was represented by its team who gained a better insight into this ever-growing space.

Speakers from around the world, (most notably coming from France, Germany, England and the USA), attended the seminar. They spoke about their concern about hackers’ attacks which are made every day, and also covering the topic of frauds. In fact, in the past few years, many banks have experienced some kind of attack, with the consequence of losing their customers’ money. As a result, this has made the DLT space to look like a high-risk sector. However, everyone working in a network is subjected to an attack. The speakers all agreed that the blockchain technology needs to implement some sort of due diligence on the platform, preventing any hacks and tarnishing the sector further.

Moreover, it was discussed that crypto investors should conduct a due diligence procedure, helping banks and exchanges to identify who is fraudulent or not. Those institutions that do not follow any due diligence procedures are subjected to hackers accessing customers’ wallets, thus resulting in the bankruptcy of the company. In order to prevent such theft in the sector, cryptographers are creating complex algorithms to prevent such wrongdoings. This will help maintain the system to stay safe in combination with constant checks done to make sure no access is given to intruders. Mrs Maria Vello from Cyber Defence Alliance pointed out that that hackers are not anonymous and many criminals who stole money from banks have been caught by police.

VFA Agents in DLT

The event also highlighted the importance of VFA Agents. Accountants, auditors and lawyers who are applying to become a licenced VFA Agents have to go through a rigorous procedure, including, an exam, an interview and the applicable due diligence. The MFSA stated that this procedure is important to eliminate any “bad practises” within the industry. Moreover, the licenced VFA Agents need to conduct the Financial instrument test on their clients, thus presenting all the required information, one of which being the white paper, to the authority.

Malta has become the leading jurisdiction to have a friendly approach on DLT sector. At E&S Group we have helped over 80 ICOs to launch their project in Malta. If you would like to join these companies but require further advice, please contact us at [email protected] or by telephone on +356 2010 3020. We make things happen!

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Why Malta Makes Sense

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Why Malta Makes Sense

When you think of the island of Malta, you probably think of sun, sea, and sand. That would be correct, but you would have missed out one very important thing- its flourishing digital technology industry.

Over the last decade, Malta has evolved to so much more than a prime holiday destination and it is now home to some of the most exciting, disruptive, and innovative industries in the world. Long established as the global home of online gaming operators, it is now considered as one of the most reputable iGaming jurisdictions in the world and this has led to a flurry of related industries springing up around the country. Fintech, IT, financial services, private banking, web and software development, specialist marketing agencies- these businesses continue to flourish and grow at an exponential rate.

Malta is making waves

But now, in 2018 there is a new industry that is making significant waves on this small, Mediterranean island. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain seem to have come out of nowhere and are taking the world by storm, infiltrating every industry imaginable and offering previously unheard of solutions to the business world’s most pertinent problems. From elections to logistics, healthcare to real estate, and even crypto vending machines that dispense beer. No stone appears unturned when it comes to exploring the potential of this technology. But where does Malta fit in?

Earlier this year, the Maltese government announced three new bills that when enforced, would seek to regulate and provide legal clarity to the cryptocurrency, ICO, and blockchain industries. Whilst some jurisdictions have chosen to legislate in such a way that these burgeoning sectors have been crippled and stifled, Malta chose a different approach. Realising the potential that exists in this area, as well as acknowledging the need to provide surety and confidence to all stakeholders, they came up with a solution.

A source of inspiration

Not only is Malta set to become the only country in the world that is legislating in support of the sector, it is also expected that their legal framework will inspire and influence other countries to follow suit. Like Malta did with iGaming- instead of outlawing and forbidding such business activities, they seized the opportunity to regulate and encourage the industry and were able to reap substantial rewards as a result. Subsequently, the iGaming industry now contributed 2% of the annual GDP and it is expected that cryptocurrency will follow in its rather large footsteps.

Not only does Malta offer regulatory surety when it comes to crypto and related industries, but it also offers a welcoming business environment complete with fiscal incentives, over 70 double taxation treaties, and a highly educated, digitally savvy, multi-lingual pool of talent. Asides from the 3000+ hours of sunshine it benefits from every year, it offers an unparalleled quality of life, extensive networking opportunities and it’s become an extremely attractive jurisdiction for start-ups and established businesses.

Binance believes in Malta

In March 2018, Zhao Changpeng CEO of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange platform Binance announced that the company would be moving its operations to Malta. As well as serving as an incredible vote of confidence for the EU nation, it also sparked the interest of many other established, international brands.

Malta makes sense for cryptocurrency and blockchain businesses as it has every ingredient that the industry needs to grow and succeed. As a jurisdiction, it offers regulatory surety, governmental support, complementary businesses and service providers, as well as an abundance of innovative individuals and entrepreneurs who flock here to enjoy the plentiful business opportunities and high standard of living. When you combine these things together, it is not hard to see why Malta is fast becoming the hub of the crypto and blockchain world.

 

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Malta – at the centre of the Distributed Ledger Technology

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Malta – at the centre of the Distributed Ledger Technology

In the light of the new blockchain laws presented by the government of Malta, many fintech organisations praised the government’s progressive approach to these set regulations. The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprises and Industry organised an interesting and detailed conference titled; ‘Blockchain: The New Regulatory Framework.’ E&S Group employees attended this conference to understand more about the three laws soon to be in force.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, Hon. Silvio Schembri opened up the panel. He spoke about how Malta is becoming a Blockchain Island soon implementing laws that will ensure a safe crypto market on the island. Various influential people coming from various financial sectors spoke about the importance of blockchain technology. The discussion revolved around how the laws will help Malta in the sphere and being a trailblazer in the industry.

Many stakeholders coming from various industries in particular finance, legal, and IT attended the conference. Many interesting points came up during the discussions which brought about how private institutions are reacting to Malta’s DLT shift. In fact, some Maltese banks are welcoming ICOs as their clients. A bank, in particular, AgriBank has started to open up bank accounts to ICO clients. However, they have not started to accept cryptocurrency trading as it is still a bit of a grey area. Strict due diligence procedures also need to be followed by MLRO, making sure that all necessary AML procedures are in place. In addition, an MFSA representative spoke about the Financial Instrument test, VFA agents need to adhere to, presenting their final findings to the authority.

Since the industry is still in its initial stages, AML procedures need to be processed. In fact, the FIAU will have an important role to safeguard Malta’s reputation, seizing fraudulent companies from operating in Malta.

 

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Malta – the home of crypto

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Malta – the home of crypto

The island of Malta has steadily been building its reputation as a leading jurisdiction for blockchain and cryptocurrency markets. As a result, the Maltese government has positioned itself attracting future blockchain based investment to the island.

Lagarde speaks in favour of cryptocurrencies

Last May, three laws regulating various aspects of the blockchain industry passed through the Maltese parliament. This positive approach towards cryptocurrencies was also met by Christine Lagarde. In a blog post, the head of the International Monetary Fund affirmed the global benefits of cryptocurrencies. She also stated that cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin could pave the way for fast and inexpensive transactions. Moreover, the blockchain technology could make financial markets safer and more transparent.

Upon the publication of Ms Lagarde’s comments, the price of Bitcoin registered a rise. Although, it is not clear if these gains are directly related.

“Just as a few technologies that emerged from the dot-com era have transformed our lives, the crypto assets that survive could have a significant impact on how we save, invest and pay our bills,” Ms Lagarde wrote in her blog post.

In her blog post, Ms Lagrade repeated comments she made to the Bank of England last year. She had called for a more even-handed approach towards regulation. This would eventually lead towards regulating such currencies, eliminating exploitation of benefits whilst minimising associated risks.

A flexible framework

Malta’s proposed acts that are soon coming to force, are to provide a flexible framework to entrepreneurs. These laws are to provide substantial growth and development to the sector. It also offers protection for who is investing in it.

A further boost for the island was the announcement that the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance. This world-renowned company stated that its move to Malta was reached due to its “very progressive [approach] when it comes to crypto and fintech”. Another company Bitbay has also announced its intentions to relocate to Malta after extensive fact-finding on the perfect EU jurisdiction.

The future of money

PM Joseph Muscat has stated that he believes cryptocurrencies are “the inevitable future of money”. Moreover, they will be an integral part of a new economy in the future. In the short term, the move of several established crypto businesses to Malta is set to create hundreds of new jobs. The new set of laws that will be coming into force in due course are set to offer the broadest set of regulations for the industry. The three acts will provide regulatory clarity to brokerages, exchanges, asset managers, and traders amongst others.

 

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Crypto-giants Binance opens a bank account in Malta

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Crypto-giants Binance opens a bank account in Malta

In May 2018, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, announced that it would be opening offices in Malta. The reason for their move was due to tighter restrictions on cryptocurrency activity in Japan and the fact that the Maltese government was legislating in favour of the cryptocurrency industry.

 Crypto-Euro trading pairs

In an interview given last week, CEO of Binance, Changpeng Zhao announced that they had successfully opened a bank account in Malta to enable them to conduct business. This also coincided with the news that Binance would soon offer crypto-Euro trading pairs on their exchange. This news reinforces Malta’s position as a leading jurisdiction for cryptocurrency related businesses and it is expected that other service providers will soon follow suit.

Banks have been traditionally wary of businesses that are operating in the cryptocurrency sphere, so Binance’s latest achievement is a big success as well as a significant step forward. It is hoped that this recent development will mark the beginning of a period of understanding and mutually beneficial assistance between local banks and those wishing to engage in the cryptocurrency field.

The bank that Mr Zhao used to open the account and any details on the type of account opened have remained confidential at this stage. However, many believe that other Maltese banks will address their own policies in light of the news.

The Blockchain Island

Malta has been touted as the ‘blockchain island’ and as well as Binance. Other companies such as Okex, BitPay, and DQR have all announced their intentions to call the EU Member State home.

Whilst Malta has announced three new bills that will come into force in due course, setting up a cryptocurrency business on the island still requires a high level of sector and local know-how. At E&S, our team of legal experts, accountants, business consultant, and finance specialists- all with considerable experience in the field- are on hand to guide clients through the process from A-Z.

E&S offers a full portfolio of services such as company incorporation and formation, investment service licenses, company management, and of course, setting up the right bank for you and your businesses needs. We also offer advisory services to ICOs. To find out more, contact us at [email protected] or by calling us on +356 2010 3020.

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