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QCP receives In-Principle Approval in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

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First digital assets market maker and broker-dealer from Singapore to achieve an In-Principle Approval from the FSRA

SINGAPORE, May 7, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — QCP, a global institutional digital assets company, today announced that they have received In-Principle Approval from the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) to conduct regulated activities. The decision to make a move into this strategic market for the company’s footprint was in anticipation that the Middle East is going to become a dominant global hub for capital flowing into traditional and digital assets.

The IPA marks a significant milestone in QCP’s journey and commitment towards becoming a regulated digital assets business. A major reason QCP has chosen ADGM as a base for its expansion is that the FSRA exists as the first regulator globally to introduce and implement a comprehensive and bespoke regulatory framework for the regulation of exchanges, custodians, brokers, and other intermediaries engaged in virtual asset activities. The progressiveness in the last few years has also created a strong foundation for institutions like QCP to enter.

Founded in 2017, in the early days of the rise of digital assets, QCP is a pioneer in a rapidly growing segment. It is one of the largest trading desks in the world for digital asset derivatives and a provider of trading solutions and structured strategies. Ernst & Young finds that as of September 2023, the monthly volume of crypto derivatives stands at US$1.33 trillion, which is nearly four times the size of the crypto spot market. With most of the crypto derivative market currently existing outside the US, Abu Dhabi and the UAE have a lot of potential to capture this market segment. 

In addition, with notable financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs and Brevan Howard launching in Abu Dhabi last year, Abu Dhabi is rapidly attracting its target segment of clients including family offices, traditional and crypto native macro hedge funds, high net worth individuals, blockchain protocols, VC funds, brokerages and more. QCP also previously announced a partnership with Further Ventures, which is reflective of how the company plans to meet the demand for financial and derivatives digital asset offerings in the market.

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Melvin Deng, CEO, QCP said, “The IPA is a significant development for us and advances our goal of embracing greater regulation. We are committed to meeting ADGM’s transparent and high standards of regulatory compliance. Our intention is to be a responsible player that wants to support market confidence.  We are proud to be the first Singaporean digital asset market maker and broker-dealer to set up here in the market and hope we can encourage others to venture into this dynamic market.  We want to learn from what other players are doing in Abu Dhabi and the region and bring our expertise as a first mover in digital assets to the ecosystem.” 

Arvind Ramamurthy, Chief of Market Development at ADGM said, “We congratulate QCP on receiving its IPA from ADGM and welcome them to Abu Dhabi’s thriving international financial centre. With a leading trading desk and digital asset capabilities, we look forward to QCP’s integration into ADGM’s ecosystem, which will streamline regional opportunities. As the digital assets landscape continues to evolve in the Middle East, we anticipate more companies like QCP to recognise the progressive and comprehensive nature of ADGM’s regulatory frameworks, fostering confidence in choosing Abu Dhabi as their regional base.”

QCP will continue to have its main company headquarters in Singapore while leveraging on Abu Dhabi as a base to break new ground and drive innovation. It is well positioned to expand on the back of strong business growth, with a 64 % Y-o-Y increase in Q1 trading volumes. In line with QCP’s long term commitment to the UAE, subject to the regulatory approval for the grant of the FSP, the company plans on making further investments to invest in their presence in the UAE.

About QCP

Established in 2017, QCP is one of the first digital asset trading firms in Singapore, with a vision to partner the next generation of investors to unlock institutional opportunities in digital assets.

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QCP brings to clients deep expertise gained from thriving through multiple market cycles. A global market maker in digital asset derivatives with a vast network of liquidity providers and counterparties, we are shaping the future of digital asset markets through greater access and efficiency. We offer a range of tailored derivatives and spot trading as well as structured solutions to institutional, professional and accredited investors.

An active early-stage investor in crypto and blockchain, QCP’s portfolio includes core trading infrastructure, exchanges, data and token ecosystems. QCP is supported by over 70 professionals in trading, business development, operations, risk and compliance teams. QCP is headquartered in Singapore.

QCP’s insights cover weekly trading updates, monthly and quarterly views, and can be accessed on our official social platforms such as Telegram, Twitter, LinkedIn and more.

More information can be found at www.qcpgroup.com.

 

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Brazil to Tighten Regulation on Foreign Crypto Exchanges

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Brazil’s Receita Federal Increases Scrutiny on Foreign Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Brazil’s tax authority, Receita Federal, plans to intensify its oversight of foreign cryptocurrency exchanges operating within the country. This move aims to enhance regulation and transparency amid the rising use of digital assets in Latin America’s largest economy.

New Reporting Requirements for International Platforms
Recent reports indicate that Receita Federal will soon issue an order requiring international cryptocurrency platforms, including Binance and Coinbase, to provide detailed operational data and information on their partnerships with local service providers.

Government’s Regulatory Focus
Andrea Chaves, Deputy Secretary of Inspection at the Federal Revenue Service, emphasized the importance of this measure. “It’s crucial for us to understand how they operate here and ensure there’s no illegality,” she stated. The government aims to ensure compliance with tax laws and confirm that services provided to Brazilian customers are fully legal.

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Wagner Lima, a risk management coordinator at Receita Federal, underscored the need to review collaborations between foreign exchanges and local service providers. This review ensures compliance with a 2019 regulation that mandates information sharing.

Rise in Crypto Asset Declarations
This decision comes in response to a significant increase in crypto asset declarations by Brazilians. From January to July 2023, Brazilians declared 133.6 billion reais ($24.6 billion) in crypto assets, marking a 36.6% increase from the previous year. Notably, 14.5 billion reais were declared through foreign exchanges, representing a 51.2% growth.

Upcoming Order Details
The forthcoming order will require exchanges to disclose their operational methods and customer service practices in Brazil. However, it will exclude customer-specific data and transactional information to comply with current Brazilian laws.

Future Regulatory Framework
Brazilian authorities are also working on developing a clear framework for digital currencies and their legal status, expected to be introduced by mid-2024. This framework aims to organize both local and foreign exchanges operating within Brazil, ensuring their compliance with local laws and regulatory requirements.

Source: cryptotimes.io

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Financial Institution NAB Embraces Crypto Custody Solution

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National Australia Bank Invests in Crypto Custody Firm Zodia Custody

National Australia Bank (NAB), a prominent financial institution, has taken a significant step into the cryptocurrency custody arena. Instead of creating its own digital currency, NAB Ventures has opted to invest in Zodia Custody, a London-based firm specializing in the secure storage of digital assets for institutional clients.

Strategic Shift and Industry Alignment
This investment marks a strategic shift for NAB, aligning itself with global financial leaders like Standard Chartered, Northern Trust, and SBI Holdings, who have already acknowledged the importance of safeguarding digital assets for investors. By partnering with Zodia Custody, NAB showcases a forward-thinking approach, choosing collaboration over direct competition with established players like Coinbase.

Commitment to Innovation
The decision to invest in Zodia Custody reflects NAB’s commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions to its institutional clients while leveraging the potential of the crypto market. This move positions NAB as a key ally for institutional investors seeking secure and regulated infrastructure to navigate the complexities of digital asset storage and management.

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Additional Insights
One significant aspect not highlighted in the initial report is that NAB’s engagement with a crypto custody solution underscores the growing demand from institutional investors for secure and regulated infrastructure to enter the crypto space.

Key Questions
1. How will NAB’s partnership with Zodia Custody impact its overall financial services and competitive position in the market?
2. What regulatory challenges and compliance requirements does NAB face by entering the crypto custody space?
3. How does NAB plan to address security concerns related to the storage of digital assets for its institutional clients?
4. What are the potential risks and rewards for NAB as it ventures into the crypto custody sector?

Key Challenges
NAB may encounter several challenges, including regulatory compliance issues, cybersecurity risks, market volatility of crypto assets, competition from existing players in the space, and the need to build trust among institutional clients for their crypto custody services.

Advantages
1. Access to a Growing Market: Entry into the rapidly expanding crypto market and potential new revenue streams.
2. Strengthened Partnerships: Enhanced relationships with global leaders in the crypto custody sector.
3. Diversification: Broadening service offerings to meet the evolving needs of institutional clients.

Disadvantages
1. Regulatory Scrutiny: Increased regulatory oversight and compliance costs.
2. Market Volatility: Exposure to the highly volatile nature of crypto assets.
3. Reputation Risk: Potential damage to reputation if security breaches or operational issues occur in the custody of digital assets.

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Source: smartphonemagazine.nl

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Brazil Tax Department to Scrutinize Foreign Crypto Exchange Operations

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Brazil to Enhance Scrutiny on Foreign Crypto Exchanges

Brazil’s Receita Federal is set to intensify oversight of foreign digital asset exchanges operating within the country, aiming to strengthen regulation and transparency in this rapidly growing sector. The national tax authority plans to collect operational data from platforms such as Binance, Coinbase, and Kraken, despite the absence of a comprehensive regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies in Brazil.

Tightened Oversight on Foreign Crypto Exchanges
As digital asset popularity surges in Brazil, the government is taking steps to understand and regulate the activities of international cryptocurrency exchanges. A mandate, expected to be issued this week, will require these platforms to disclose their operational methodologies and customer service practices within the region. The focus of Brazilian tax authorities is to ensure compliance with local tax laws and anti-money laundering regulations.

Surge in Digital Asset Usage
The decision comes amidst a significant increase in digital asset usage in Brazil, with reported crypto holdings by Brazilians reaching 133.6 billion reais ($24.6 billion) from January to July 2023—a 36.6% increase from the previous year. This heightened scrutiny is vital as the government pushes for greater transparency while still developing a concrete regulatory framework, expected to be proposed by the end of 2024.

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Receita Federal to Audit International Crypto Platforms
Andrea Chaves, Deputy Secretary of Inspection at the Receita Federal, emphasized the importance of this initiative. The government aims to ensure that these exchanges comply with tax obligations and do not engage in illegal activities. Additionally, they seek to confirm that services offered to Brazilian customers are fully legal, addressing concerns that some platforms might bypass local regulations, leading to unreported revenue and facilitating illicit financial flows.

Wagner Lima, a risk management coordinator at the Revenue Service, highlighted the need to examine partnerships between foreign exchanges and local service providers. This scrutiny ensures adherence to a 2019 regulation mandating information sharing, crucial for maintaining the integrity of Brazil’s financial systems.

Upcoming Ordinance Requirements
The forthcoming ordinance will require exchanges to provide detailed information about their operations, excluding customer-specific data and transactional details to comply with current Brazilian laws. The 51.2% increase in declared holdings through foreign exchanges from the previous year underscores the growing importance of these platforms in the local market.

Source: coingape.com

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