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Cryptocurrency after the European Union’s MiCA regulation

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The Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCA) represents a pivotal moment in the European Union’s efforts to regulate the rapidly evolving crypto market. Its timeline and provisions are critical for both crypto businesses and investors. Key dates include the application of stablecoin provisions starting from June 30, 2024, and the full implementation of MiCA on December 30, 2024, marking a transformative phase for the crypto landscape.

MiCA’s staggered timelines and transitional periods, extending up to June 30, 2026, indicate a fragmented implementation across the EU and European Economic Area (EEA). Countries like Ireland, Spain, and Germany will offer a 12-month transitional period, while others, such as France, will allow 18 months. Lithuania, however, may only grant a five-month period. This phase is likely to drive market consolidation as not all service providers will secure MiCA licenses, prompting some to capitalize on the interim period before winding down operations.

The competition among EU/EEA jurisdictions to become the leading hub for crypto activities is intensifying, with France, Malta, and Ireland vying for the top spot. However, the readiness and compliance of regulators pose significant challenges. Regulators need time to upskill their staff to handle MiCA applications, especially in regions with high applicant volumes. The complexity of various business models, including numerous products unfamiliar to regulators, further complicates this task. Substantial training efforts are required to authorize and supervise this sector effectively.

MiCA, along with related Level-2 measures and other applicable EU instruments such as anti-money laundering laws, the Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA), and the Electronic Money Directive (EMD), creates a complex regulatory framework. Understanding the specific provisions and required documentation for each entity type will be challenging for some. The delisting of crypto-assets, particularly stablecoins, from EU exchanges due to issuers’ failure to obtain licenses on time will pose significant hurdles and limit asset availability for consumers.

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Adapting to MiCA will strain many entities, necessitating substantial investments in technological infrastructure. The Travel Rule, which requires information sharing between VASPs with each crypto transaction, will also come into effect alongside MiCA. This rule mandates CASPs to transfer detailed information about the originator, including their address, personal identification number, and customer identification number. In rare cases, it may even require disclosing the originator’s date and place of birth, adding another layer of complexity. This highlights the need for harmonization within the EU and solutions for complying with the Travel Rule that enable secure data sharing while preserving user privacy.

Despite these challenges, MiCA instills confidence in EU entities through heightened regulatory oversight, promoting investor protection and attracting mainstream institutional participation. Enhanced consumer protection measures mitigate risks such as fraud and hacking, fostering trust among retail clients. MiCA’s reporting requirements will provide regulators across the EU with more data, empowering them to monitor market activities effectively. The ability to freely passport activities across the EU will facilitate cross-border operations, reduce regulatory fragmentation, and expand market reach.

MiCA’s comprehensive regime sets a precedent for global regulatory frameworks. Other jurisdictions are already observing and may replicate some of MiCA’s provisions and approach, contributing to regulatory harmonization on a worldwide scale. However, concerns remain about whether MiCA will stifle growth and innovation, prompting businesses to relocate to more permissive jurisdictions.

MiCA’s gaps in regulating emerging areas like true DeFi, lending, and NFTs necessitate ongoing policy discussions and further regulatory measures. Future reports on these aspects will inform regulatory developments, potentially leading to a second iteration of MiCA in the next four to five years or supplementary measures.

MiCA signals a new era of regulation in the crypto market, aiming to balance innovation with investor protection and market integrity. While challenges persist, MiCA lays the groundwork for a more transparent, secure, and inclusive crypto framework in the EU and beyond. As the crypto landscape continues to evolve, regulatory regimes must adapt to emerging trends and technologies, ensuring sustainable growth and fostering investor confidence.

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RAK DAO Partners with Phoenix Group PLC (PHX) and Internet of People (IOPn) to Commit $100 Million Investment to Boost Web3 Innovation in Ras al Khaimah

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Phoenix Group PLC and IOPn commit to investing $100 million to drive innovation and attract top Web3 talent to Ras al Khaimah by 2030.

This partnership aims to create a thriving ecosystem for blockchain and digital assets in the region.

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RAK DAO, the world’s first and only Free Zone with Common Law features established to support digital assets companies, has entered into a strategic partnership with Phoenix Group and IOPn. This collaboration aims to drive innovation, foster economic growth, and further position Ras al Khaimah as a global hub for Web3 pioneers. Phoenix Group, an ADX-listed company, is a leader in web3 development in the UAE. IOPn is an integrated Web3 ecosystem that leverages blockchain, AI, and cutting-edge spatial computing.

As part of the partnership, Phoenix Group and IOPn have committed to investing $100 million into the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah by 2030 leveraging RAK DAO’s infrastructure. This substantial investment underscores Phoenix Group and IOPn’s dedication to stimulating innovation and attracting top-tier professionals to the region within the Web3 space. The partnership seeks to target, encourage and attract highly-skilled individuals in Web3, crypto, blockchain, and developer domains to the region. Phoenix Group and IOPn aim to enrich the local talent pool by leveraging initiatives such as the Golden Visa programs and RAK DAO business licenses through investment. By nurturing top-tier talent, RAK DAO, Phoenix Group and IOPn seek to create a thriving ecosystem that harnesses cutting-edge technologies – including blockchain, spatial, and cognitive solutions for economic development and sustainability.

Dr. Sameer Al Ansari, CEO of RAK DAO has expressed, “We are thrilled to welcome Phoenix Group and IOPn as RAK DAO’s Ecosystem Partners. The $100 million investment marks a significant milestone in our mission to establish Ras al Khaimah as a premier destination for Web3 innovation and talent. By leveraging Phoenix Group and IOPn’s expertise and resources, we are poised to further enrich our dynamic ecosystem that fosters cutting-edge technologies and attracts the brightest minds in the blockchain and digital asset sectors.

This collaboration underscores our commitment to driving economic growth and sustainability through technological advancements. We look forward to welcoming top-tier professionals and pioneering initiatives that will redefine the digital landscape of Ras al Khaimah.”

Mr. Seyed Mohammad Alizadehfard (Bijan), Co-founder & Group CEO of Phoenix Group, elaborated on the new strategic dimensions of the partnership, stating, “Our joint venture marks a pivotal expansion of our commitment to blockchain infrastructure aimed at enhancing the technological landscape in Ras al Khaimah. Our partnership will not only drive innovation but also strategically position the Emirate as a leading center for blockchain excellence globally.”

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Mr. Mojtaba Asadian, Founder and CEO of IOPn, added: “IOPn builds on the visionary leadership of Ras Al Khaimah and the supporting environment created by RAK DAO to provide a unique opportunity for top-rated world talent to innovate and create value. IOPn is doing this by offering a powerful new Web 3.0 ecosystem and using the significant proven capabilities of Phoenix Group. We’re thrilled to be embarking upon this partnership with RAK DAO in collaboration with Phoenix Group.”

At the heart of this collaboration lies a commitment to access and nurture top-tier talent within the blockchain and Web3 industries. By enriching the local talent pool and fostering an environment conducive to innovation, RAK DAO, Phoenix Group and IOPN aim to drive forward-thinking initiatives that redefine the landscape and highlight the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah as an attractive destination for top talent. This six-year partnership and substantial investment underscore their dedication to stimulating innovation and attracting top-tier professionals.

 

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xPortal Enhances Solana Crypto-to-Cash Experience with New Ecosystem Integrations

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 xPortal, the ultimate financial super app for everything money, developed by the MultiversX team, is thrilled to announce significant enhancements to its platform, aimed at elevating the Solana ecosystem experience for both new and existing users.

These updates include the ability to top up xPortal Debit Cards with SOL, the listing of numerous SPL tokens, and the integration of leading SOL dApps in xPortal’s Discover section, the app’s multi-chain dApp hub. This development further cements xPortal’s role as a unique bridge between the digital and physical worlds, facilitating seamless transitions from crypto to cash for holders of top cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), MultiversX (EGLD), Solana (SOL), and Polygon (MATIC).

Starting today, xPortal users can effortlessly top-up their xPortal Debit Cards with their SOL holdings. This new feature allows Solana enthusiasts to use their crypto for shopping easily and manage their finances quickly, making it simpler than ever to transition from digital assets to real-world spending power.

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Additionally, xPortal now supports over 20 Solana-based SPL tokens, providing users with expanded opportunities to manage and interact with their favorite Solana assets. The new tokens available on xPortal include $PYTH, $IO, $JTO, $WIF, $BONK, $JUP, $RAY, $BOME, $HNT, $POPCAT, $BEER, $USDT, $USDC, $LINK, $LDO, $FTM, $RPL, $SUSHI, $DADDY, and $BODEN. This extensive list ensures that users can now enjoy a comprehensive Solana experience directly from the xPortal app, with more tokens being activated weekly.

The xPortal Discover section has also been enhanced with the addition of top-tier Solana decentralized applications (dApps). Users can now explore and interact with premier Solana dApps, including Jupiter Exchange, Raydium Protocol, and Kamino Finance.

Sergiu Biris, Head of Product at MultiversX and xPortal Lead, commented on the update: “These latest developments are a testament to our dedication to providing a complete experience for our users and represent a significant step forward in our mission to bring blockchain technology into the mainstream and make crypto payments the norm.”

“We’ve spent considerable time equipping xPortal with a unique set of features that make it stand out: unmatched simplicity and ease of use, beautifully abstracted complexity, the ability to bridge physical and digital realms, and many others. We’re excited to make access to all these features ecosystem-agnostic,” Biris added.

 

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ChainSwap Adds BNB Chain to Their Decentralised Exchange

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ChainSwap, a multi-chain decentralized exchange (DEX), has integrated BNB Chain into its platform, adding to its growing list of supported networks. The new integration will enable users to conduct transactions on the BNB network, with plans for cross-chain transactions in the near future.

The incorporation of BNB Chain has seen ChainSwap continue to expand its multi-chain DEX, cementing its commitment to provide users with a secure platform for seamless cross-chain transactions. This is enabled by Chainlink’s Cross-Chain Interoperability Protocol (CCIP), delivering unparalleled security and privacy for transactions taking place on the platform.

Fitzy, Founder and CEO of ChainSwap, was emphatic on the importance of the new integration: “Integrating the BNB chain on our network will help our users navigate Web 3 space, and plays into our mission of growing, and becoming increasingly interoperable”.

With plans to enable cross-chain transactions between BNB Chain and other leading blockchain networks, ChainSwap aims to further expand the utility of its seamless cross-chain transactions for users.

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