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FTX Exchange FZE Receives Dubai’s First Virtual Asset Service Provider MVP Licence from the Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority

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FTX Exchange FZE announced that it has received approval to enter Dubai’s ‘Minimum Viable Product’ (MVP) programme for Virtual Assets under the world’s only specialist regime for this sector operated by the Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA). As a subsidiary of FTX Europe, FTX Exchange FZE (FTX) becomes the first Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) to receive this MVP licence to operate its Virtual Asset (VA) Exchange and Clearing House services in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Earlier this year, FTX became the first fully regulated Exchange to receive a provisional licence and ready itself to trial complex crypto derivatives dedicated to professional institutional investors in the UAE. Having successfully concluded VARA’s rigorous regulatory evaluation, it has now been fully approved to transition to an operational MVP licence, enabling the Company’s VA Exchange to deploy regulated crypto derivatives products, and trading services to Qualified Institutional Investors across the region. In addition, the VARA MVP Licence also grants FTX permission to act as a Clearing House, operate an NFT Marketplace, and provide Custodial Services under tightly prescribed parameters for specific class of consumers – assuring strong guardrails for market protection and economic security.

H.E. Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai World Trade Centre Authority that houses VARA said, “We are pleased to onboard FTX as the first VASP to enter the operational phase of the VARA MVP Programme. VARA’s operating model, based on our unique test-scale-adapt principle designed for secure and sustainable growth, is reflective of Dubai’s commitment to creating a globally interoperable model for the ‘future economy’. The MVP Phase, exclusive to select, responsible international players like FTX, will allow VARA to prudently structure guidelines and risk mitigation levers for secure commercial operations. We look forward to FTX’s active participation in this next stage of collaborative global VA innovation”.

FTX CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried, commented on the news, “The approval for FTX to receive the first MVP VASP licence from Dubai’s prudential supervision regime to fully operate our exchange is a tremendous honor and landmark achievement for our team. Our mission is to lead the way in growing the digital asset industry in countries and jurisdictions that possess a robust digital asset framework.”

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With VARA’s letter of approval, FTX FZE Exchange will operate under a model which has rigorous regulatory oversight and mandatory FATF compliance controls that are in line with the requirements of Tier 1 international financial markets.

Patrick Gruhn, Head of FTX Europe, adds, “Over the last several months, we at FTX Europe have been working alongside regulators to secure the first official VASP-MVP licence to operate in the UAE region. The approval from Dubai’s VARA is yet another milestone for FTX Europe, and we look forward to expanding our presence within the Dubai, UAE and MENA regions as a result.”

Mohammad Hans Dastmaltchi, Chairman of the Board of FTX Exchange FZE, adds, “We are honored to be the inaugural MVP licence holder of the esteemed VARA Ecosystem. We are grateful and obliged to have our operating licence. This would not have been possible without the progressive business environment in Dubai, the thorough and trustworthy regulatory guidelines provided by VARA, and the outstanding support from their team. We are motivated and committed to being a constructive and responsible participant in the VARA ecosystem and looking forward to growing and strengthening our regional office in Dubai“.

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Europe Tax Advisory Market Valuation Poised to Soar to USD 28.50 Billion By 2032 | Astute Analytica

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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.

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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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