New ‘crypto token regime’ instituted at the Dubai International Financial Centre


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The Dubai Monetary Companies Authority (DFSA) introduced on Nov. 1 that its crypto token regime has come into drive within the Dubai Worldwide Monetary Centre (DIFC) particular financial zone, with a six-month transition interval. The brand new regime is the DFSA’s second spherical of laws, constructing on the “Regulation of Funding Tokens” launched on the DIFC in October 2021.

Crypto tokens are understood to be any token apart from the beforehand outlined funding tokens, except utility tokens, nonfungible tokens, central financial institution digital currencies, privateness tokens and algorithmic tokens. Tokens should be acknowledged by the DFSA for use within the DIFC, following a longtime utility course of. Stablecoins, or “fiat crypto tokens,” are topic to extra necessities.

The brand new regime addresses Anti-Cash Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism, in addition to shopper safety, market integrity, custody and monetary assets for service suppliers. The laws have been first described in a consultative paper in March. That paper underwent an in depth feedback course of.

DFSA chief government Ian Johnston mentioned:

“Our work to develop a complete Crypto Token regime has taken under consideration suggestions from a broad vary of stakeholders. It goals to strike a stability between encouraging innovation within the DIFC and defending the customers of those monetary merchandise.”

Established in 2004, the DIFC is house to over 4,000 corporations which might be topic to the middle’s personal authorized and court docket system and particular tax agreements. The DFSA regulates solely the DIFC.

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The Dubai Digital Asset Regulatory Authority was set up in March to supervise digital belongings in the remainder of the emirate, together with its different free commerce zones, such because the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre. It has licensed several crypto-related companies and opened a headquarters in The Sandbox metaverse world.