Gibraltar updates DLT framework to comply with FATF rules


The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) has updated its regulations governing the operation of distributed ledger technology (DLT) providers to include the latest Financial Action Task Force (FATF) rules. 

The GFSC said this is in response to blockchain’s fast-moving nature, especially as the agency seeks to support companies while protecting consumers.

The updated guidance notes includes the latest FATF recommendations around virtual asset service providers (VASP) and the ‘Travel Rule,’ which requires VASPs to collect and transfer customer information in transactions. GFSC recommends considering “virtual assets as ‘property,’ ‘proceeds,’ ‘funds,’ ‘funds or other assets,’ or other ‘corresponding value.’”

Under GFSC’s guidance, VASPs are required to capture and maintain “robust and accurate records of transactions.” Companies must also update potential investors and customers on risks around virtual assets and require additional factors or onboarding tests.

Gibraltar Minister for Digital and Financial Services Albert Isola said the updated guidance brings the territory closer to meeting evolving global regulations:

“The release of the updated Guidance Notes is another important step forward in the development of the DLT Providers Regulatory framework that has proved so successful to date. It is also a significant milestone in the evolution of our regulations as we embark on the road to achieve ongoing FATF compliance. My thanks go to all parties involved in delivery of these updates.”  

The consultation process began last November and included the GFSC, the Gibraltar Association for New Technologies, and DLT provider licensees.

According to GFSC, the number of licensed DLT firms in the territory has reached 13 firms, including eToro, Huobi, Xapo, LMAX, Bitso, and Gnosis. 

Gibraltar has been hailed as a leader in the crypto industry for its openness and regulatory advances around crypto. It’s even been called the next crypto hotspot.

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