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UAE’s regulatory authorities stated all unlicensed Virtual Service Providers (VASPs) companies will face significant civil penalties and criminal charges.
The UAE’s money laundering governing bodies, the National Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism and Financing of Illegal Organisations Committee (NAMLCFTC), collaborate with the UAE’s central bank and other regulatory authorities to issue guidance for VASPs’ platforms registration to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. The NAMLCFTC is primarily behind all the regulations implemented against AML/CFT in the UAE. The latest crypto registration guidelines will enforce hefty fines and jurisdictions against illegal companies, extending to the Ultimate Beneficial Owners (UBOs) and senior management of the crypto firms.
Furthermore, they also asserted other financial institutes, such as banks and insurance companies that deal with unregistered VASPs, will also face enforcement actions. The Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) took action against all the VASPs that failed to comply with these strict guidelines. Over 1000 crypto firms registered themselves in the VARA to comply with these latest obligations to defend their company from penalisations. Overall, the UAE government has taken various rigid steps to regulate crypto firms and fight against financial crimes through virtual assets. VARA has also implemented warnings, fines, threats, and enforcement notices against companies operating without a licence in the UAE.
The UAE provides licence choices for various cryptocurrency enterprises, such as asset managers, custodians, broker-dealers, OTC platforms, and exchanges. UAE also offers significant benefits to all registered crypto firms, including regulatory stability, entry to a top-tier ecosystem, and transacting with institutional players favouring working with licensed VASPs. On the other hand, unlicensed crypto firms cannot operate in the region and use any financial services. Getting the appropriate licences for their business is now more crucial than ever for VASPs, given the developments in the industry and regulations.
The UAE’s forward-thinking approach to VASP regulation has made the region a major global hub for the industry. Leading international firms, including the best cryptocurrency exchanges and established financial institutions expanding into virtual asset goods and services, now call the United Arab Emirates headquarters. Licensed VASPs will gain a great deal from this environment.