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MFSA Issues Guidelines to the Submission of the Statement of Source of Wealth and Source of Funds

On the 12 August 2022, the MFSA has issued a Circular to inform the financial services industry of the launch of a new standardised template (“Annex AX26: Source of Wealth and Source of funds self-declaration form”) to be used with immediate effect when submitting a statement of source of wealth and source of funds. The statement is to be submitted by all qualifying shareholders and Politically Exposed Persons as an attachment to their online Personal Questionnaire. The statement is to be filled in electronically and signed by the applicant. Disclaimer: This document does not purport to give legal, financial or…
Claudio Xerri
26th August 2022
FinTechMartha Chetcuti

Agreement Reached on Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCA)

On 30 June 2022, the Council of the European Union (EU) announced1 that the Council presidency and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the proposed markets in crypto-assets regulation (MiCA).  More details here.  The aim behind the proposed regulatory framework is to bring legal and regulatory certainty for crypto-asset operators across the EU.MiCA forms part of the Digital Finance Package proposed by the European Commission (EC) to fulfil its Digital Finance Strategy, which aims at developing a holistic approach across the EU to foster innovation, whilst ensuring financial stability and consumer protection. The Digital Finance Strategy sets out…
Martha Chetcuti
11th August 2022
FinTech

Applying for a Virtual Financial Asset Licence in order to Operate a Crypto-Exchange

Malta is the first country in the world to create and implement a fully comprehensive legal and regulatory framework for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. The stable system and forward approach that Malta offers creates the ideal setting to attract further investment. In fact, Malta has attracted some of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges who have relocated or set up offices on the island. The Maltese legal framework consists of three main pieces of legislation, namely:i. The Virtual Financial Assets Act (the "Act");ii. The Malta Digital Innovation Authority Act; &iii. The Innovative Technology Arrangements and Services Act.The most important and relevant…
MamoTCV
11th December 2019