Webinar: New EU regulation of crypto assets (MiCA)
25 November 2020
This webinar covers the scope and content of MiCA, and discusses some of the issues that it raises and on which market players may wish to engage with the relevant EU bodies.
The EU is proposing a far reaching regulatory regime for crypto assets, which will bring many crypto players within regulation for the first time. The draft MiCA Regulation introduces a licensing regime for crypto issuers and other service providers (for example, crypto exchanges, trading platforms and custodians/wallet providers), in relation to a very wide range of crypto assets, including bitcoin, ether, utility tokens, e-money tokens and asset-referenced tokens. It also introduces a variety of other regulatory requirements, including on white papers and market abuse. MiCA raises a number of significant issues, including an apparent appetite to apply heavier regulation to crypto assets than to equivalent instruments (such as e-money) off the block chain.