European Crypto Firms Brace for Higher Costs as AMLD5 Takes Effect
A strict new regulatory regime is dawning upon European firms handling cryptocurrency. Here’s what AMLD5 will mean for the industry.
Dutch crypto companies must register with the Netherlands’ central bank by May 18 or cease operations immediately as the country enforces new anti-money laundering regulations required by the European Union.
The announced closure of one-man bitcoin startup Bittr may be the first of many in the Netherlands as contentious new AMLD5 regulations come into effect.
Spain is finally getting around to amending its AML laws six months after the EU deadline for compliance. The public comment period on that amendment ends today.
In its latest guidance released in January, the regulator said firms already custodying digital assets for Germans would not be penalized for not having a license. Instead, they’d be grandfathered into the same protection that crypto custody firms based in Germany already have under the new law.
Blair Halliday becomes chief compliance officer for the U.K. and Europe at Gemini as the EU's Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD5) goes into effect.