Regulation of crypto currencies and ICOs — International comparison

Regulation of crypto currencies and ICOs — International comparison

Reg­u­la­tion of cryp­to cur­ren­cies and ICOs are high on the agen­da of gov­ern­ments and finan­cial super­vi­so­ry author­i­ties across Europe. Hard­ly any insti­tu­tion is cur­rent­ly not look­ing into how cryp­to cur­ren­cies and inno­v­a­tive forms of financ­ing such as ICOs and STOs should be legal­ly clas­si­fied or reg­u­lat­ed. How­ev­er, the approach­es and...

Getting ready for an ICO in Malta

Getting ready for an ICO in Malta

Hav­ing cho­sen Mal­ta as the place to set up an ICO giv­en all the reg­u­la­to­ry, lan­guage and the work­force tal­ent ben­e­fits asso­ci­at­ed with this juris­dic­tion, ICO busi­ness­es need to be aware that there are a num­ber of con­sid­er­a­tions which must be tak­en into account before the actu­al offer­ing of their...

Setting up a Crypto Exchange in Malta

Setting up a Crypto Exchange in Malta

Introduction. The pop­u­lar­i­ty of Cryp­to-Exchanges is on the rise. With more entre­pre­neurs will­ing to set up these plat­forms, it makes sense to analyse the impor­tant role Mal­ta [now ubiq­ui­tous­ly known as ‘Blockchain Island’] is play­ing in this new realm of inno­v­a­tive cryp­tocur­ren­cy-based ser­vices. Quite frankly, giv­en the per­ceived ‘high risk’...

MFSA Publishes Guidance Note Against Crypto Scams & Appoints First VFA Agents

MFSA Publishes Guidance Note Against Crypto Scams & Appoints First VFA Agents

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, there are scams and dubi­ous projects in the cryp­to world that try to rob investors of their hard earned mon­ey. Such fraud­u­lent schemes not only lead to the loss of investor assets, they also dam­age the blockchain and cryp­toscene. As Blockchain Island, Mal­ta enjoys an excel­lent rep­u­ta­tion as the...

Initial Coin Offering (ICO) vs. Security Token Offering (STO) in 2019

Initial Coin Offering (ICO) vs. Security Token Offering (STO) in 2019

The buzz­word for alter­na­tive fundrais­ing has been ICO for a “long time” —  “long” in rela­tion to the short lived tech­ni­cal world we are all work­ing in. In actu­al terms, the hype last­ed less than 2 years. There has been plen­ty of good and bad news around the ICO, very...

Blockchain & AI Summit Malta + Blockchain University Degree Malta

Blockchain & AI Summit Malta + Blockchain University Degree Malta

The Mal­ta Blockchain Sum­mit is com­ing back! On May 24th and 25th, the eyes of the Blockchain World will be eager­ly set on the sun­ny Mediter­ranean island of Mal­ta where the great­est names and author­i­ties of the Blockchain and Cryp­to world will gath­er and dis­cuss the future of this ground­break­ing...

MFSA Publishes Consultation Guide on Cybersecurity Regulations for Blockchain Companies and VFA Agents

MFSA Publishes Consultation Guide on Cybersecurity Regulations for Blockchain Companies and VFA Agents

Few indus­tries are more affect­ed by digi­ti­sa­tion than the finan­cial indus­try. This is par­tic­u­lar­ly evi­dent in Mal­ta in view of the many Fin­tech start-ups and, of course, the boom around the inno­v­a­tive blockchain tech­nol­o­gy. Accom­pa­ny­ing this is the cre­ation of vir­tu­al finan­cial assets and the pro­vi­sion of dig­i­tal finan­cial ser­vices...

Malta’s New Tech Authority: Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA)

Malta’s New Tech Authority: Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA)

The Mal­ta Dig­i­tal Inno­va­tion Author­i­ty (the “MDIA”) is reg­u­lat­ed by the Mal­ta Dig­i­tal Inno­va­tion Author­i­ty Act, Chap­ter 591 of the Laws of Mal­ta. It is an inde­pen­dent organ­i­sa­tion hav­ing dis­tinct legal per­son­al­i­ty and  com­plete auton­o­my from oth­er bodies/ per­sons. It was estab­lished to address the devel­op­ment of all Inno­v­a­tive Tech­nol­o­gy...

First Experience with Blockchain Law in Malta

First Experience with Blockchain Law in Malta

The ubiq­ui­tous term ‘Blockchain’ has been often used in a non­cha­lant man­ner yet clos­er scruti­ny is required to dis­sem­i­nate what exact­ly is meant by: ‘Blockchain Law’. To be both pre­cise and metic­u­lous at the same time, there is no such thing as a con­spic­u­ous­ly con­ceived statu­to­ry Blockchain frame­work. Instead, there...