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Maltese virtual currency and ICO regulation: The MFSA outlines its approach in discussion paper

The Malta Financial Services Authority’s (‘MFSA’) discussion paper on initial coin offerings (‘ICOs’), virtual currencies (‘VCs’) and related service providers (the ‘Paper’), released at the end of last year, has provided a sense of Malta’s approach to creating a new legislative framework in this nascent field. Malcolm Falzon, Partner at Camilleri Preziosi, discusses here the approach taken by the MFSA in its Paper, which would effectively see the regulation of certain VCs and activities associated thereto, and the difficulties of balancing regulation and innovation in this fast moving area.

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