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The Regulatory Blog is an informal and up to date news and information service of key regulatory developments in our jurisdictions: the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Cyprus and Luxembourg. We intend to include the latest financial services, anti-money laundering, sanctions and related developments within our remit.

Contributors

Aki Corsoni-Husain
Aki Corsoni-Husain
  • Aki Corsoni-Husain

  • Partner
  • Cyprus
George Apostolou
George Apostolou
  • George Apostolou

  • Partner
  • Cyprus
Chiara Deceglie
Chiara Deceglie
  • Chiara Deceglie

  • Partner
  • Luxembourg
Massimiliano della Zonca
Massimiliano della Zonca
  • Massimiliano della Zonca

  • Senior Associate
  • Luxembourg
Philip Graham
Philip Graham
  • Philip Graham

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Ayana Hull
Ayana Hull
  • Ayana Hull

  • Counsel
  • British Virgin Islands
Katerina Katsiami
Katerina Katsiami
  • Katerina Katsiami

  • Associate
  • Cyprus
Andrew Knight
Andrew Knight
  • Andrew Knight

  • Partner
  • Luxembourg
Joshua Mangeot
Joshua Mangeot
  • Joshua Mangeot

  • Counsel
  • British Virgin Islands
Mirza Manraj
Mirza Manraj
  • Mirza Manraj

  • Counsel
  • Hong Kong
Elina Mantrali
Mirza Manraj
  • Elina Mantrali

  • Associate
  • Cyprus
Vanessa Molloy
Vanessa Molloy
  • Vanessa Molloy

  • Partner
  • Luxembourg
Andrea Moundi Savvides
Andrea Moundi Savvides
  • Andrea Moundi Savvides

  • Consultant
  • Cyprus
Marina Stavrou
Marina Stavrou
  • Marina Stavrou

  • Associate
  • Cyprus
Matt Taber
Matt Taber
  • Matt Taber

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Carolynn Vivian
Carolynn Vivian
  • Carolynn Vivian

  • Counsel
  • Cayman Islands

CySEC’s new register for crypto-asset service providers

Further to the implementation of pan-EU requirements including crypto-asset service providers (CASPs) under the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD), Cyprus recently updated its definition of obliged entities under the Prevention and Suppression of Money Laundering Law 2007 (AML Law) to bring CASPs into scope.

Aki Corsoni-Husain, George Apostolou

Cyprus finally implements 5th AML Directive

On 18 February, the Cypriot Parliament approved the Prevention and Suppression of Money Laundering (Amendment) Law 2021 (the AML Amendment) bringing the Cypriot AML regime into line with its EU obligations by implementing the requirements of the EU’s Fifth Money Laundering Directive 2018/843 (5AMLD). Cyprus was legally obliged by the EU to have implemented 5AMLD by the directive’s deadline of 10 January 2020, so the transposition has been well overdue.

Aki Corsoni-Husain, Marina Stavrou,
Andrea Moundi Savvides

Cyprus regulator comments on new EU Sustainable Finance Disclosures Regulation

To recap the Sustainable Finance Disclosures Regulation (SFDR) came into force across the EU on 10 March 2021 and mandates that financial market participants such as asset managers and financial advisers are required to move capital towards more sustainable businesses. The SFDR forms part of a package of regulations on the Union’s Environmental, Social and Governance policy.

Aki Corsoni-Husain

CySEC launches a Brexit Information Hub

On 19 February 2020, the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) announced the launch of a Brexit Information Hub (accessible here) on its website, aiming to facilitate navigation of Brexit-related information and the compliance of interested parties with new legal obligations arising following the expiry of the transitional period of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Elina Mantrali

CySEC extends AML obligations

On 12 February 2021, the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) issued Circular 427 informing all interested parties that due to COVID-19 developments, the deadlines for the submission to CySEC of the (1) Internal Auditor’s Annual Report, (2) AMLCO’s Annual Report, and the (3) Form of the Monthly Prevention Statement provided in the AML/CFT Directive are extended.

Andrea Moundi Savvides

Update on the EU’s Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation

On 24 September 2020 the European Commission released a 168-page proposal for its long-anticipated pan-EU Markets in Cryptoassets (MiCA) Regulation. The MiCA Regulation forms part of the Commission’s Digital Finance Package, setting out new measures designed to support the development of distributed ledger technologies in the EU.

Aki Corsoni-Husain, Marina Stavrou,
Victor Le Pape