Virtual Financial Assets Regulations

MFSA publishes Virtual Financial Assets Rules for VFA agents

The MFSA has published further material with regards to the Virtual Financial Assets Regulations, which one can download through the following links:

Chapter 1 of the Virtual Financial Assets Rulebook: Virtual Financial Assets Rules for VFA Agents [ 1003 kb ]
Glossary of Terms [ 595 kb ]
Circular on the Competence Assessment of prospective VFA Agents. [ 462 kb ]

The publication of the rules applicable to VFA Agents follows two main consultations, namely
Consultation Paper on the Virtual Financial Assets Rules for VFA Agents [ 1146 kb ] issued on 12 July 2018
Consultation Paper on raising the bar for VFA Agents [ 474 kb ] issued on 4 September 2018


The rules place heavy emphasis on the level of competence that prospective VFA Agents are required to have, both in terms of the traditional financial services framework as well as the regulatory framework developed under the Virtual Financial Assets Act. The latter, together with the due diligence systems and controls in place to enable the prospective VFA Agents to conduct thorough and effective fitness and properness assessments on clients, will impinge heavily on whether an application for registration as VFA Agent is accepted by the MFSA or otherwise.

The MFSA shall be issuing further information and guidance on the application process applicable to persons wishing to seek registration as VFA Agents in early course.


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