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Crypto around the World covers cryptoasset regulations across various jurisdictions by answering 20 questions. Drawing on the global reach of our regulatory expertise at Baker McKenzie, this publication highlights developments and various approaches in Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) and cryptoassets regulation in EMEA, Asia Pacific, and the USA.

The Spanish Government recently issued a new royal-decree with the aim of protecting retail potential investors in digital financial instruments and assets (Royal Decree). This seeks to counter the increase of mass-market advertising campaigns in relation to the selling of crypto-assets, including bitcoin and other assets using Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) targeted at the Spanish market.

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced a ban on the sale of crypto-derivatives and exchange traded notes (ETNs) that reference certain types of crypto-assets (crypto-ETNs) to retail consumers. Firms who carry out marketing, distribution or selling activities in or from the UK of the relevant products to retail clients, will need to comply with these rules by 6 January 2021.