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On 7 January 2021 HM Treasury (HMT) published consultation and call for evidence on the regulatory approach to cryptoassets and stablecoins. The consultation represents the first stage in HMT’s consultative process on the broader regulatory approach to cryptoassets and stablecoins. The consultation closes on 21 March 2021. Our crypto regulatory experts have published a briefing in which we explore the policy background underlying the consultation, set out the key points of HMT’s proposals, and provide a comparison to corresponding provisions in the European Commission’s recent proposal on a regulatory framework for cryptoassets.

On 20 July 2020, HM Treasury published a consultation paper proposing to bring the promotion of certain types of cryptoasset within scope of the financial promotions restriction. The proposed changes, together with those proposed in the Treasury’s parallel consultation on the financial promotions approval regime would result in a significant expansion of the scope of the financial promotions regime.