International Organization of Securities Commissions Reports on Risks and Regulatory Considerations for Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms
02/12/2020Following its consultation last year, the International Organization of Securities Commissions has published a report on the key issues and risks related to trading of crypto-assets on crypto-asset trading platforms (referred to as CTPs). The report aims to assist IOSCO member jurisdictions to assess the issues and risks relating to CTPs and sets out key considerations to be taken into account, including related toolkits for regulators. The considerations are: (i) access to CTPs; (ii) safeguarding assets; (iii) conflicts of interest; (iv) operations of CTPs; (v) market integrity; (vi) price discovery; and (vii) technology. IOSCO states that where a regulator has determined that a crypto-asset is a security, the provisions on securities trading and regulation apply. Some of the issues relating to securities trading may be enhanced when crypto-assets are traded on CTPs because of the typical CTP business model. In addition, IOSCO notes that useful guidance on the issues is already available in its Objectives and Principles of Securities Regulation and the Assessment Methodology.
IOSCO is also due to publish in 2020 a report on the outcome of its review of the regulatory risks relating to investment funds exposures to crypto-assets and a report on issues relating to Global Stablecoins.
View IOSCO's report.
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