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Are You Ready for MiCAR? – Webinar on the Introduction to the new EU Crypto Regulation

We are pleased to invite you to our webinar on March 5 on the new regulation of crypto-assets in the EU (Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCAR)), with a focus on the scope of MiCAR, licensing requirements and procedures, and obligations for crypto-asset service providers in the EU. Our experts who concentrate on Financial Regulatory Law with a focus on the current crypto regulation want to discuss with you the upcoming changes due to MiCAR in 2024.

The seminar is aimed at all those who are (or are aiming for) doing business in the crypto scene or offer any services in [...]

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FinmadiG and KMAG – Implementation of European crypto-financial market regulation in Germany

The German legislator has responded to the harmonization of European financial market regulations: In October 2023, the Federal Ministry of Finance published the draft bill for the Act on the Digitization of the Financial Market (Finanzmarktdigitalisierungsgesetz – “FinmadiG“), followed by the publication of the government draft of the FinmadiG just one month later.

MiCAR, DORA and money transfers – what does the FinmadiG implement?

The FinmadiG is intended to implement the following EU regulations on digital financial market regulation:

  • Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (“MiCAR”): The first EU-wide uniform set of rules for markets in crypto assets (we provided information here, for [...]

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SEC approval for crypto ETF

Yesterday, on January 10, 2024, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) made the long-awaited decision by the crypto scene to allow the listing and distribution of exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) that track the price of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, so-called Bitcoin spot ETFs. Specifically, 11 of these Bitcoin spot ETFs were approved by SEC, including those from major market players such as BlackRock, Ark Investments and Fidelity. The approval decision was preceded by a false report shortly before the SEC decision, which once again led to considerable market distortions. The approval took a year-long coordination process between the parties involved and [...]

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Stability through regulation

The financial industry is once again facing uncertainty and turbulence, caused in particular by the demise of some banks and problems in the crypto scene. In view of the current regulatory density, the question arises whether this is sufficient to ensure the stability of the financial industry and whether it can actually help to create market security and trust. Renate Prinz classifies the current developments in the Börsen-Zeitung.

Click here to read the full article in German.




Understanding the regulatory landscape for crypto-assets in Germany and the EU

Currently, you can read summaries and briefings about the new crypto asset market regulation (“MiCAR”) everywhere. Certainly MiCAR has the potential to give the EU crypto market a huge boost. From what we have seen so far, regulation for new business models, especially in the fintech market, is not as bad as everyone has assumed so far.

Renate Prinz puts the developments in FinExtra in perspective. Click here for the article.




McDermottTech 2022 – Recap

From crypto, NFTs and blockchain technologies, to ethics in artificial intelligence, outsourcing and cloud deals, to trends in IP protection and enforcement in the metaverse: Together, we discussed some of the latest global trends in the technology industry at this year’s McDermottTech.

Interested in the content of our panels? Click here for the videos of our panels. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation here.




FinTech Market: Regulation of crypto assets in Germany and the EU

In this webinar, Renate Prinz and Annabelle Rau provide an overview of the current regulatory land-scape for crypto assets and crypto service providers in Germany, also taking a look at the European level, where uniform legislation for the regulation of crypto-assets is coming soon. The following fur-ther topics will be covered:

  • Regulatory classification of crypto-assets in Germany.
  • Licensing requirements in connection with crypto-assets and crypto-services
  • Overview of the regulatory requirements for entities regulated in Germany
  • Draft European crypto regulation, in particular the Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (“MiCAR”).
  • Passporting of licenses within the EU
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EU Trilogue agreed on Markets in Crypto Assets Regulation (“MiCAR”)

The trilogue agreed on the final text for the Markets in Crypto Assets Regulation (“MiCAR“) on June 30, 2022, which now needs to be adopted by the member states (click here for the press release).

  • MiCAR will for the first time create a single European legal framework for crypto assets, crypto issuers and service providers. Crypto assets have been regulated in a predominantly inconsistent manner in Europe to date.
  • MiCAR provides for specific requirements for Utility Token, Value-Referenced Token and E-Money Token. It does not include Security Tokens, which are already subject to existing EU financial services regulations, [...]

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