VASP authorisation means a financial outfit that handles digital assets complies with the same anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing guidelines--that apply to all financial institutions--set out by the Financial Action Task Force, a global watchdog.
Luxembourg’s Financial Sector Supervisory Commission (CSSF) published VASP licensing rules in March 2020 and some 20 firms have applied. Candidates must demonstrate that, like investment funds, they have evaluated their risks, carry out due diligence on their clients, have a designated AML/CFT point person, have trained staff members to industry standards, disclose their outsourcing arrangements and pay an annual licencing fee of €15,000.
On Monday morning, Coinmarketcap listed Bitflyer as the 14th largest cryptocurrency spot exchange, handling $221m in volume over 24 hours. Bitflyer handles trades in bitcoin, ethereum, lisk, litecoin and monacoin.