The crypto industry has exploded over the past few years, further integrating into the global financial system and creating direct and indirect links to banks and other financial institutions. The intersection of the fiat and crypto financial worlds offers vast opportunities, as well as new compliance challenges.
From 2015 to 2021 we have seen an upheaval in crypto regulation. In that time, regulators and supranational organizations, such as the FATF, have begun to set standards and expectations to address financial crime in crypto. Most recently, in late October the FATF issued its long-awaited updated guidance on crypto, which among other changes sharpens the focus on DeFi and stablecoins.
As more jurisdictions issue guidance to apply their existing frameworks to the cryptoasset world, one trend has emerged: the manner in which a jurisdiction regulates cryptoasset products will likely mirror its approach to traditional financial products.
For insights on the updated FATF recommendations and more, we talk with Chris DePow, Senior Advisor – Financial Institution Regulation & Compliance at Elliptic. We’ll explore financial crime risks and pending regulatory initiatives in the crypto space, and hone in on the challenges faced by traditional financial institutions as they seek to integrate crypto offerings and DeFi services.