Blockchain Firms Must Respect AML Laws, Swiss Say

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Law360 (August 26, 2019, 6:04 PM EDT) — Swiss regulators on Monday published guidance affirming that blockchain-based businesses must follow the country’s stringent anti-money laundering standards as the nation granted its first two banking licenses to such businesses.

Stating that it recognizes the innovative potential of new technologies for financial markets, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority cautioned that the anonymous nature of blockchain technology presents money-laundering opportunities for criminals and terrorists.

The agency, known as FINMA, said it will apply financial laws regardless of the underlying technology. The regulatory body described its approach as “technology neutral.”

“However, blockchain-based business models cannot be allowed to circumvent the existing regulatory…

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