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Singapore central bank issues three crypto licence in-principle approvals


The Payment Services Act came into effect in January 2020. All providers of DPT services operating in Singapore must be registered and licensed under the Act. Before the three new licences, Singapore had granted licences and in-principle approvals to 11 DPT service providers. Regulator MAS has received 196 applications as at the end of May.

Nicholas Hanna of Pinsent Masons MPillay, the Singapore joint law venture between MPillay and Pinsent Masons, said: “In the context of growing consumer activity and the tremendous attention being paid to the crypto industry, it is not surprising to find that the application to obtain a DPT licence is highly coveted as such a licence allows companies to offer a range of crypto services. The fact that to-date, only about 11 DPT licences and in-principle approvals have been granted out of the 196 applications received, suggests that the due diligence process for licensing crypto business is highly stringent and scrutinised by MAS, the regulatory authority for the issuance of a DPT licence.”

In January, Singapore released a policy to tighten restrictions on the promotion of cryptoassets amidst concerns the public are being enticed into high-risk investments without sufficient warnings. The DPT service providers subject to the new restrictions include payment institutions, banks and other financial institutions and applicants under the Payment Services Act.



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