The British Treasury is hoping to launch a Digital Securities Sandbox (DSS) by the end of Q1 next year, according to Helen Boyd, Head of Capital Markets at the independent regulatory watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA already has a similar engagement via its Regulatory Sandbox, where companies with viable products can begin pitching them to a closed circle of early customers. Boyd stated that the DSS will have a new rule set to allow it to do new things with digital securities, and that the FCA is waiting for HM Treasury to publish the results of its consultation before they can take forward the new powers and develop the regulatory framework. Boyd also mentioned that tokenization is likely to shake up the traditional finance world once traditional securities instruments are represented on-chain, and that trading, settlement, and clearing processes could be ‘revolutionized’.
The FCA told crypto companies advertising in the UK that they have until October 8th to get in line with the regulator’s existing financial promotion regime, and that failure to comply can result in two years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both. Boyd mentioned that certain firms running late for registration may be able to get an extension.
This is good news for the crypto industry, as it will provide a safe and secure environment for those looking to bring innovative products to the market. It will also set up clear regulations for companies advertising in the UK, ensuring a safe and secure environment for customers.
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