Isle of Man finalises digital regulation in new guidelines

Specifically, the administrative region revealed how it would approach the regulation of blockchain activity.

As a result, the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority (IOMFSA) is taking what it has described as a “neutral approach.”

In a new guidance paper, IOMFSA details how and it would regulate when it comes to blockchain and crypto industries.

For starters, all entities undertaking activity in crypto assets and tokens, and that have characteristics of securities or electronic money will come under scrutiny.

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether won't require financial licences, but they would have to be registered with IMOFSA and further comply with anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism prerequisites set out by the regulator.

The publication of the guidelines would now allow Isle of Man to shape itself as a leader in crypto regulation in Europe, something that the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) wanted to do but has lately fallen behind with.

We recently reported on why casinos might be set to turn away from Malta.

Meanwhile, Digital Isle of Man regulatory lead Steve Billinghurst was thrilled at the progress achieved and welcomed the adoption of specific regulatory guidelines and measures.

With the arrival of a clear-cut set of rules, many initiatives will have a free hand in rolling out their full product.

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Written by David


David is co-founder of, and has worked in the crypto gambling space since 2015.

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