On the 29th November 2023, the Directive for the Prevention and Suppression of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Register of Crypto Asset Service Providers) (Amending) of 2023 – R.A.D. 343/2023 was passed, amending the Directive for the Prevention and Suppression of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Register of Crypto Asset Service Providers) of 2021.
The following amendments were made:
The definition of the term "Relevant offence" was amended to mean any criminal offence:
a) any offence under the law governing banking, financial activities, as well as securities and insurance activities, or in relation to securities markets or means of payment;
b) any other offence under corporate, bankruptcy, insolvency or consumer protection law;
c) any offence involving fraudulent conduct, fraud or financial crime, including money laundering and terrorist financing, market manipulation, insider trading, usury and corruption;
d) relating to a tax offence;
e) relating to drugs;
f) relating to trafficking and exploitation of persons.
As regards what is considered as good reputation in Article 6(1)(b)(i) of persons holding a management position in the applicant company, this was amended as follows:
"Good reputation" is considered the integrity and morality of the person and is documented if there is no reliable evidence to suggest otherwise, so that the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission has good reasons to doubt it.
Factors that call into question the "integrity" of the person include:
Factors that call into question a person's "morality" take into account their behaviour in previous business and supervisory relations, and in particular:
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