Only 1 week left for Dutch crypto companies to register with the Netherlands’ central bank

On April 21, the Dutch Upper House passed the Implementation Act in order to transpose the fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD5) to comply with the European regulations and standards set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Registration obligation by May 18th

Last week, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) enhanced this law and required crypto service providers to register with DNB as soon as possible before the deadline. 1

Who is concerned?

The Act puts two kinds of crypto-related activities under the scope, including natural persons, legal persons or companies who offer the services below professionally or commercially in or from the Netherlands:

  • Services for the exchange between cryptos and fiat currencies (crypto-to-crypto not included);
  • Crypto wallets (defined as services to secure private cryptographic keys on behalf of their clients to hold, store and transfer virtual currencies). 2

If these firms don’t register, they will have to stop operations immediately, “until the successful completion of the registration application3. If they still remain active after the deadline without the registration, it will impact their future registration application; they will also “be in violation” and DNB can “take enforcement action4.

Besides, DNB will assess the related companies’ board members and some shareholders with qualifying holdings (a direct or indirect holding representing 10% or more of the capital or of any class of voting rights, or having comparable control on the management or operations). They must submit the proof that they design the effective processes to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing, and they manage adequately these processes. 5

What to do to be compliant?

1. Apply for registration

The request for registration to DNB should be made via the Digital Supervision Desk .

2. Provide organisation details

Financial institutions can verify contact, board members details and outsourcing partners. 

3. Set up AML/CTF internal controls

One of the success factors for registration applications is to design an effective AML & CTF policy, which demonstrates the company’s willingness and capability to control the risks. 

In addition, once a company is registered and its board members as well as compliance key employees have been assessed, DNB will supervise that it complies with the rules on money laundering and terrorist financing, including those related to the integrity risk analysis, sound and ethical business operations, customer due diligence, transaction monitoring, the duty to report unusual transactions and sanctions legislation. 6

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Reference:

  1. https://www.coindesk.com/dutch-central-bank-to-crypto-firms-register-in-2-weeks-or-shut-down
  2. https://www.toezicht.dnb.nl/2/50-237993.jsp
  3. https://www.dnb.nl/en/news/news-and-archive/nieuws-2020/dnb388451.jsp
  4. https://www.dnb.nl/nieuws/dnb-nieuwsbrieven/nieuwsbrief-cryptodienstverleners/nieuwsbrief-aanbieders-van-cryptodiensten-mei-2020/dnb388465.jsp#
  5. https://www.dnb.nl/en/news/news-and-archive/Persberichten2019/dnb385424.jsp
  6. https://www.toezicht.dnb.nl/en/7/50-238246.jsp