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The Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCA) 

The Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCAR) is a regulation by the European Union designed to govern the crypto-asset markets.

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What is MiCAR?

The Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCAR) is a groundbreaking regulation by the European Union designed to govern the crypto-asset markets. Enforced to establish a harmonized framework across the EU, MiCAR aims to protect investors, maintain financial stability, and promote innovation within the crypto-asset sector. This regulation covers a wide array of crypto-assets, including cryptocurrencies, tokens, and stablecoins, setting out rules for the authorization, operation, and oversight of crypto-asset service providers (CASPs) and issuers of crypto-assets.

Key Features of MiCA

MiCA Regulation delves trough different aspects of crypto compliance: 

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Regulatory Framework

Comprehensive Regulatory Framework for all crypto-assets

MiCAR establishes a unified set of rules applicable across the board for various types of crypto-assets, including but not limited to cryptocurrencies, security tokens, and stablecoins.

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Authorization Requirements for CASPs and crypto-issuers

MiCA regulation mandates that Crypto-Asset Service Providers (CASPs) and issuers of crypto-assets obtain authorisation from regulatory bodies in order to ensure transparency.

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Investor Protection Measures

The framework introduces several measures designed to protect investors, including clear disclosures about the risks associated with investing in crypto-assets, measures to prevent and address conflicts of interest, and requirements for the safekeeping of assets

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Market Abuse Prevention to ensure market integrity

To preserve the integrity of the crypto-asset markets, MiCAR includes provisions to combat market abuse, covering practices such as insider trading, market manipulation, and the dissemination of false info.

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Transparency Requirements for crypto-asset issuances

Issuers of crypto-assets are required to provide detailed information about their offerings. This includes the publication of a white paper that discloses essential details about the project, its governance, the rights of the asset holders, and the risks involved.

Implications of MiCA

CASPs and issuers of crypto-assets are required to comply with MiCAR's standards, requiring updates to operational processes, risk management practices, and compliance procedures to ensure investor protection and market integrity within the EU's crypto-asset markets.

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How Grand Helps

Each module in's GRC software suite is meticulously designed to facilitate thorough compliance with the MICA (Markets in Crypto-Assets) Regulation, tackling critical facets such as crypto-asset risk management, transaction reporting, oversight of crypto-asset service providers, and seamless adaptation to the evolving landscape of crypto regulations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is MiCA and why is it important?

MiCA stands for Markets in Crypto-Assets. It's a regulatory framework developed by the European Union to govern the crypto-assets market. It aims to protect investors, ensure fair market practices, and establish legal clarity for crypto-assets not covered by existing financial regulations.

Who is affected by MiCA Regulation?

he Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulation is proposed by the European Commission, so it primarily affects entities operating within the European Union (EU). This includes issuers of crypto-assets, service providers engaged in the crypto-asset industry, and investors in crypto-assets. It specifically targets any entity that is involved in the issuance of crypto-assets or provides services related to crypto-assets within the EU.

What are the main requirements under MiCA?

The Markets in Crypto-assets (MiCA) regulation outlines several key requirements. Firstly, it requires crypto-asset service providers to be authorized by a national competent authority and follow operating conditions such as governance arrangements and conflict of interest management . Secondly, it sets out specific requirements for issuers of certain types of crypto-assets, particularly stablecoins, which include capital requirements, investor rights, and the obligation to publish a white paper detailing the crypto-asset . Additionally, MiCA proposes the creation of a European single market for crypto-assets, meaning service providers authorised in one EU member state can operate across the EU .

How does MiCA address investor protection?

The Markets in Crypto-assets (MiCA) regulation addresses investor protection in several ways. It introduces a regime for crypto-asset service providers, which includes licensing requirements to operate within the EU, ensuring that only regulated entities can offer these services . The regulation also requires these entities to adhere to strict operational and governance standards, helping to minimize the risk of fraud . In addition, MiCA imposes disclosure requirements on issuers of crypto-assets, providing investors with clear and comprehensive information to make informed decisions.

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