Regulatory Compliance Associates
Practical compliance solutions for Estonian companies
Practical compliance solutions for Estonian companies
Our purpose is to make every day better through solutions that count. Everything we do is inspired by our company values – bold, open and trusted – along with our business principles, and a clear focus on putting our customers first. Our customer-led, compliance-first strategy is all about delivering a standout customer experience and helping our customers to get the most out of their business.
Our vision is to provide valuable, practical compliance services to fin-tech companies by offering a full spectrum of management services to companies that are incorporated, or, considering to start-up in Estonia. Our ultimate goal is to help companies achieve complex compliance obligations under Estonian regulatory compliance requirements.
Our comprehensive knowledge and experience in the regulatory environment, delivers dynamic, tailor-made solutions that are designed to ensure that companies are fully compliant with the law, alert, current and proactive. This has resulted in establishing over 100+ companies with financial service licenses.
We are eager, available and open to discuss your requirements.
Licence nr FIU000385
We have an official licence required to incorporate and take care of your compliance in Estonia as required by the legislation
Marti Kõrnas began his advisory career with Incorporate in Estonia, gaining unparalleled experience in corporate law, while also establishing himself as respected advisor to financial service providers.
As a seasoned corporate administrator, he is passionate about the fintech industry as it keeps pushing innovation both in the financial sector and the Estonian regulatory space. He holds an Advanced Anti-Money Laundering certificate from EiMF and has trained numerous compliance officers and team members for companies who have been licensed by the Estonian Financial Intelligence Unit.
The service includes:
Our tasks are:
This is free of charge. The next steps are are priced at an hourly rate of 190 EUR
We will arrange a meeting with the client, identify your needs and plan an initial approach. 2-3 hours
A step-by-step procedure with a timeline. 14-16 hours
The preparation phase consists of:
1. Collecting all necessary documents
2. A KYC procedure
3, Payment account introduction
4. Company formation etc.
After the final review and necessary fittings, we submit the application to the regulator with all necessary and proper documentation. 4-6 hours
Processing and compliance, dealing with all matters and queries raised by regulators during the application;
We also act as the main contact between the regulator and the client. 26-30 hours
We will continue to offer guidance while maintaining and providing required services. 4-6 hours
We are eager, available and open to discuss your requirements
With the value of Bitcoin breaking the $40,000 threshold at the beginning of 2021, it is no surprise to see that words like virtual assets, digital wallet and Blockchain have become more mainstream. Estonia introduced the initial regulation for the virtual currency exchanges and wallet service providers late 2017 and by the end of 2019 the FIU had issued more than 2000 operating licenses to exchange and wallet service providers.
In 2019, Estonia began to think about how to regulate innovative or innovative ways of raising capital, primarily with a view to ensuring greater investor protection. To put it simply, the trend was to modernise and regulate a significant part of the Estonian FinTech sector.
The unexpected popularity of the virtual exchange and wallet provider licenses resulted in new regulations, of which were aimed to safeguard the reputation of the Estonian business sector and make an oversight of the companies who had acquired an operating license easier. The amendments came into force March 2020 and new regulations required a licensee to have a place of business and a seat of management in Estonia, in order to maintain their license. With the new regulations in force and the FIU’s increased oversight activities, the number active license holders dropped to below 400 by January of 2021.
As the new regulation for VASPs have been proposed in the EU level, the Estonian Ministry of Finance has introduced a new draft regulation for virtual asset service providers and crowdfunding. The drafters of the new regulation noted that the principles of investment and raising capital have not changed significantly over time, but the innovation in the finical sector has made raising capital easier, which has had a noteworthy impact on the business models in the sector. As the cover letter of the regulation points out, it is important to support innovation and the creation of new services on the one hand, and to protect them from the unintended consequences on the other. At the same time, the current regulation has not kept pace with the new possibilities, which means that there is a need to extend investor protection to capital raising models that fall outside the scope of the current regulation.
The proposed regulation aims to regulate the following activities:
The current article focuses mainly on the changes that may affect cryptocurrency companies, including virtual assets service providers. As Estonia currently does not have any regulation for crowdfunding, the regulation proposed for the crowdfunding platforms will be covered in separate article
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