Malaysia’s Regulators Issue Caution On Initial Coin Offerings

ICO schemes may involve activities that are subject to laws administered by the SC and BNM and carrying on such activities without proper authorization is an offense.

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The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) and Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) have urged the public to exercise caution before participating in initial coin offering (ICO) schemes.

ICO schemes may involve activities that are subject to laws administered by the SC and BNM and carrying on such activities without proper authorization is an offense, the regulators said in a joint statement.

“Members of the public are reminded to exercise caution before participating in an
ICO and are advised to refer to the list of institutions that are licensed or approved to carry out regulated activities under the laws administered by the SC and BNM,” according to the joint statement.

The regulators added that issuers of ICOs should be mindful that the launching of an ICO, the offering of digital tokens in exchange for digital currency or any form of payment and incidental activities thereof, may trigger regulatory requirements under securities laws.

In addition, no person is permitted to carry out any regulated activities such as fundraising, fund management and dealing in capital market products without obtaining necessary approval or authorization from the SC.

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Further, ICO operators are prohibited from undertaking regulated activities such as deposit taking and banking business, foreign exchange administration activities and remittances, without the necessary authorization under financial services laws administered by BNM.

“Both authorities will continue to monitor these developments, and will not hesitate to take action against any person conducting illegal or unauthorized activities,” the regulators said. – BusinessNewsAsia.com

 

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