In a recent article on Pinsentmasons legal firm website, the article discusses Dubai VARA’s Full market product regulatory regime for virtual assets and its upcoming rollout.

The legal expert Tom Bicknell states, that after VARA’s roll out of its minimum viable product license regime which allowed participants to undertake their activities within an agreed limited scope and specifically to their authorized market segment, VARA will soon be launching its FMP framework which will seek to monitor global trends of the virtual industry and where appropriate issue further rules and guidance

Tom Bicknell of Pinsent Masons states, “Encompassing the learning’s from its MVP licensing stage and widespread industry engagement, VARA’s introduction of the FMP ( Full Market Product) license will serve as a firm footing for the next stage of growth for the UAE’s leading virtual asset industry.”

Once the rollout begins, MVP license holders and other VASPs will have to apply for an FMP license to undertake their activities in the market. The FMP regime is structured around ensuring that anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance standards are met in accordance with the Financial Action Taskforce’s recommendations for VASPs. VARA said the FMP regime will also apply ongoing internal controls, corporate governance and conduct of business rules appropriate to the risk profile of the applicant.

Bicknell adds, “VARA is undertaking engagement and consultation with market participants as part of its development of the FMP framework with a version of the framework expected to be released shortly. It is worth noting that VARA has made clear that, notwithstanding the release of the FMP framework, the regulator will seek to monitor global trends of the virtual industry and where appropriate issue further rules and guidance.”

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