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What is a Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP)?

A Virtual Asset Service Provider is defined by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as a business that conducts one or more of the following actions on behalf of its clients:

  • exchange between virtual assets and fiat currencies
  • exchange between one or more forms of virtual assets
  • transfer of virtual assets
  • safekeeping and/or administration or virtual assets or instruments enabling control over virtual assets
  • participating in and provision of financial services related to an issuer’s offer and/or sale of a virtual asset

This definition encompasses a range of crypto businesses, including exchanges, ATM operators, wallet custodians, and hedge funds. FATF further recommends that VASPs be subject to the same stringent AML/CTF and KYC requirements as traditional financial institutions.

See the full definition in Annex A of

Read our blog for a deeper dive into what is and isn’t a VASP: 

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