France: The New Crypto Haven Amid US Regulatory Turmoil? Pros and Cons Explained

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In a bid to boost the attractiveness of its cryptocurrency landscape, France has recently extended a warm welcome to industry players that may be seeking refuge from the regulatory uncertainty in the United States. As a European Union member state, France has become a hub for approximately 74 registered crypto companies, with the potential to increase to 100 as businesses look to get ahead of the upcoming Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) regulations taking effect in 2025.

French regulations, such as the crypto service asset provider regime (PSAN) established in 2019, provide a degree of predictability and stability for businesses operating in the space, according to Benoît de Juvigny, Secretary General of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). He stated that American firms are welcome to benefit from the French regulatory environment, which has been deemed more business-friendly by major players like Binance and Bitstamp.

However, the regulatory landscape in France is not all smooth sailing. Earlier this year, proposed legislative amendments by the national Senate reportedly threatened innovation, although these have since been scaled back. In addition, French lawmakers are still debating regulation around crypto-focused social media influencers, and the EU as a whole is grappling with how to govern decentralized financial services.

Despite these challenges, the AMF continues to enhance its regulatory framework and reassure businesses of their ability to comply with the new rules. For example, the organization has recently debunked a myth that it is impossible for crypto companies to acquire commercial insurance that meets AMF standards. Stéphane Pontoizeau, a director at the AMF, said he has personally seen such contracts and that businesses that closely adhere to the AMF’s guidelines can obtain a new registration in just a few months.

In light of the evolving regulatory landscape, many crypto businesses, such as Circle, are seeking to acquire both a French registration and license to operate. This increasing interest in the French market has been attributed to the strong reputation of the country’s regulatory authorities, including AMF and the ACPR, an arm of the French central bank responsible for anti-money laundering compliance in the crypto sector.

While some market participants have expressed concern about the complexity of France’s regulatory requirements, many see the nation’s robustness as a selling point, providing a certainty that is currently lacking in jurisdictions like the United States. As France continues to refine its regulatory framework leading up to the MiCA implementation in 2025, the country is positioning itself as an appealing destination for both seasoned and emerging crypto businesses looking for stability in an unpredictable market.

Source: Coindesk

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