September 1, 2021 - Crypto trading exchange coinpass has announced today that it has been approved as a registered cryptoassets firm with the UK Financial Conduct Authority (Reference Number 921481). Coinpass was established in 2018 and offers Business, Personal and Institutional account trading in Cryptoassets, denominated in GBP Sterling and Euros.

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The company said that transacting between banking and crypto on a single digital layer has been coinpass's vision since inception, and now that registration with the UK Financial Conduct Authority is now in place, "our vision is another step closer to reality".

Jeff Hancock, CEO of coinpass, commented, "We're exceptionally pleased to be among one of the first UK based cryptocurrency Trading Exchanges for retail investors and businesses to be fully registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a crypto-asset firm. We understand and fully support that to evolve the cryptocurrency market to be more inclusive and attractive to a larger number of users, we would require regulatory guidelines for exchanges and gateways. The UK is a financial hub for investment and fintech and it has the potential, under the FCA's guidance, to be a world leader in cryptocurrency regulation. With this registration, I am exceptionally bullish on the future for crypto in the United Kingdom and proud of our achievement."

Previously, UK investors and traders in the cryptocurrency market were exposed to potential money laundering, loss of funds and poor customer service by using offshore unregistered exchanges to invest in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Many UK banks have opposed cryptocurrency transactions from client accounts due to the jurisdiction of certain exchanges or the source of funds when trying to liquidate cryptoassets holdings. The introduction of the mandatory registration by UK cryptoasset firms in adhering to Anti-Money Laundering guidelines, regulation and policies for offering cryptoasset will ensure strength and improvement in the cryptocurrency eco-system for UK investors.

Coinpass Limited (coinpass.com) is a UK Cryptocurrency Exchange registered with the UK Financial Conduct Authority as a cryptoasset firm. Coinpass serves both retail and business customers wanting to buy, sell, trade and hold cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum in the United Kingdom.

The full list of UK FCA registered Crypto Asset firms can be viewed here.