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12.05.2023 12:54
Acquire crypto licence and a Lithuanian (EU) company Antworten

European Union member state Lithuania has a legal framework to acquire crypto licence for corporate entity. Regulation regarding crypto assets in Lithuania is sufficiently flexible to make it an attractive option where the goal is to have crypto legally in European Union.

There are two options: registering a brand now legal entity or purchasing a ready-made solution - a shelf company with crypto authorisation setup (with and without bank account available).

Shelf company with cryptocurrency licence and an optional bank account
Expected expense for full setup at glance.

With a bank account 15000€
Without a bank account 12500€
Contact us with detailed explanation of what’s included in each option and what are the requirements. However, if ready-made solution is not what you’re looking for – keep reading to find out the other option of registering a brand-new company in Lithuania (European Union).

Crypto Exchange or Crypto Wallet licence
Lithuania has established excellent environment for FINTECH business. The jurisdiction has a start-up environment whereby it has introduced two types of cryptocurrency licence – Crypto Exchange (Crypto currency exchange operator licence) and Crypto Wallet (Crypto currency depository wallet operator). Current regulation has greatly simplified the procedure to acquire a crypto licence.

Crypto Exchange licence in Lithuania
A company, branch or incorporated legal representative holds the right to exchange between digital currencies and receive a commission for exchange services in addition to providing services regarding fiat currency exchange to cryptocurrency and vice versa.

Crypto Wallet licence in Lithuania
A company, branch or incorporated legal representative holds the right to manage and safekeep cryptocurrency depository wallets owned by consumers and other third parties.

Licence registration
Companies or branches can apply for the Lithuanian crypto licence. This is regardless of the fact if the entity is a resident or non-resident of the EU.

The Central Bank of Lithuania aims to strictly separate traditional financial institutions and cryptocurrency service providers – companies buying, selling, storing, or exchanging cryptocurrencies. However, digital assets can be show in turnover of traditional market players.

The Central Bank has extensive framework to encourage the development of non-banking payment services.

Continuation requirements
An entity operating under cryptocurrency regulation must follow specific set of guidelines. The requirements include:

Customer identification and verification procedure for all customers
Thorough accounting and records of customer data must be managed
Mandatory introduction of internal control procedure – transaction monitoring
AML (Anti-Money Laundering) Policy officer must be appointed
Mandatory reporting to FCIS (Financial Crime Investigation Service) of Lithuania

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