- NYDFS has tightened guidelines for crypto listings and delistings to enhance investor protection.
- The new rules affect major crypto firms and require NYDFS approval for coin listing and delisting policies.
- The move is part of New York's strategy to remain a leader in technological innovation while ensuring regulated crypto market access.
The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has intensified its guidelines for cryptocurrency listings and delistings to bolster investor safeguards.
These enhanced measures, announced on November 15th, require crypto companies to seek NYDFS approval for their coin listing and delisting policies.
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These updated regulations are set against a backdrop of heightened risk assessment criteria established by the NYDFS. The evaluation encompasses a range of concerns, including technological, operational, cybersecurity, market, liquidity, and risks related to illicit activities associated with the tokens.
These revisions affect all digital currency businesses licensed under New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations and limited-purpose trust companies governed by the state's banking laws.
This initiative by the NYDFS first emerged in September when the department invited public feedback on the proposal.
Significantly, cryptocurrency firms with an NYDFS-approved coin listing policy are now restricted from self-certifying any tokens without further approval from the regulator.
Among those impacted by the new guidelines are prominent players in the cryptocurrency space, including stablecoin issuer Circle, crypto exchange Gemini, fund manager Fidelity, trading platform Robinhood, and payment provider PayPal.
These entities must present their preliminary coin listing and delisting policies to the NYDFS by December 8th, 2023, and submit the finalized versions by January 31st, 2024.
Adrienne Harris, Superintendent of Financial Services, emphasized that the NYDFS aims to adopt an "innovative and data-driven approach" in overseeing coin listings, delistings, and the broader cryptocurrency market.
Harris clarified that this regulatory enhancement is not a crackdown on the crypto industry but rather an effort to ensure that New Yorkers have regulated access to the virtual currency marketplace.
In February, the NYDFS expanded its capabilities to detect crypto-related illicit activities, such as insider trading and market manipulation.