As the Crypto Asset Markets Regulation (MiCA) looms on the horizon, leading FinTech players such as Revolut, PayPal, and various crypto businesses are seeking more time to adapt to the forthcoming changes.
MiCA, set to take effect across all European Union countries in December 2024, aims to establish a unified framework for licensing and oversight of cryptocurrency companies. One key aspect of MiCA is the imposition of stricter anti-money laundering (AML) standards, representing a significant shift in the compliance landscape.
Here's where things get interesting: After the MiCA regulations come into play, fintech firms are provisionally granted an 18-month grace period to ensure compliance. However, this timeframe is not set in stone, and that's where Revolut, PayPal, and their counterparts come into the picture.
These industry leaders are advocating for a flexible approach, suggesting that each EU member country should have the autonomy to decide on their own 18-month transition period.
The move comes as Ireland expresses its commitment to retaining the full 18-month grace period, particularly for cryptocurrency service providers (CASPs).
Meanwhile, European FinTech startups saw a significant decrease in funding during the last quarter, with the total amount raised dropping below one billion euros for the first time in years.
The data, provided by French investor Blackfin for Finance Forward, reveals that the total funding for the third quarter was 954 million euros, lower than early 2019 figures.
Major funding rounds, especially those over 100 million euros, were lacking, even though companies like Solaris (a banking provider) and Sumup (a payment firm) are actively seeking such investments.
Here are some key stats:
- Number of deals in Q3: 134 (down 35% from 206 in the previous year).
- Total capital raised: 954 million euros (a decrease of 71% from 3.3 billion euros the previous year).
- Total capital from the top ten deals: 403 million euros (down 80% from 2.0 billion euros the previous year).
- Average funding round: 8.3 million euros (a decrease of 55% from 18.6 million euros the previous year).
- Median funding round: 3.3 million euros (down 23% from 4.5 million euros).
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