Nexo sues Cayman Islands monetary regulator over VASP license

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The identical week that Bulgarian authorities had been raiding Nexo’s places of work and indicting 4 people for costs associated to cash laundering, the crypto lender filed swimsuit within the Cayman Islands.

In a doc dated Jan. 12, Nexo filed a lawsuit in opposition to the Cayman Islands Financial Authority, or CIMA, for denying its registration as a digital asset service supplier (VASP) within the island nation. The crypto lender requested the courtroom to overturn the monetary regulator’s choice because it was “appropriate” to supply crypto providers to Cayman Islands residents.

In response to courtroom paperwork, Nexo utilized to CIMA in January 2021, offering extra data on the request of the regulator. Nevertheless, the financial authority requested for clarification on the appliance final October, citing “sure authorized and regulatory issues as famous within the information media” that Nexo had not disclosed. It rejected the appliance in December.

“The Authority breached its constitutional and statutory responsibility to supply understandable, passable and sufficiently detailed causes for its Refusal Determination,” alleged Nexo.

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Nexo claimed that CIMA had positioned “an excessive amount of weight” on regulators posing enforcement actions on the crypto lender, citing incidents in United Kingdom courts. State-level regulators in america additionally filed cease and desist orders in opposition to Nexo in 2022, however Nexo says in its lawsuit that this doesn’t imply it acted improperly:

“[Nexo] had diligently cooperated with all US states and federal regulatory inquiries and has been proactive in sustaining dialogue with the respective regulators […] There have been some regulatory ambiguities with respect to the legal guidelines and laws relevant to digital property within the US such that the actual fact of the regulatory enforcement itself doesn’t connote any improper behaviour.”

The lending agency introduced in December that it planned to gradually cease operations in america “over the approaching months,” citing a scarcity of regulatory readability.