The popularity of cryptocurrencies is rapidly growing, but crypto companies face challenges due to the lack of a legislative framework in many countries. However, the situation in Poland is better, as the government regulates cryptocurrencies.
Changes in Polish legislation in the field of cryptocurrencies
On October 31, 2021, the legalization of crypto business took place in Poland, which requires companies to register in order to provide their services legally. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in a fine of up to 21,600 euros.
The state allows activities such as:
- Exchange of virtual and banking currencies.
- Conversion of one cryptocurrency into another.
- Mediation during cryptocurrency exchanges.
- Storage of digital coins.
Regulation and requirements
Cryptocurrency firms established after the legalization of crypto must obtain a permit for their activities at the beginning of their business. To operate in Poland, a company needs to:
- Confirm the absence of convictions for various crimes, such as those against the country, local authorities, crimes related to documents and business, securities, and currencies. This is important because compliance with anti-money laundering (AML) laws will be required.
- Provide documentary evidence of experience or knowledge in the field of cryptocurrencies and have at least one year of experience working with crypto assets.
- Complete a training course on legal and practical aspects related to digital assets.
- Have the status of a “physical person” intending to conduct business as an individual entrepreneur.
Peculiarities of regulation of Polish crypto-companies
Poland is a country with European laws and requires compliance with regulations. To obtain a license, the following steps are necessary:
- Register a company in Poland with a physical office.
- Open a bankaccount and deposit the initial capital.
- Hire experienced personnel and directors in the crypto field.
- Develop a business plan for the coming years to demonstrate how the company will grow.
- Establish an AML and KYC (know your customer) policy for secure acceptance and processing of payments.
Starting October 31, 2021, the requirements for licensing and registration will require a different approach to KYC when dealing with cryptocurrency assets. The market entry threshold currently stands at a minimum of 1,000 euros.
To facilitate the process of obtaining a crypto license, you can turn to us and receive:
- Consultation and assessment of your needs: Our lawyers will familiarize themselves with your company and understand your main requirements for obtaining a crypto license.
- Preparation of necessary documentation: We will assist you in gathering all the required documentation for obtaining the license, including registration documents for your company, certificates of no criminal record, proof of experience in the cryptocurrency field, and training certificates, among others.
- Support during the registration process: We will guide you through every step of the company registration process in Poland and ensure the correct preparation of all necessary documents, including company registration and opening a bank account.
- Business plan development: Our lawyers will help you develop a detailed business plan that meets regulatory requirements. They will ensure the inclusion of all necessary aspects related to the development of your cryptocurrency company.
- Preparation of AML and KYC policies: We will assist in developing an anti-money laundering (AML) policy and a know-your-customer (KYC) policy. We will also ensure the inclusion of all necessary measures for the security of payment acceptance and processing.
If you have any questions, we recommend reaching out to experienced lawyers as they can support your project from a small website on the Internet to a high-tech company operating in the EU.