Customer Success Story

How Luno Singapore met Travel Rule Regulations using Notabene

About Luno

Luno is a leading global cryptocurrency company on a mission to put the power of crypto in everyone’s hands. Luno’s team of 1000+ people has a presence in more than 40 countries, including regional hubs in the US, Europe, APAC, and Africa. In 2022, Luno has successfully reached 10 million customers and counting. For crypto to reach the masses, it’s crucial for customers to have access to safe and regulated platforms like Luno.

The Challenge

Singapore has a stringent crypto regulatory environment where licenses are given out only to players that meet the high bar set by the MAS. As a key criterion to obtain the license, DPT Service Providers must demonstrate how they comply with the Travel Rule provisions introduced by the MAS.

The Solution - Q&A with Tamsyn Harrison

Luno began looking for a Travel Rule solution that best fitted their needs in 2019 and onboarded with Notabene in January 2021. Download the customer success story today to read the full Q&A featuring Tamsyn Harrison, Senior Legal Counsel at Luno, who led the Travel Rule implementation.

Q: What was the trigger that sent Luno searching for a solution?

A: The Singapore Payment Services Act (PSA) was passed by Parliament in January 2019 and came into force in January 2020. The framework requires full compliance with the Travel Rule in order to obtain a license to operate as a DPT Service Provider. Knowing that this would likely be the biggest obstacle in getting approval, we set to work on exploring solutions that would integrate as seamlessly as possible into our customers’ experience. Since then, several other countries have followed suit by introducing the Travel Rule.

   

Q: What were the consideration criteria? 

A: We considered several solutions, each solving the exchange of Travel Rule information in different ways. The key consideration criteria included: (i) the technical capabilities of the chosen protocol; (ii) the security of information exchanged; (iii) interoperability with other solutions and (iv) the impact of the integration on customers’ experience. We felt that Notabene best met these criteria. 

In addition, Notabene’s holistic approach to Travel Rule compliance also sets it apart. While other solutions solve only the information-sharing aspect of the Travel Rule, we felt that Notabene’s compliance platform and its added features offered a more meaningful experience for our Compliance Team.  

Q: What are your favorite features of the Notabene product? 

A:

Notabene integrates with sanction screening and blockchain analytics tools to provide a more comprehensive service.

The easy-to-understand UX saves time, allows for speed of implementation, and increases productivity. 

Notabene’s multi-entity support helps segment our Travel Rule compliance and reporting for each of our entities (i.e. Luno Singapore, Luno Malaysia, etc). 

By leveraging blockchain analytics tools to identify a counterparty virtual asset service provider (VASP), Notabene allows Luno to interact with an extensive network of counterparties. Further, by maintaining a comprehensive VASP Directory with verified VASP data, Notabene allows Luno to perform VASP due diligence on those counterparties.

By making its free Sunrise Plan available to any VASP, counterparties do not need to become full, paying Notabene clients for Luno to interact with them. This is very useful for overcoming interoperability issues where, for example, the counterparty VASP using a different Travel Rule solution or has not yet implemented a solution. 

Q: What else does Notabene do to support the Luno team? 

A: 

As one of the key industry leaders, the Notabene team contributes to developments from the FATF and relevant regulators. In June 2022, Notabene provided an excellent collaboration opportunity for its customers to interact with EU lawmakers in the final approval stages of the Transfer of Funds Regulation. 

Notabene works closely with a  number of our teams, including Legal, Compliance, and Product. The team was very familiar with Singapore’s application of the Travel Rule and are knowledgeable about the nuances which apply when requirements are introduced in other countries.

Q: How does Luno explain Travel Rule changes to customers?

A: We’ve been very conscious that the Travel Rule introduces significant changes for customers and providing customer education and support has been a key priority from the outset. We explain the Travel Rule UX changes to our customers through close-touch product guidance, e.g., contextual help as they proceed through the new flow. Additionally, we provide support across various channels, e.g., links to in-depth help articles, blogs explaining the rationale for the Travel Rule, as well as increased customer support.

FAQ

Luno FAQ

Is Luno approved in Singapore?

Yes. On April 27, 2022, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) granted in-principle clearance to global retail cryptocurrency platform Luno to provide Digital Payment Token Services in Singapore. Learn more in the Luno x Notabene case study

Is Luno safe?

Luno secures the deposited cryptocurrency, but only the end user can prevent unauthorized access to their crypto wallet. If the login credentials are compromised and used to steal cryptocurrency from a Luno wallet, neither the end-user nor Luno can recover the funds.

How can companies adopt the Travel Rule?

The Travel Rule for Crypto Assets requires businesses to send, receive, and screen consumer personal information alongside cryptocurrency transactions over specific jurisdiction-dependent thresholds. To adopt the Travel Rule, virtual asset service providers (VASPs) must select whether to create an in-house compliance solution or use fully integrated Travel Rule compliance software.

Why is Travel Rule important?

The Crypto Travel Rule ensures compliance with anti-money laundering frameworks by firms that custody, transmit, and safe-keep cryptocurrency. Firms adhering to the Travel Rule can prevent bad actors from using virtual assets to launder money or finance terrorism. It is the first worldwide crypto regulation to be adopted and may pave the way for more standard crypto rules.

Why Notabene

Notabene is the most trusted Crypto Travel Rule compliance solution. Our award-winning solution enables compliance officers to incorporate anti-money laundering frameworks to manage regulatory and counterparty risk in virtual asset transactions. Using third-party assessed security and privacy standards, Notabene’s full-service software helps financial institutions, crypto exchanges, and custodians turn regulatory compliance into a competitive advantage. Book a Demo to learn more.

How can companies adopt the Travel Rule?

Luno secures the deposited cryptocurrency, but only the end user can prevent unauthorized access to their crypto wallet. If the login credentials are compromised and used to steal cryptocurrency from a Luno wallet, neither the end-user nor Luno can recover the funds.

How can companies adopt the Travel Rule?

The Travel Rule for Crypto Assets requires businesses to send, receive, and screen consumer personal information alongside cryptocurrency transactions over specific jurisdiction-dependent thresholds. To adopt the Travel Rule, virtual asset service providers (VASPs) must select whether to create an in-house compliance solution or use fully integrated Travel Rule compliance software.

Why is Travel Rule important?

The Crypto Travel Rule ensures compliance with anti-money laundering frameworks by firms that custody, transmit, and safe-keep cryptocurrency. Firms adhering to the Travel Rule can prevent bad actors from using virtual assets to launder money or finance terrorism. It is the first worldwide crypto regulation to be adopted and may pave the way for more standard crypto rules.

Why Notabene

Notabene is the most trusted Crypto Travel Rule compliance solution. Our award-winning solution enables compliance officers to incorporate anti-money laundering frameworks to manage regulatory and counterparty risk in virtual asset transactions. Using third-party assessed security and privacy standards, Notabene’s full-service software helps financial institutions, crypto exchanges, and custodians turn regulatory compliance into a competitive advantage. Book a Demo to learn more.