2021 was the year crypto transactions had mainstream adoption–2022 is the year of crypto regulations being enforced to keep transactions safe. New regulatory requirements have become the latest disruptive force that senior-level executives need to consider when making important decisions regarding business growth.
In Nov 2021, crypto’s total market cap surpassed $3T for the first time, having grown 5-fold over one year. With the influx of institutional players and broad adoption of new technologies in DeFi and NFTs, we expect that market to continue growing fast in coming years.
As crypto transactions move beyond speculative traders and technology enthusiasts into cross-border payments and capital market structures, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) relegated regulations like the Crypto Travel Rule to mitigate money laundering and terrorist financing. FATF’s Travel Rule requires any participating financial institutions in a transaction to exchange relevant beneficiary and originator KYC information.
To explore how the Travel Rule is presently being rolled out in the crypto and financial services industries, Notabene ran a survey to gauge global compliance readiness and gain a better understanding of the primary pitfalls to compliance.
The survey was conducted in October 2021, with 56 crypto businesses and financial institutions participating. The below report includes the survey results, as well as covers the latest state of enforcement by jurisdictions.
The results show that financial institutions and cryptocurrency companies are taking Travel Rule compliance seriously but are at varying states of readiness–largely dependent upon their primary operating jurisdiction.
- The majority of respondents (67%) plan to become fully compliant by the end of Q2 2022. Yet more than 60% have not started implementation yet and remain in the research phase.
- 52% of respondents cite legal uncertainty and the sunrise period as their biggest hindrances to Travel Rule adoption (breakdown respectively of: 27%, 25%).
- The second largest factor contributing to non-compliance being a lack of resources, with 23% citing a lack of technical resources, and 9% citing a lack of compliance/legal resources.
- Close to one-third of companies (31%) fully or partially comply with the Travel Rule.*
*We define fully complying as sending and responding to Travel Rule data transfers. Partially complying means a company is sending or responding to Travel Rule data transfers.