British Virgin Islands cryptocurrency set-up company
Generally, where a virtual asset or virtual asset related product is deemed an “investment” under the Securities and Investment Business Act (“SIBA”), then if the BVI entity is carrying out certain activities in relation to that investment then it could require licensing.
The “investments” under SIBA include:
Shares, etc.: shares, interests in a partnership or fund interests;
Debentures, etc.: debentures, debenture stock, loan stock, bonds, certificates of deposit and any other instruments creating or acknowledging indebtedness, other than for money borrowed to defray consideration for the supply of goods or services and also does not include a cheque or other bill of exchange, a bankers draft or a letter of credit;
Instruments giving entitlement to shares, debentures: these include warrants or other instruments entitling the holder to subscribe for investments;
Certificates representing investments: certificates which confer contractual, or property rights held by a person other than the person on whom the rights are conferred by the certificate or instrument and the transfer of which may be effected without the consent of that person;
Options: options to acquire or dispose of an investment including any currency, palladium, platinum, gold or silver;
Futures: a futures contract other than a contract made for commercial and not investment purposes. A contract shall be regarded as made for investment purposes if it is made or traded on an investment exchange, or made otherwise than on such an exchange but expressed to be as traded on such an exchange or on the same terms as those on which an equivalent contract would be made on such an exchange for commercial and not investment purposes;
Contracts for differences: rights under a contract for differences or any other contract the purpose or intended purpose of which is to secure a profit or avoid a loss by reference to fluctuations in property or an index other than a contract which involves taking delivery of any property to which the contract relates;
Long term insurance contracts: long term insurance contracts or rights and interests in any investments;
Rights and interest in investments: rights to and interests in any investment; and
Specified investments: anything specified as an investment from time to time by the relevant regulations.
Importantly, cash and real property are not investments under SIBA.
Based on the above, a virtual asset transaction which is a “contract for differences”, for example, would be an “investment” under SIBA. The types of activity constituting investment business under SIBA are as follows:
Dealing in investments;
Arranging deals in investments;
Providing investment advice;
Providing custodial services with respect to investments;
Providing administrative services with respect to investments; and
Operating an investment exchange.
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