New York financial watchdog releases guidance to strengthen crypto listing, delisting

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  • The regulator released the guidance following two months of public consultation, requiring crypto firms to formulate token listing and delisting policies for approval.

New York’s financial watchdog has started to take a more active role in supervising token listing and delisting on exchanges as it seeks to bolster oversight of crypto firms.

The New York State Department of Financial Services on Wednesday published guidance on the listing of cryptocurrencies — rules that take effect immediately. Crypto firms are required to get their coin-listing policy approved by the regulator before they can list a coin, the regulator said.

The release of the latest guidance comes after NYDFS issued the draft for public comment in September.

“Following DFS approval of a coin-listing policy, a [virtual currency entity] may proceed with self-certification of coins, thereby making them available for approved virtual currency business activity in New York or to New Yorkers,” NYDFS Superintendent Adrienne Harris said in the industry letter

The regulator noted that crypto firms without NYDFS-approved coin-listing policies may only list tokens included in its “greenlist” unless otherwise approved. 


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Requirements for coin listing, delisting

A coin-listing policy “must include robust procedures” and must be tailored to the crypto firm’s specific business model, operations, customers and counterparties, geographies of operations and service providers, according to the guidance. The policies must cover governance, risk assessment and monitoring of coins.

The new guidance also stipulated that in the event a listed coin is “identified as presenting newly elevated risk,” crypto firms must discontinue support of that coin. The regulator said that all entities must have a draft coin-delisting policy by Dec. 8, 2023, and a final version must be submitted to the regulator for approval by Jan. 31, 2024.

NYDFS has been active in overseeing the crypto industry for the past few years. In 2015, it issued its virtual currency regulation, 23 NYCRR Part 200, or what’s known as the BitLicense regime.

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Timmy Shen is an Asia reporter for The Block. Previously, he wrote about crypto and Web3 for Forkast.News from Taiwan after spending more than three years in Beijing covering finance and current affairs at Caixin Global and Chinese tech at TechNode. His China-related reporting has also appeared in The Guardian. When he's not chasing headlines, you'll find him savoring hot pot and shabu shabu in a Taipei local haunt. Timmy holds an MS degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Send tips to [email protected] or get in touch on X/Telegram @timmyhmshen.


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