Dubai regulator awards Komainu MVP licence

The provider is the first ‘dedicated’ institutional digital asset custodian to receive this approval from VARA


A Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 24 Nov 2022, 7:26 PM

Komainu, a regulated digital asset custody provider, has received the minimal viable product (MVP) licence from Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA), following the issuance of its provisional approval in July this year.

The MVP licence means that Komainu can offer an approved range of virtual asset-related services to institutional investors in Dubai within an internationally benchmarked legislative framework for virtual asset service providers (VASPs) following completion of its readiness requirements.

The transition to an MVP licence, from a provisional approval received earlier this year, means Komainu can provide institutional clients in the UAE with virtual assets custodial services as well as management services.

Komainu MEA is the first ‘dedicated’ institutional digital asset custodian to receive its MVP licence approval from VARA.

VARA is the world's first specialised regulator for the virtual assets sector. Established in March 2022, VARA is responsible for licensing and regulating the virtual asset sector in Dubai, and oversees all licensing requirements for authorisation of virtual asset activities under UAE law.

The regulator plays a central role in creating Dubai's advanced legal framework to protect investors and establish international standards for virtual asset industry governance, which will allow the region to become one of the world's most favourable jurisdictions for virtual asset initiatives.

Komainu acts as key gatekeeper to institutions gaining exposure to the virtual asset industry with the provision of secure and regulated virtual asset custody services for blockchain and beyond. Over the years, Komainu has established itself as one of the leading virtual asset custody providers for institutional clients, providing the same safeguards and protections investors are accustomed to in traditional finance. Its services have been designed by security, financial services and cryptocurrency experts and have been reviewed independently by external auditors.

Chairman of VARA Helal Saeed Al-Marri said, “In this current phase of heightened global appreciation for responsible virtual asset participant, VARA is pleased to onboard our first tradFi VASP, Komainu, to join the MVP phase of the regulatory regime. Participation from the VA specialist ventures of deeply respected global financial institutions allows VARA the opportunity to structure interoperable guidelines and risk mitigation levers for secure market operations.

"The VARA regime is structured to catalyse collaboration and prioritise public protection with a mission to provide a progressive regulatory framework for the virtual assets industry. We look forward to active engagement with Komainu and other select global players during this phase”.

Nicolas Bertrand, CEO of Komainu, commented: “We continue to be very excited by the development of the virtual asset industry in the UAE and are keen to have a strong positive impact in the region. Komainu actively works with regulators, partners and our clients to make sure that our platform and the overall industry is held to the highest of standards to facilitate the wide adoption of virtual assets by institutions. With the full MVP licence now granted by VARA, we look forward to launching our services in the MEA region and assist institutions in gaining exposure to virtual assets, whilst relying on secure and regulated virtual asset custody services.”


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