April 4, 2024
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Coinbase Expands Presence with Restricted Dealer Licenses in Canada

The U.S., cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has made a strategic move by securing restricted dealer licenses in Canada, signaling its commitment to global expansion.

Official Entry into Canadian Market

Coinbase’s latest development involves obtaining a restricted dealer license in Ontario, as officially disclosed by the firm on April 3. This milestone solidifies Coinbase’s legal standing as a cryptocurrency entity operating in Canada. The company emphasized the culmination of months of diligent efforts toward regulatory compliance and operational excellence.

According to the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), there are now two Coinbase-related entities registered in Canada, including Coinbase Incorporated, registered as a restricted dealer, and Coinbase Canada, registered as an international dealer.

Navigating Regulatory Landscape

Restricted dealer registration offers a unique regulatory framework for firms like Coinbase that don’t neatly fit into other categories.

Each firm with this status is subject to individualized requirements set by regulators. Notably, international dealers like Coinbase Canada are restricted from trading certain securities without prior consent.

Coinbase’s expansion into Canada isn’t new; the exchange initially launched its services in the country in August 2023. Since then, it has bolstered its presence through partnerships and local initiatives, boasting nearly 200 full-time employees in its Canadian tech hub.

Compliance and Competition

Coinbase’s move echoes the steps taken by rival exchanges like Kraken, which also pursued restricted dealer registration in Canada in response to evolving regulatory guidelines.

These guidelines impose stricter standards on custody, leverage, and stablecoin trading, reflecting the authorities’ efforts to ensure market integrity and investor protection in the cryptocurrency space.

As Coinbase continues its global expansion, its strategic maneuvers in regulatory landscapes like Canada highlight the complex interplay between compliance, competition, and the evolving nature of cryptocurrency regulation.

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