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Coinbase secures restricted dealer license in Canada

Coinbase now has two entities in Canada: Coinbase Canada, with an international dealer license, and Coinbase, registered as a restricted dealer.



Source: Cointelegraph

The United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has secured restricted dealer licenses in Canada, doubling down on global expansion amid regulatory crackdown at home.

Coinbase has obtained a new license in Canada, becoming registered in Ontario as a restricted dealer under the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), the firm officially announced on April 3.

The new authorization officially established Coinbase as a legally operating cryptocurrency firm in Canada. «The registration is the culmination of months of hard work, starting in March 2023 when we signed an Enhanced Pre-Registration Undertaking that signified our dedication to regulatory compliance and operational excellence,» the announcement notes

According to CSA’s national registration data, there are two Coinbase-related entities registered in Canada, including Coinbase Incorporated, which is registered as a restricted dealer. The other one, Coinbase Canada, is registered as an international dealer.

Coinbase Canada and Coinbase Inc national registration data. Source: CSA

According to CSA, restricted dealer registration is “a special kind of dealing registration used for firms that do not quite fit under any other category.” Regulators establish individual requirements for firms with this status.

International dealers are not allowed to trade with Canadian customers in equity or debt securities of Canadian issuers other than government issuers, according to legal intelligence source JD Supra.

Coinbase’s new license in Canada is not the first big move by the crypto exchange in the country. The exchange officially launched in Canada in August 2023 and subsequently expanded its services to Canadians through a partnership with the local financial services firm Peoples Trust Company.

As of April 2024, Coinbase has a tech hub located in Canada with nearly 200 full-time local employees, the company said in the new announcement.

Some rival exchanges like Kraken have been taking steps to receive registered dealer registration in Canada. Kraken filed in March 2023 a pre-registration undertaking with the Ontario Securities Commission in Canada seeking restricted dealer status as well.

The move aimed to help Kraken comply with the CSA’s new guidance for crypto asset trading platforms issued in February 2023.

According to the new requirements, local crypto trading platforms should comply with stricter custody standards, restrictions on the use of leverage and a ban on trading stablecoins without prior written consent from the CSA.

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