How is the industry preparing to comply with MiCAR?

Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation Conference to Bring Together European Experts, Key Industry Stakeholders, and Traditional Banking Actors, in Tallinn, on Thursday, 26 October 2023.

The conference “How is the industry preparing to comply with MiCAR?”, co-organised by the Estonian Web3 Chamber and CoinsPaid, will provide an opportunity to discuss the Regulation on Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCAR), as well as the development of the policy mandates – technical standards, guidelines and regulatory products – that the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) are responsible for. This conference is a follow-up to the April 2023 “MiCA entering into force” conference.

Committed to unravelling the intricacies of the MiCA Regulation, the conference aims to initiate open dialogues, facilitate knowledge sharing, and foster strategic discussions. We have no doubt that this event will be beneficial not just to our crypto payment gateway but to the industry as a whole. The agenda will encompass four sessions:

  1. Crypto-assets and traditional finance: How the financial industry is preparing for MiCAR
  2. MiCAR and the development of its policy mandates: State of play
  3. On the road to MiCAR 2: What’s next?
  4. How is MiCAR impacting Fintech and service providers?

The conference proudly presents prominent figures in crypto-assets regulation and will include a lineup of the best European speakers on the topic, including:

  • Christiana Vovidou, Policy Officer in the “Digital Finance” Unit in the Directorate General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union at the European Commission;
  • Oleg Shmeljov, (Acting) Head of Digital Finance Unit, European Banking Authority (EBA);
  • Thomas Auväärt, Deputy Head of the Financial Services Policy Department, Ministry of Finance of Estonia;
  • Luca Astorri, Regulation Office, Regulatory Strategies Division at CONSOB – the Italian Financial Services Authority, Member of the ESMA Digital Finance Standing Committee;
  • Matis Mäeker, Head of the Estonian Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU);
  • Diederik Bruggink, Head of Department – Payments, Digital Finance and Innovation, European Savings and Retail Banking Group. (WSBI-ESBG);
  • Raido Saar, President of the Estonian Web3 Chamber;
  • Alexandre Pinot, Co-Founder | Head of Innovation & Strategy at AMLYZE;
  • Darius Kulikauskas, CEO at Pervesk | Partner at Bankera;
  • Carolin Kullarand, Senior AML Analyst, Global Compliance at Binance;
  • Maria Akulenko, Head of Legal and Compliance at CoinsPaid;
  • Magnus Jones, Nordic Blockchain & Innovation Lead at EY Tax & Law;
  • Genevieve Douhet, Cryptoassets Program Director, Global Transaction & Payment Services at Societe Generale;
  • Krista Ševerev, Associate at the Finance and Insurance team at Sorainen;
  • Monica Monaco, Owner and Managing Director, TrustEuAffairs.

We eagerly anticipate engaging in lively discussions that will encompass the trajectory of cryptocurrency compliance under this innovative regulation. MiCAR’s unwavering focus on safeguarding investors and preserving market integrity holds the potential to even greater confidence in the crypto market. Concurrently, its drive to promote universal and easily understood standards has the power to ignite a shift towards services built on the foundation of quality and security, rather than mere reliance on regulatory advantages. The participation of distinguished experts at the conference stands as a testament to the pivotal role MiCA plays within the cryptocurrency sphere.

Maria Akulenko

Head of Legal and Compliance at CoinsPaid