Taiwan To Use Singapore As Model For Digital Asset Regulation

Taiwanese financial regulators are taking a page from the book of their Singaporean counterparts. On November 24, 2017, Wellington Koo, the chairman of Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission, explained that on cryptocurrency matters, the agency will follow the lead of Singaporean regulators.

In August 2017, the Monetary Authority of Singapore released digital asset guidance, clarifying that digital tokens designated as securities under the Securities and Futures Act will have their offerings and issuance regulated by the MAS. According to Koo’s statements, the FSC will fashion its legal framework similarly.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission set the precedent for understanding tokens as securities in July 2017 when it published a report concluding that tokens from The DAO qualify as securities. However, not all tokens qualify as securities – there may be exceptions. ETHNews previously explored the classification of coins, tokens, and securities.

Koo also explained Friday that Taiwan will send an FSC official to discuss financial supervisory issues at a private-sector meeting in China. Financial regulators from Taiwan and China last met in 2015. While Taiwan appears relatively friendly toward blockchain and cryptocurrency development, China has notoriously forbidden token offerings (ICOs) and stymied cryptocurrency exchanges.