03 Jul '13, 10am

Exclusive: Bitcoin exchanges are trying to get approved by the UK financial regulator.

Exclusive: Bitcoin exchanges are trying to get approved by the UK financial regulator.

LEADING Bitcoin exchanges are campaigning for the City regulator to bring the fast-growing virtual currency within its remit, City A.M. has learnt. The companies want the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to give them the same approved status as other firms in the financial services sector – a move which the exchanges believe will help them build trust with the public. But the FCA has yet to approve a licence for a Bitcoin exchange on the basis that it is not within its powers to regulate businesses associated with the decentralised currency. Exchanges enable users to purchase and trade the virtual currency using more traditional forms of payment. “We have hired a company to have the dialogue with the FCA,” said Nejc Kodric, chief executive of Bitstamp, the world’s second largest Bitcoin exchange by volume. “We have an open dialogue and have got an opinion from [the FCA] –...

Full article: http://www.cityam.com/article/bitcoin-exchanges-ask-uk-re...

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