Since the ICO boom in 2017, governments around the world began settling on different approaches to regulating the crypto industry. Many legislatures and regulators proactively drafted new laws, regulations, guidance and frameworks for the crypto industry. Others used investigatory authorities and enforcement actions to regulate the industry. We expect that governments around the world will remain active for the foreseeable future as cryptoassets become more mainstream.

Financial institutions offering crypto-related services are expected to assess, address, and mitigate the risks associated with these cryptoassets, which includes fulfilling their anti-money laundering and combatting the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) obligations.

Our new publication, Crypto Around the World, takes a look at cryptoasset regulations across various jurisdictions. The guide follows a questionnaire format, with twenty questions focused on:

  • Laws or provisions transposing the Fifth Money Laundering Directive (5MLD) with regard to crypto/virtual assets
  • Regulations on crypto/virtual asset providers and related professions
  • Protection for investors of crypto/virtual assets (e.g., consumer law, advertising, financial compensation scheme, and others)
  • Regulation of initial coin offerings (ICOs)
  • Relevant tax provisions
  • Relevant financial services regulatory/licensing regimes
  • Other important and specific rules and provisions

Download the guide.


Iris Barsan is a Counsel in Baker McKenzie Paris. She mainly advises clients in banking and financial regulation related matters as well as in compliance.


Christopher Murrer is an associate in the FinTech, International Tax and Wealth Management practice groups of Baker McKenzie Zurich. Christopher advises multi-national financial institutions in matters of regulatory compliance, with a particular focus relating to tax investigations involving the US Department of Justice.


Julian is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Financial Services Group in London. He advises financial institutions including international and local fintechs, investment and retail banks, asset managers, investment advisers, payment services firms and product issuers on compliance with UK and European regulatory obligations.