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COBS 22.6 Prohibition on the retail marketing, distribution and sale of cryptoasset derivatives and cryptoasset exchange traded notes

Application

COBS 22.6.1R
COBS 22.6.2G

12In addition to the persons listed above, persons (including unauthorised persons) who benefit from a temporary exemption or exclusion from the general prohibition under:2

  1. (1)

    Part 7 of the EU Exit Passport Regulations; or2

  2. (2)

    Part 4 of the Electronic Commerce and Solvency 2 (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/1361)2

are required to comply with the rules in this section as a consequence of:2

  1. (3)

    regulation 59 of the EU Exit Passport Regulations; or2

  2. (4)

    regulation 19 of the Electronic Commerce and Solvency 2 (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.2

COBS 22.6.3G

12Firms and TP firms2 are reminded that the Glossary definition of MiFID investment firm includes CRD credit institutions when those institutions are providing an investment service or activity.

COBS 22.6.4G

12For the avoidance of doubt, in COBS 22.6.1R, “marketing” includes communicating and/or approving financial promotions, and “distribution or sale” includes dealing in relation to cryptoasset derivatives and cryptoasset exchange traded notes.

Prohibitions

COBS 22.6.5R
  1. (1)

    12A firm or TP firm2 must not:

    1. (a)

      sell a cryptoasset derivative or a cryptoasset exchange traded note to a retail client; or

    2. (b)

      distribute a cryptoasset derivative or a cryptoasset exchange traded note to a retail client; or

    3. (c)

      market a cryptoasset derivative or a cryptoasset exchange traded note if the marketing is addressed to or disseminated in such a way that it is likely to be received by a retail client.

  2. (2)

    “Marketing” includes, but is not limited to, communicating and/or approving financial promotions.