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KYC / AML: What do lending companies need to ask their users to be compliant in Mexico?

If we’ve learned something in the last few months, it’s that the industry of lending and microcredits is booming in Mexico, with companies like Konfio receiving more than USD $100 million in recent weeks. And all these companies have something in common: they need to be compliant with Mexican financial sector laws and regulations, which is easier said than done – especially for those who are just launching here.

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How Identity Verification Will Take Finance (and Crypto) Mainstream

What does something as boring as compliance software have to do with financial inclusion, decentralization, or economic development of underdeveloped countries? In short, the lack of modularized legal identity is a peg blocking a domino effect of development in inclusive finance, e-commerce, the service economy, and the promised land of a peer-to-peer economy built on top of blockchains. My goal is to share with you the roadmap, and the bet we’ve made— that standardizing identity will do for the world what a brick did for architecture.

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Crypto in Mexico: Is All Hope Lost?

Mexico was the first country to issue sector-specific regulations for FinTech companies, published in March 2018 (the “FinTech Law”). Among other subjects, it addressed companies which use digital assets, provide financial advisory, carry out crowdfunding, and perform electronic payments. Later that year, in September, the complementary regulations were issued. Still, a lot of loopholes with regard to digital assets were still pending, which is why a further complementary regulation was discussed and worked on.

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FinCEN on Crypto, and How It Affects You

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued several rules which must be followed by anyone dealing with currency (“real” or virtual), in any way. The FinCEN has defined what it deems as a user, an administrator, and an exchanger of virtual currency, on the understanding that “virtual currency” is regarded as a medium of exchange accepted like currency in some environments, but lacking the legal tender status.

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