23 CRR-NY 200.4NY-CRR

OFFICIAL COMPILATION OF CODES, RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
TITLE 23. FINANCIAL SERVICES
CHAPTER I. REGULATIONS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
PART 200. VIRTUAL CURRENCIES
23 CRR-NY 200.4
23 CRR-NY 200.4
200.4 Application.
(a) Application for a license required under this Part shall be in writing, under oath, and in a form prescribed by the superintendent, and shall contain the following:
(1) the exact name of the applicant, including any doing business as name, the form of organization, the date of organization, and the jurisdiction where organized or incorporated;
(2) a list of all of the applicant’s affiliates and an organization chart illustrating the relationship among the applicant and such affiliates;
(3) a list of, and detailed biographical information for, each individual applicant and each director, principal officer, principal stockholder, and principal beneficiary of the applicant, as applicable, including such individual’s name, physical and mailing addresses, and information and documentation regarding such individual’s personal history, experience, and qualification, which shall be accompanied by a form of authority, executed by such individual, to release information to the department;
(4) a background report prepared by an independent investigatory agency acceptable to the superintendent for each individual applicant, and each principal officer, principal stockholder, and principal beneficiary of the applicant, as applicable;
(5) for each individual applicant; for each principal officer, principal stockholder, and principal beneficiary of the applicant, as applicable; and for all individuals to be employed by the applicant who have access to any customer funds, whether denominated in fiat currency or virtual currency:
(i) a set of completed fingerprints, or a receipt indicating the vendor (which vendor must be acceptable to the superintendent) at which, and the date when, the fingerprints were taken, for submission to the State Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
(ii) if applicable, such processing fees as prescribed by the superintendent; and
(iii) two portrait-style photographs of the individuals measuring not more than two inches by two inches;
(6) an organization chart of the applicant and its management structure, including its principal officers or senior management, indicating lines of authority and the allocation of duties among its principal officers or senior management;
(7) a current financial statement for the applicant and each principal officer, principal stockholder, and principal beneficiary of the applicant, as applicable, and a projected balance sheet and income statement for the following year of the applicant’s operation;
(8) a description of the proposed, current, and historical business of the applicant, including detail on the products and services provided and to be provided, all associated website addresses, the jurisdictions in which the applicant is engaged in business, the principal place of business, the primary market of operation, the projected customer base, any specific marketing targets, and the physical address of any operation in New York;
(9) details of all banking arrangements;
(10) all written policies and procedures required by, or related to, the requirements of this Part;
(11) an affidavit describing any pending or threatened administrative, civil, or criminal action, litigation, or proceeding before any governmental agency, court, or arbitration tribunal against the applicant or any of its directors, principal officers, principal stockholders, and principal beneficiaries, as applicable, including the names of the parties, the nature of the proceeding, and the current status of the proceeding;
(12) verification from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance that the applicant is compliant with all New York State tax obligations in a form acceptable to the superintendent;
(13) if applicable, a copy of any insurance policies maintained for the benefit of the applicant, its directors or officers, or its customers;
(14) an explanation of the methodology used to calculate the value of virtual currency in fiat currency; and
(15) such other additional information as the superintendent may require.
(b) As part of such application, the applicant shall demonstrate that it will be compliant with all of the requirements of this Part upon licensing.
(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of this section, the superintendent may in his or her sole discretion and consistent with the purposes and intent of the Financial Services Law and this Part approve an application by granting a conditional license.
(1) A conditional license may be issued to an applicant that does not satisfy all of the regulatory requirements upon licensing.
(2) A licensee that holds a conditional license may be subject to heightened review, whether in regard to the scope and frequency of examination or otherwise.
(3) Unless the superintendent removes the conditional status of or renews a conditional license, said license shall expire two years after its date of issuance.
(i) The superintendent may in his or her sole discretion and consistent with the purposes and intent of the Financial Services Law and this Part:
(a) renew a conditional license for an additional length of time; or
(b) remove the conditional status from a conditional license.
(4) A conditional license may be suspended or revoked pursuant to section 200.6 of this Part.
(5) A conditional license may impose any reasonable condition or conditions, as determined by the superintendent in his or her sole discretion.
(6) The superintendent may remove any condition or conditions from a conditional license that has been issued.
(7) In determining whether to issue a conditional license, renew or remove the conditional status of a conditional license, or impose or remove any specific conditions on a conditional license, the superintendent may consider any relevant factor or factors. Relevant factors may include but are not limited to:
(i) the nature and scope of the applicant’s or licensee’s business;
(ii) the anticipated volume of business to be transacted by the applicant or licensee;
(iii) the nature and scope of the risks that the applicant’s or licensee’s business presents to consumers, virtual currency markets, financial markets, and the general public;
(iv) the measures which the applicant or licensee has taken to limit or mitigate the risks its business presents;
(v) whether the applicant or licensee is registered with FinCEN;
(vi) whether the applicant or licensee is licensed, registered, or otherwise authorized by any governmental or self-regulatory authority to engage in financial services or other business activities;
(vii) the applicant’s or licensee’s financial services or other business experience; and
(viii) the licensee’s history as a holder of a conditional license issued by the superintendent.
(d) The superintendent may permit that any application for a license under this Part, or any other submission required by this Part, be made or executed by electronic means.
23 CRR-NY 200.4
Current through March 15, 2020
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