VerifyVASP Wins Hong Kong’s IFTA Fintech and Innovation Awards 2022/23: Regulatory Technology Award


VerifyVASP was awarded the Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia (IFTA) Fintech and Innovation Awards 2022/23 for Regulatory Technology. The awards exhibit the extraordinary achievements made by companies and individuals in the finance and technology industries.

The IFTA Awards, themed “Game Changers: The Rise of Next Gen Fintech”, celebrates ground-breaking ideas and technologies that are shaping the future of finance. The distinguished Guest of Honour presenting the IFTA awards was the Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury for Financial Services in the Hong Kong SAR, Mr. Joseph Ho-Lim Chan.

VerifyVASP has established itself as a comprehensive Travel Rule solution provider catering to Virtual Assets Service Providers (VASPs) worldwide. Its commitment to facilitating full compliance with Travel Rule regulations across multiple jurisdictions has earned it this prestigious recognition.

This accolade comes at an opportune time, as VerifyVASP supports the Hong Kong Virtual Asset Trading Platforms (VATPs) in adhering to the regulatory framework set forth by the Hong Kong Securities & Futures Commission, which came into effect on 1 June 2023. VATPs are granted a grace period till 1 January 2024 to ensure compliance with Travel Rule requirements.

The IFTA Fintech and Innovation Award underscores VerifyVASP’s capabilities, including:

  • Facilitation of counterparty due diligence: VerifyVASP assists VASPs in counterparty due diligence before the first transaction, to stringent standards akin to that observed in correspondent banking. This is achieved through VerifyVASP’s own rigorous due diligence process, encompassing over 100 VASPs.
  • Immediate and secure transmission: Leveraging a scalable architecture, VerifyVASP ensures immediate and secure transmission of required information, alongside verification of such information. To date, the platform has processed over 5 million transfers.
  • Adherence to international data protection laws: VerifyVASP complies with international data protection law thanks to its decentralised, end to end encrypted architecture. This dedication to data security and privacy sets it apart in the industry.
  • Asset agnostic: VerifyVASP’s capabilities extend to accommodating any type of virtual asset, having processed over 400 cryptocurrency variants on its platform.
  • Integration of third-party screening solutions: VerifyVASP seamlessly integrates third-party solutions, allowing for efficient screening of originators or beneficiaries before blockchain transactions.



VerifyVASP Launches Travel Rule Working Group with 14 Korean Virtual Asset Service Providers


VerifyVASP launches the Travel Rule Working Group (TRWG – Korea) in association with 14 operators who have completed the virtual asset service provider registration process in Korea. The Travel Rule Working Group will utilize VerifyVASP’s end-to-end encrypted messaging protocol to satisfy the Travel Rule requirement by the end of March, which is the deadline to comply with Travel Rule in Korea under the “Act on Reporting and Using Specified Financial Transaction Information”.

APROBIT, Beeblock, Cashierest, COIN & COIN, COREDAX, Flata, FLYBIT, FOBLGATE, GOPAX, Hanbitco, Huobi Korea, OkBit, TENNTEN, and PROBIT are among those who are participating in the Travel Rule Working Group. The VerifyVASP team anticipates additional participation from other businesses who have completed the virtual asset service provider reporting process. The Travel Rule Working Group plans to complete all the necessary integration and testing by mid-February before conducting a month long pilot, expecting stable operations in full compliance with the regulatory requirements before the end of March.

In December 2021, VerifyVASP attracted strategic investment  from Chainalysis, the blockchain data platform. The company provides  data, software, services, and research to government agencies, exchanges, financial institutions, and insurance and cybersecurity companies in over 60 countries. VerifyVASP also adopted InterVASP Messaging Standard (IVMS101), the international messaging standard for transmitting Travel Rule Information, which is essential for the solution to link licensed VASPs not only in Korea, but also with other VASPs, globally. VerifyVASP’s end-to-end encryption technology seeks to protect personal information according to the requirements of various jurisdictions including the European Union’s GDPR.

“In accordance with FATF’s recommendations, compliance with the Travel Rules is a global trend, and over the past few years we have put our resources into develop a stable solution which fully complies with regulatory requirements,” said Jae-Hyeon Park, CEO of Lambda256, the technology partner of VerifyVASP. Ulisse Dell‘Orto, director of VerifyVASP and Managing Director Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) at Chainalysis expressed his ambitions for the partnership with VerifyVASP: “We have been pioneering Travel Rule adoption in South Korea and plan to expand both regionally and globally to provide more transparency to the global virtual asset industry and help it grow safely and responsibly.”


VerifyVASP Launches a Travel Rule Solution in Singapore


VerifyVASP has officially launched its travel rule compliance solution today. VerifyVASP is a Singapore-based B2B service provider that is established specifically to assist virtual asset service providers (“VASP”) to comply with FATF’s Travel Rule requirements. The Travel Rule is an AML-initiative that requires VASP to share or exchange relevant information to mitigate against AML and CFT risks. The FATF Travel Rule Recommendation has been adopted into Singapore regulation via MAS Notice PSN02.

VerifyVASP was developed in close collaboration with Lambda256 Inc. and the design architecture is based upon a decentralized protocol that facilitates information sharing between VASP, immediately and securely, via API communication while utilizing strong encryption algorithm to secure data in transmission. On its decentralized architecture, VerifyVASP protocol mitigates the risk associated with the sharing and transmission of personal data whilst supporting the transfer of all types of digital asset. Additionally, in collaboration with Chainalysis, VerifyVASP will highlight AML/CFT risk related information upon any alerted digital asset transfer. VerifyVASP adopts the interVASP Messaging Standard (IVMS101) data format which help harmonise common messaging standard, paving the way for future inter-operability with other solution providers. To demonstrate its robustness, effectiveness, security and governance, VerifyVASP is in the process of an independent audit of its solution under SOC2 and OSPAR standard.

“With the increasing focus by most governments and regulators to implement FATF’s travel rule, the VerifyVASP solution is a very timely initiative for the digital asset industry to enable VASP to foster their monitoring control and be regulatory compliant, whilst minimising the disruption on the business operation of the VASPs,” said VerifyVASP spokesperson.

VerifyVASP is currently open to onboard VASPs, who are required to comply with FATF’s Travel Rule or MAS Value Transfer and will provide exclusive benefit to commemorate its official launch. As a member of Singapore’s Fintech Association and Blockchain Association of Singapore, VerifyVASP welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with VASPs, other solution providers, various regulatory authorities, industry bodies, blockchain associations and other stakeholders from the industry. VerifyVASP will regularly consult and solicit feedback in its bid to continuously strive towards facilitating a smooth, expedient and cost friendly regulatory compliant solution.