How are crypto exchanges regulated in the Cayman Islands?
They may be regulated as "virtual asset trading platforms" under the Virtual Asset (Service Providers) Law, 2020. This requires a licence from the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA).
According to CIMA (VASP Law)
last revised 25 May 2020
(2) For the purposes of this Law, “virtual asset trading platform” means a centralized or decentralized digital platform —
(a) which facilitates the exchange of virtual assets for fiat currency or other virtual assets on behalf of third parties for a fee, commission, spread or other benefit; and
(b) which —
(i) holds custody of or controls virtual assets on behalf of its clients to facilitate an exchange; or (ii) purchases virtual assets from a seller when transactions or bids and offers are matched in order to sell them to a buyer,
and includes its owner or operator, but does not include a platform that only provides a forum where sellers and buyers may post bids and offers and a forum where the parties trade in a separate platform or in a peer-to-peer manner.
Registration or licence required
4. (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), a person shall not carry on, or purport to carry on, virtual asset service in or from within the Islands unless that person —
(b) in the case of the provision of virtual asset custodial services or the operation of a virtual asset trading platform, holds a virtual asset service licence;