Category: Crypto

Ready-made Company with a Crypto-Licence in Estonia

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Ready-made Company with a Crypto-Licence in EstoniaReady-made companies are inactive corporate organisations that have passed the state registration and have all the necessary details for the implementation of their activities. Purchasing of a ready-made/shelf company should be a balanced decision in order to protect you from unreasonable risks.

LKS Consult OÜ  offers ready-made companies for sale. It is important to mention that all listed Estonian shelf companies have submitted annual reports and have a transparent history.

Purchase of an Estonian shelf company can be an excellent solution to optimise your business in the European Single Market. LKS Consult OÜ  highlights the following advantages of Estonian jurisdiction when purchasing a ready-made/shelf company:

  • Favorable taxation: income tax – 0%
  • Integration into EU jurisdiction and the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Online business management using an e-Resident card
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Simplified Commercial Code and accounting rules
  • Lack of exchange controls

The process

  1. Choosing a company from the list on our website
  2. Choosing a suitable way of transferring the company
  3. By visit
  4. By power of attorney
  5. With an e-Residency card
  6. Providing us with all the necessary information for document preparation
  7. Once documents are ready, the transfer of the company will be set by the notary
  8. The company will be transferred within 5 business days

More information

  • It is possible to change a company name.
  • Companies do not have any debts.
  • All companies have filed annual reports for the previous year.

In order to buy a company as soon as possible and reduce your stay in Estonia to one day, we will need to have all the necessary information and prepare the documents in advance.

Before coming to Estonia to buy a company, please send the following information:

  • Intended date of your visit
  • Owners/Beneficiaries of a Company
  • Name of a Company Director

After receiving the necessary information, we will make an appointment with a notary and will prepare all necessary documents.

Risks of obtaining a ready-made company with a crypto-licence

Under certain circumstances, the licence is issued for a specific project with a particular owner/director/KYC/AML officer. The identities, risk assessments and KYC/AML documents are carefully checked while obtaining the licence.

In that way, if a company with a crypto-licence changes an owner/director/KYC/AML officer, a regulator will study the project again. There is a risk that the permit will be revoked since it was issued for a different company with a specific activity.

The exact amount of time is usually spent on checking and verifying documents of new owners as it is spent on obtaining a new crypto-licence, which is about two months.

Cryptocurrency licence

The IT jurisdiction of Estonia is considered as the mildest of its kind with facilitated conditions for obtaining a cryptocurrency exchange licence for start-ups in the blockchain technology industry. In other words, a so-called crypto-licence is an official permission to conduct a regulated cryptocurrency business. Several new cryptocurrency and trading platforms are created every week, and a significant part of them had been licensed in Estonia, since the local order presupposes a quicker process of obtaining a crypto-licence than, for example, in the jurisdictions of other countries.

A team of experts from LKS Consult OÜ will accompany your project through all the necessary procedures in the preparation of documents and obtaining the legal permission from the authorities to launch your crypto-business. We also provide full support when registering Estonian companies.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Virtual Currency Licence in Estonia

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There are many ways to obtain virtual currency, including digitized, stored, sold, and accepted as a form of payment by individuals and institutions.

A fast-growing trend in cryptocurrency has taken over the global economy. Cryptocurrency investments are still beneficial, despite the debates over its fragility.

Due to its reliability, accessibility, and independence, cryptocurrency surpasses traditional payment methods. Cryptocurrencies can also be used as a modern method of earning money in addition to allowing enterprises to invest.

There are several reasons why investors from around the world invest in the Estonian cryptocurrency market. Estonian law provides certain advantages to cryptocurrency businesses. The following are among them:

  • The work is fully legal
  • Government regulation contributes to credibility and stability
  • The tax system should be transparent
  • A market brimming with enthusiasm
  • Online applications are available for all applications

Estonia also does not impose a corporate tax. A 20% corporate income tax applies to only distributed profits of 20/80 of the net profit distribution. The Estonian tax system allows companies to reinvest profits tax-free, so they are able to benefit from a tax-free investment scheme.


As a result of Directive No. 2015/849 adopted by the European Parliament and Council, the Republic of Estonia entered into force a new Law on Money Laundering and Terror Financing on November 27, 2017. Companies are permitted to provide customers with exchange, transfer, and storage services of crypto and virtual currencies with the following licences:

  1. Fiat-to-virtual currency exchange license for the provider
  2. Service provider’s license for virtual currency wallets

Fiat currency can be exchanged for cryptocurrency and vice versa with the first type of licence. Virtual currency e-wallets are allowed under the second license.

Virtual currency service providers will, however, be regarded as “financial institutions” as of March 10, 2020. A virtual currency service provider license was thus created by merging both licenses. All Estonian financial institutions must comply with the same reporting rules and regulations as crypto companies.


Cryptocurrency licenses can be applied for by members of the company’s Board of Directors. License applications can be submitted electronically with an e-Resident card at a notary in Tallinn or through our representatives who will be able to apply on your behalf using the power of attorney you provide us.

Applicants for a cryptocurrency license must pay a fee of 3,300 EUR. Payment is required to be made to the Estonian Ministry of Finance (FIU). Upon submission of an application, the Bureau of Data decides whether the Money Laundering (RAB) license will be granted within 60 working days. The ease of the process does not mean that the regulations are not taken seriously.

As a result of recent amendments to the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act, companies applying for Estonian crypto-licences have been required to meet the following stricter parameters:

  • Before applying for a crypto-licence, a crypto-company must pay its full share capital of 12,000 EUR. Besides financing the company’s commercial activities, this amount can be used to finance its other activities as well.
  • It costs 3,300 euros to register with the Estonian government.
  • Applicants must have corporate IBAN accounts. Crypto-companies cannot open bank accounts with Estonian banks. The European Electronic Money Institution, however, allows companies to open accounts.
  • An Estonian Management Board is required, as well as an Estonian location for the business.
  • Estonian legal offices are required for companies applying for licenses.
  • Estonian citizens are required to serve as Company Directors.
  • An interview with a RAB will be required after the KYC/AML officer has applied for a crypto-licence.


Opening a bank account is a major challenge for crypto-enterprises. In Estonia, it is not possible to open a bank account because no Estonian bank works with high-risk companies (Crypto, Gambling, Gaming, CBD, Adults). Crypto-businesses are under stringent supervision as quite often their owners tend to run fraud operations and break the law by, for example, sponsoring terrorism.

More and more cryptocurrency businesses continue to develop and emerge, despite traditional banking institutions’ slow adaptation to virtual currencies’ contemporary world reality. Getting a banking account is an important step for any crypto company since it is required to operate, serve customers, and receive payments.

Additionally, companies in high-risk industries require more expense and complexity to open and maintain accounts than companies in other industries. Document collection and compliance with regulations are the most challenging parts of the process.

When it comes to crypto businesses, which face a higher level of risk, risk assessment is also important, as it helps prevent unexpected problems. A risk assessment and a detailed market overview can be obtained by consulting professionals.

We will work with you to determine the most suitable and profitable crypto-company solution and save you money and time. After analysing many banks and payment service providers, we found the best options for high-risk businesses to open an account. As an Estonian law firm and accounting firm, we offer a range of services.

Getting a cryptocurrency license from LKS Consult OÜ will be easy with the help of our specialists. We offer an all-inclusive package called Company & Crypto-Licence in Estonia based on customers’ needs from around the world, which includes the registration of an Estonian company and all the necessary services for obtaining a crypto-license. Assisting with:

  • Documentation preparation.
  • Establishing a company’s KYC and procedural rules.
  • Support during the entire license application process, including translation of documents into Estonian.

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What are Cryptocurrency Funds

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]crypto-fund estoniaSo far, digital currency-based funds are the best solution for investors who have no experience with crypto assets but want to make a profit.

The interest in cryptocurrency is growing these days rapidly. However, if an investor doesn’t have experience with crypto assets but wants to start making money from them, the best solution is to use cryptocurrency funds. It will be the best way to enter the market. 

LKS Consult OÜ explains how the funds operate.

Cryptocurrency funds can be compared to conventional exchange funds linked to a certain sector of the economy, but in this case, they are linked to digital money.

Such funds purchase mainly bitcoin and other liquid promising cryptocurrencies. The profit, in this case, will depend on the growth of cryptocurrency quotes. These funds may have a margin of flexibility in cash to actively manage their position in the cryptocurrency market. Once the purchased assets have grown in value enough, they are sold, and investors get their share of the profits.

Short- and long-term investments in cryptocurrency funds now seem reasonable. However, LKS Consult OÜ reminds you that it also involves risks. When investing in a large cryptocurrency fund, all key risks are predetermined, and the investor may be more comfortable with their funds.

Large crypto-funds predict a certain risk management policy, which outlines the levels of risk capital (potential losses) and the level of balance that will be returned to the investor. Still, please remember, cryptocurrencies, like all assets, can not only grow but also fall.

When choosing a cryptocurrency fund, it is essential to explore the market’s reputation and the history of how it works. One sign of fraudulent funds is the promise of guaranteed high returns to investors.

Large crypto-funds

Large cryptocurrency funds are an essential part of the crypto-infrastructure. They act as intermediaries between the cryptologist and institutional investors whose entry into the market has become a critical factor in its growth. The more funds and the larger they are, the more mature the entire crypto-scope becomes.

Grayscale Investments is the largest cryptocurrency fund. It is owned by Digital Currency Group (DCG), which also owns CoinDesk crypto-media. Grayscale now manages assets worth over $45 billion. In 2019, that amount was $0.6 billion, and in early 2020, it was $1.8 billion. In addition, the foundation has several trusts, focusing on a single coin — for example, Grayscale Bitcoin Trust and Grayscale Ethereum Trust.

Polychain Capital is the premier investor in cryptocurrency protocols and companies with more than $1.100 billion of assets under management. It is an American fund with an active management strategy, invests only in cryptocurrencies, not crypto-companies. It has been operating since 2016.

Pantera Bitcoin Fund was founded in 2003 in the United States as a traditional investment fund. In 2013, he focused on cryptocurrency and venture capital investments in the blockchain company. It has $810 billion of assets under management.

CoinShares was launched in 2014, and it became Europe’s first and largest bitcoin investment fund. Having offered the world’s first bitcoin-based securities in 2015, the company has gone on to command investment firms outside of crypto with more than $1 billion of assets.

CoinCapital is a hedge fund specializing in cryptocurrencies, ICO and blockchain startups. The threshold of entry for individual investors is from $2.1 million.

Multicoin Capital is an active trading fund that invests in more than 10 cryptocurrencies and about two dozen blockchain startups, among which is the largest cryptocurrency, Binance.

BlockTower was founded in 2017 and is based in Stamford, CT. It is a crypto and blockchain investment firm applying professional trading, investing and portfolio management to this digital asset class. It focuses on event-driven trading strategies and investments and has $100 billion of assets under management.

BitSpread is a distinctive feature of the fund that is very active in trade. He performs several thousand operations during the day, trading cryptocurrencies for about $1 billion a month.

Galaxy Digital Assets Fund is a fund known primarily through its founder Mike Novogratz, the former chief investment director of Giant Fortress Investment Management. Galaxy Digital invests in digital currencies, ICO and related companies.

Alphabit Fund is a crypto hedge fund that seeks to generate capital appreciation while reducing risk. On its website, the company claims: “We aim to advance the overall development of the sector by investing in and sharing our expertise with the most visionary and innovative projects we can find” and has about $25 million of assets under the management.


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Bitcoin: for and against. Bitcoin Licence.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, recently struck Bitcoin with another blow – he had previously actively supported Bitcoin but later stated that his company would no longer accept it as a means of payment. Musk attributed this decision to the fact that bitcoin is harmful to the environment: it requires large amounts of electricity produced by coal and other fossil fuels. Many financial experts warn that investment in Bitcoin is extremely risky because cryptocurrency can change very quickly and is not backed by any tangible assets. Others see it as a promising and effective financial instrument. Most of the world’s central banks, including the Bank of England, are considering creating their digital currency.

Some experts also doubt that Bitcoin can serve as an alternative world currency. spokesman Roger Vere told the BBC that other cryptocurrencies might be much more suitable. “For cryptocurrency as a whole, this is very good, but most of the world simply does not understand that bitcoin no longer works as a currency”, he believes. “Other currencies, such as Bitcoin Cash, Monero or ZCash, are doing much better. Bitcoin can only make about three transactions per second. There is no chance that a network capable of three transactions per second could become a currency for the world.” According to Vera, other cryptocurrencies are also more easily transferable, requiring much less commission than bitcoin.

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El Salvador Wants to Make Cryptocurrency a Payment Instrument

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador has promised to make Bitcoin the official currency of the country. If Parliament approves this plan, El Salvador will be the first state in the world to give a cryptocurrency a similar status.

El Salvador, a small country in Central America, does not have its currency and uses the United States dollar as payment currency. President Bukele stated that recognition of Bitcoin would make it easier for nationals working abroad to send money home. «In the short term, this will lead to the creation of new jobs and will help to attract to the financial world thousands of people living outside the formal economy», said the head of El Salvador during a conference dedicated to Bitcoin in Florida.

Bukele promised to submit a bill to the Salvadoran Congress the following week to recognize Bitcoin as a means of payment formally.

The economy of El Salvador depends to a large extent on the resources that nationals abroad send home. This money accounts for about 20% of the state’s GDP.

El Salvador has a population of about 6.4 million, with more than 2 million citizens living abroad and transferring more than $4 billion each year. Banks charge a commission for such transfers, they can take days, and sometimes residents have to come in person.

According to Bukele, the transition to Bitcoin «will improve the lives and future of millions of people». The President gave no further details on how the cryptocurrency would be integrated into the country’s financial system.

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FIU Requirements for Crypto-licence in Estonia


What kind of activity needs a license?

requirements cryptoA virtual currency service is a service specified in paragraphs §3 10) and 101) of the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act (RahaPTS):

  • virtual currency purse service is a service that creates or stores encrypted keys for clients that can be used to store, store and transfer virtual currencies;
  • A virtual currency exchange service is a service where a person exchanges a virtual currency for money or money on a virtual currency or one virtual currency for another.

Virtual currency is a value represented in digital form that can be digitized, stored or sold and accepted as a means of payment by individuals or entities. Still, it is not a legal tender or financial instrument of any country in accordance with Directive (EC) 2015/2366 of the European Parliament and the Council on Payments Services in the Domestic Market. Amendment of Directives 2002/65/EC, 2009/110/EC and 2013/36/EU and Regulation (EU) 1093/2010 and repeal of Directive 2007/64/EC (OJ L 337, 23.12.2015, pp. 35-127) within the meaning of Article 4 (25) or payment instrument or payment transaction within the meaning of Article 3 (k) and (l) that Directive.

FIU licence is required if the / token coin created by ICO conforms to the definition of virtual currency in §3 (9) AMLA and the company plans to buy or sell it.

Often created token is not accepted as a means of payment by other people, so it cannot be considered as a virtual currency in the sense of RahaPTS (although other functions correspond to a virtual currency), again, the company does not require a license to buy or sell the token. Since some types of ICO may include activities as an investment firm or loan brokerage services, a company may require a licence issued by the Financial Supervision Authority to provide such services. In the case of such services, please contact the Financial Inspectorate to apply for an operating licence or to assess the need for an active licence.

To provide a service of a virtual currency purse, a company that provides a service that includes storing another person’s virtual currency in such a way that the company has an overview and some control over transactions in the purse must apply for a license. In the case of virtual currencies, this is done through a service consisting of creating encrypted keys for clients that can be used to store, store and transmit virtual currencies.

Legal framework

The application for a licence to operate, the requirements and grounds for refusing an activity licence and for revoking an activity licence are regulated by articles 70-75 of the Money Act and articles 15-22, 24-25, 30, 32-33, 34, 36-40 Law on the General Part of the Code of Economic Activities (hereinafter MSÜS)

What information should be provided when applying for an activity licence?

In addition to the provisions of the MSÜS, the following information and documents must be submitted in the licence application:

  1. The address of the service, including the address of the site;
  2. Name and contact details of the person responsible for providing the service for all places of service referred to in paragraph 1;
  3. If the enterprise of a legal entity is not registered in the Estonian Trade Register, the name, register or the personal code of the owner of a legal entity, in its absence – date of birth, place of birth or address of residence, name, personal code, date of birth, place of birth and address of residence;
  4. The name, personal identification code, if absent, date of birth, place of birth and address of residence of a member of the administration and prosecutor of the service provider who is a legal person, If the service provider is not an enterprise registered in the Estonian Business Register; The Rules of Procedure and Internal Control prepared in accordance with §
  5. 14 and 15 of the Monetary PTS and, in the case of persons with special duties listed in §
  6. 20 of the International Sanctions Act, Rules of procedure prepared in accordance with the International Sanctions Act, 23 and its verification;
  7. Name, personal identification code, if absent, date of birth, place of birth, nationality, address of residence, position and contact information of the contact person appointed in accordance with § 17 PTC in respect of money;
  8. Name, personal identification code, if absent, date of birth, place of birth, nationality, address of residence, position and contact information of the person responsible for the international financial sanction imposed by the enterprise in accordance with subsection 20 (3) The International Sanctions Act;
  9. If the enterprise, a member of its administration, the prosecutor, the beneficial owner or the owner is a foreign national, a service provider established in a foreign State or, if the enterprise is a foreign service provider, Issuance of a criminal record certificate or equivalent by a competent judicial or administrative authority or in connection with another intentionally committed criminal offence; The issue of which has not occurred for more than three months and which has been notarized or legalized or certified by a certificate replacing legalization (apostille), unless an international agreement provides otherwise;
  10. If the enterprise, a member of its management body, a prosecutor, a beneficial owner or a self-employed person is a foreign national, a copy of the identity documents for all countries of citizenship and non-custodial documents referred to in paragraph 8; For a member of an administrative body and a prosecutor, documents containing the level of education, a complete list of posts and positions and, in the case of a member of an administrative body, duties, as well as documents which the applicant considers important to prove; NB! The certificate of education (diploma) must be submitted together with the application for the license.
  11. A list of payment accounts opened in the name of the company, with the unique identifier of each payment account and the name of the account holder; NB! All open payment accounts must be submitted together with an application for a licence to operate in the Register of Economic Activities, to which must be attached a certificate from a credit institution, an electronic money institution or a payment institution, the existence of a payment account.
  12. Information on which virtual currency service will be provided.

Requirements to the applicant

In order to obtain a licence to operate, an enterprise must comply with the following conditions of control:

  • A company, a member of its administration, a prosecutor, a beneficial owner and an owner shall not be liable to any applicable penalty for a crime against the State, money-laundering or other intentional criminal offence;
  • The company, a member of its management body, the prosecutor, the beneficial owner and the owner, have a good business reputation. The licensee of an activity must assess the existence of a proper business reputation in the light of the person’s prior activities and the circumstances surrounding it. It is presumed that there is a proper commercial reputation in the absence of opposing circumstances;
  • The contact person appointed by the enterprise in accordance with § 17 Money PTS meets the requirements established by law. Only a person with education, professional ability, necessary abilities, personal qualities and experience and an impeccable reputation may be appointed as a contact person;
  • If the company has a subsidiary that prefers to use the licence to operate requested on behalf of the company, the subsidiary must also comply with the above requirements;
  • The registered office, the board and the place of activity of an enterprise applying for a license for activities in the sphere of the provider of virtual currency must be located in Estonia, or a foreign company operates in Estonia through a branch, entered in the business register. The location of the board is assessed, for example, on the basis of the residence and citizenship of board members (the board member must be a resident or a citizen of Estonia) and other evidence of the board’s location. The place of business must comply with the requirements of article 29, paragraph 2, of the law on the General Part of the Civil Code (the place of business of a legal entity is the place of its permanent and permanent economic activity or other legally prescribed activity). If it is not possible to provide a virtual currency service on the site or to fulfill the requirements of RahaPTS, it cannot be a site. In practice, this means that those responsible for RahaPTS compliance work on the site have immediate access to the mandatory data received from RahaPTS, which the obligated person must collect, store and transmit to the supervisory authority, and have immediate access to them. Rules of procedure, risk assessment, internal control rules and other possible rules, additional documents to ensure compliance with the requirements arising from RahaPTS by the person under obligation and their employees. The place of business must also allow the FIU to exercise the supervision required by law, including on-site supervision. In the case of an application, a document confirming the right to use a place of business, such as a lease or lease, must be entered into the business register.
  • An enterprise applying for a license to operate in the field of a virtual currency provider must have an open payment account at a credit institution, an electronic money institution or a payment institution, established in Estonia or a Contracting State of the European Economic Area and providing cross-border services or a branch in Estonia. All open payment accounts must be submitted together with an application for a licence to operate in the Registry of Economic Activities, to which must be attached a certificate from a credit institution, an electronic money institution or a payment institution, the existence of a payment account. A list of payment accounts should also be added if the company already has a valid license for a virtual currency service, i.e. when changing a license;
  • The share capital of an enterprise applying for a licence to operate in this sphere of activity of a virtual currency supplier is not less than 12,000 euros, which is paid in full in cash and has to be confirmed by the data of the trade register.

What does the FIU control and can control during the licensing process?

  • Origin of the authorized capital of service providers of state duty and virtual currency.
  • Information on the convictions of the company and its associates, participation in various trials (criminal proceedings, misdemeanour proceedings, administrative proceedings, bankruptcy proceedings, etc. D.). Education and work experience, business connections. Of course, public sources and media are under control.
  • The Financial Intelligence Unit is also entitled to request information under §54 (11) and §58 (1) of the Money Laundering Act from other public authorities, as well as by order of third parties and pursuant to article 63 of the Money Laundering Act, also within the framework of the international exchange of information.

You can apply:

  • Entering the business register through a public portal (authentication is required for the use of the service);
  • through a notary.

Payment of government duty

To apply for an operating license, pay a government fee of €3,300 as a virtual currency service provider:

  • Swedbank – EE932200221023778606;
  • SEB – EE89101022003479 6011;
  • Luminor – EE701700017001577198;
  • LHV Bank – EE777700771003813400.

When paying, use the reference number 2900083015. In the explanation, state the name of the company and «Application for a license from the Financial Intelligence Unit».

Application processing

The sent application will be processed within 60 days after all necessary information has been provided, which can be extended to 120 days. The initial response from the Financial Intelligence Unit must be received no later than the third working day following the filing of the application. You will receive a license notice by e-mail. An activity licence is issued electronically and is valid indefinitely (if the activity licence has not been submitted on time). The FIU also indicates that if a company replaces persons involved in the circumstances of the subject matter (e.g., a board member, a contact person) during the activity/licence change procedure, The company must allow the FIU to verify the circumstances of the subject matter within 60 days. If the FIU is unable to verify these circumstances during this period, the FIU may refuse to issue an activity licence because the person does not fit the circumstances of the subject matter.

Modification of licence terms

If the circumstances have been verified as a precondition for obtaining an amendment to an operating license (see Candidate Requirements), you must notify the Financial Intelligence Unit at least 30 days before the planned change. The other shall be notified as soon as possible, but no later than within 5 working days, of any changes that have occurred independently and of any other information specified in the application for a licence to operate.

If you notify a change in a company, a member of its administration, prosecutor, beneficial owner or owner, the notice shall be accompanied by proof that there are no applicable fines if the person affected by the change is a foreign national. Other information referred to in article 70, paragraph 3, of the Monetary PTC must also be provided with respect to the member of the administration and the prosecutor.

Changes should be reported:

  • Entering the business register through a public portal (authentication is required for the use of the service);
  • through a notary.

Denial of operating license and revocation of operating license (§ 75 Money PTS, § 25 and § 37 MSÜS)

An activity licence will be refused or revoked if:

  • It appears that you knowingly provided false information when applying for a licence that affected the granting of the licence and which, if not granted, should have been refused;
  • you’re giving up economic activity (An enterprise that has not fulfilled the legal obligation to submit an annual report within six months of the expiry of this obligation is also deemed to have completely renounced economic activity). An enterprise that fails to provide the required annual confirmation that it has notified the FIU of any change in terms of the licence of activity is also deemed to have renounced economic activity.
  • Prohibition of the relevant economic activity applied to the enterprise in the relevant activity by a court decision or as a result of the law, with the exception of the prohibition of economic activity applied under the MSÜS;
  • The enterprise is licensed by the Financial Inspection Authority;
  • The enterprise repeatedly fails to comply with the prescriptions of the supervisory authority, and repeated non-compliance also constitutes non-compliance with the two prescriptions and is assessed in proportion to the scope of the enterprise, the basis and the significance of the issued prescriptions;
  • the enterprise did not start activities in the requested sphere of activity within six months from the date of issue of the permit (pursuant to §34 (5) MSÜS, the right that if the company temporarily ceases to conduct business. It shall not suspend the obligation to engage in such activities for a period of six months);
  • The enterprise did not conduct the economic activity for two years from the date of issue of the operating license;
  • Requirements for economic activity included in the object of control of an activity licence or additional conditions of an activity licence have been substantially violated The Money Act (i.e. the enterprise no longer complies with the circumstances of the subject matter of the license to operate under §72 of the Act);
  • Activities authorized by a licence to operate cause significant damage or a threat to public order which did not exist or were not known at the time the licence was issued; which outweigh the interest of the enterprise in continuing the activity and which cannot be eliminated by changes in the license of the activity.

The data provided by FIU in Estonia (Rahapesu Andmebüroo)

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Cryptocurrency Funds: Types and Returns

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The boom around cryptocurrencies and their fantastic returns in 2016-2017 was a crucial factor in the emergence of investment funds in the crypto sector. Then, investment in cryptocurrency against the backdrop of low returns on traditional assets looked very attractive. This was facilitated by the emerging market, relatively weak competition, a plethora of inexperienced start-up investors and the opportunity to earn hundreds and thousands of per cent per year.

Cryptocurrency funds are investment funds that invest their money entirely in cryptocurrencies or combine it with investments in other assets. Their goal is to maximize profits by managing their depositors’ coins or investing their funds in crypto projects and primary coin supply.

Large cryptocurrency funds with a high threshold of entry are necessary intermediaries for institutional investors to enter the crypto environment. Because of legislative constraints, particularly large investors in many countries cannot buy digital assets directly.

Smaller crypto funds, directed at retail investors, are suitable for those who want to make a profit but are not prepared to invest in cryptocurrency on their own. In such funds, specially trained managers and managers handle asset selection and trade. The depositor does not have to monitor the news, choose coins, worry about the course and balance of the portfolio – all for him, professional will do. Among the drawbacks of small crypto funds is that usually, money cannot be withdrawn before a certain date.

Types of cryptocurrency funds

By investor access, cryptocurrency funds are divided into:

Private — only qualified investors can buy their shares. These are the largest funds in the market, accumulating tens of billions of dollars.

Open — available to retail investors. Such funds are unregulated when the depositor simply buys the shares of the fund and regulates, or stock exchange (ETF), where the fund’s shares can be traded on the exchange.

ETF (Exchange-Traded Funds) is a crypto fund whose shares are traded on a stock exchange, which anyone can purchase. The fund itself buys crypto assets and then sells a share of the portfolio in security. This allows investors to invest in cryptocurrencies without buying them directly. To do so, they need to open a brokerage account. It is believed that the extension of ETF to cryptocurrencies would dramatically increase the number of investors in digital assets. Indeed, even those who have greater confidence in traditional investment instruments could invest in them since ETF is governed by securities law, and the fund is responsible for safeguarding coins.

By type of investment, funds can be divided into:

Venture capital — when the foundation invests money in blockchain and crypto companies. These are funds for large capital – not for a usual investor to enter them.

Hedge Funds — make profits from investments in digital assets.

Hedge funds also make money from increases in the price of crypto assets, but their shares are not traded on the stock exchange. Most often, regulated fund shares are available only to qualified investors, and the entry threshold starts at several hundred thousand dollars. For example, American hedge funds can only work with qualified investors with a capital of $5 million, and foundations in offshore jurisdictions can only work with investors with a capital of $100,000. Unlike ETF, hedge funds are much less regulated. They can be invested in almost any risky asset, including cryptocurrency.

Traditional hedge funds tend to follow active trading strategies in which they buy and sell cryptocurrencies in short periods in order to profit from fluctuations in their exchange rates.


The financial world slowly recognized cryptocurrency as a viable type of investment. The first cryptocurrency fund, Metastable Capital, was launched in 2014. But until 2017, they were not very popular – in four years, only a few dozen crypto funds were released on cryptography.

But 2017 was the year of cryptocurrency among retail investors. Millions of people around the world were buying cryptocurrencies, but inexperienced newcomers needed professional help. The first institutional investors also began to emerge.

LKS Consult OÜ offers “Creating a Cryptocurrency Fund” service. The team of experts of LKS Consult OÜ is happy to accompany your project in the necessary procedures for preparing documents and obtaining a license for an Alternative Investment Fund in Estonia. Our team offers full support on all stages of developing your business, and offer a variety of services, including accounting services in Estonia.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Estonia Ranks 14th in the Development of e-Commerce Across the EU

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]According to the Department of Statistics, the share of e-commerce in the turnover of Estonian enterprises is still modest, and the country ranks 14th in the European Union in terms of the percentage of sales over the Internet.

Gathered data reflects the situation as of 2019 and does not consider the impact of the Coronavirus crisis when people have become much more active in buying goods via the Internet. Likely, the crisis has significantly increased the importance of e-commerce, but this has been equally true in all countries.

Last year, one in five firms in Estonia offered the opportunity to buy their products through a website or other electronic channels. Internet sales accounted for 5 per cent of total business income, of which 2 per cent was generated from sales to individuals and the remaining 3 per cent from sales to other firms and public sector institutions.

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Safe and Secured: Bitcoin in Estonia as an Alternative for Traditional Payment Methods


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Safe and Secured Bitcoin in EstoniaCryptocurrency regulations in Estonia are strict enough, and thereby the country is one of the most favourable places to trade Bitcoin in the world. Estonian government took responsibility and made cryptocurrency a completely legal and safe way to make transactions. Moreover, in Estonia, crypto businesses are actively stimulated by the government authorities.

Estonia is 99% digitalised, thereby offering unlimited opportunities to entrepreneurs. The favourable tax system, innovative e-Residency programme, fintech opportunities, advanced business ecosystem, rich talent pool— that’s just the beginning of what to expect from the Estonian business environment. More and more people are entering the Estonian business market by investing in cryptocurrency, and it is undoubtedly worthwhile: the country welcomes every aspiring entrepreneur.


Bitcoin was launched in 2009 to facilitate instant payment. Bitcoin or BTC is a type of cryptocurrency — to date, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalisation. Bitcoins are created, traded and stored using a decentralised ledger system or a blockchain.

Speaking of Bitcoin in Estonia, it is necessary to mention the e-Residence programme and its role in Bitcoin development in Estonia. Launched in 2014 by the government authorities, e-Residency has facilitated Bitcoin business in Estonia a lot; it allowed non-residents to start a company remotely and legally run a business from anywhere in the world. Bitcoin, in its turn, as well as any other cryptocurrency, is a synonym for the word ‘online’.

Where to trade Bitcoin rather than in the most digitalised country that also welcomes entrepreneurs from around the world?


OK, we went through bitcoin characteristics and have agreed that Estonia is indeed a good place for investing in bitcoin. Now, let’s consider how you can use bitcoin in Estonia and, of course, how can you make a profit.

The first option is to set up your own cryptocurrency exchange.

It is a promising and solid investment in today’s market. You can indeed unleash the potential of your crypto business in Estonia. The process of starting your cryptocurrency exchange is time-consuming, but competent decisions result in profit. We are here to help with obtaining a cryptocurrency license.

If you still want to invest in bitcoin, but starting a company is not something you are aiming to, there’s another way to trade bitcoin. Let’s imagine you bought a bitcoin. What would you do next? Well, there are different paths to follow, depending on your intentions.

Once bought, bitcoins could be used to pay for goods and services. More and more businesses start accepting bitcoin payments. You can also trade bitcoin for fiat currencies or other cryptocurrencies, or you can hold onto it and use it as a long-term investment.

The recent rapid growth of bitcoin value has attracted many investors who make investments in the future by buying bitcoins. Still, we remind you that every investment involves risks where bitcoin, being a safe and secure virtual currency, is not an exemption.


If you want to start trading bitcoin, there are 2 main things to know. The trading platform is a service that allows you to buy and sell bitcoins. Another aspect is a crypto wallet —medium, where you safely store your virtual currency and what you use when you want to send or receive your cryptocurrencies.

Here are 5 popular platforms available in Estonia using which you can buy or sell bitcoins. Each trading platform also has its own wallet to offer.

Coinbase is one of the most popular digital currency exchanges, based in the U.S and boasting over 43 million users. It is considered the most trusted in the world and the most popular platform in Estonia.

It is a straightforward and safe way to buy, sell and manage your cryptocurrency. You can get started in a couple of minutes. With Сoinbase you can also set up your crypto wallet. A cryptocurrency wallet is a service where you can store your virtual currency.

Paxful, one of the leading people-powered Bitcoin marketplaces, is now available in Estonia. There are 300+ ways to pay for Bitcoin, including Revolut, Monese, Paypal, etc.

The main idea behind the platform is to connect buyers with sellers. All you need is to select how you want to pay and how much bitcoin you need. The Paxful wallet is functional, safe, and easy to use on all your devices.

eToro allows buying and selling Bitcoin with 9 forms of payment. There is 0% commission. Moreover, they have developed the Popular Investor Program, which aims to recognise talented and sawy traders who will share their knowledge.

eToro is user-friendly, and app design makes it very pleasant to use.

Bitpanda is another popular trading platform accepting users and payments from 37 countries. The platform supports many digital assets and is easy to use.

Moreover, Bitpanda has stocks coming. That will be Europe’s first platform for investing in big-name stocks such are Amazon, Twitter, Starbucks with no commission.

Binance is a safe cryptocurrency exchange. Like many other platforms, it provides 2-factor authentication and offers both multi-signature wallets and cold storage options.

Binance offers rewards for its users on a regular basis. Besides, it has 24/7 call support.

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How to Start a Cryptocurrency Exchange in Estonia

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As far as cryptocurrency business is concerned, the right time to set up has come. We present what it takes to start a cryptocurrency exchange in our blog post.

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Cryptocurrency Exchange in Estonia

When it comes to cryptocurrency business, there is no better time than now to begin.

Cryptocurrencies are taking over the world economy, and they are gaining popularity rapidly. The cryptocurrency market is fragile, and there are some debates surrounding it, but people benefit from investing in it. The benefits of cryptocurrency far outweigh those of traditional payment methods, including its availability, reliability, and independence. Cryptocurrency can also provide a modern way of earning money along with enabling enterprises to invest.


There are a number of reasons why investors from around the world invest in the Estonian cryptocurrency market. In Estonia, cryptocurrency businesses are legal and have certain advantages.

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  • The work has full legality
  • Regulations provide credibility and stability
  • Corporations are tax-free

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  • Policy of transparency in taxation
  • An enthusiastic market
  • There is an online application form for each application type


The process

Please find essential information regarding the steps that need to be made to create your own cryptocurrency exchange below.
Obtaining a cryptocurrency exchange licence is a priority or better to say an absolute obligation when starting a cryptocurrency business. LKS Consult OÜ assists enterprisers in getting legislation approved cryptocurrency licenses. Our professionals will supervise the entire process starting with the very first documents and ending with a rightful license.
The state fee for submitting an application is 3,300 EUR. Application must include the contact details of every referred individual as well as the address of the future website/platform.

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  • Registration on the territory of Estonia
  • Location of the Board and place of business must be in Estonia
  • Company’s minimum share capital must be not less than 12,000 EUR

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  • Active bank account in a financial institution registered in Estonia
  • KYC/AML officers required to undergo an interview with the FIU



In the following section, you will find a detailed description of the steps that you need to take to set up your own cryptocurrency exchange.

The acquisition of a cryptocurrency exchange licence is a priority, or better said, an absolute requirement when starting a cryptocurrency business. LKS Consult OÜ assists enterprises in getting legislation approved cryptocurrency licenses. From the very first documents to the rightful license, our team of professionals will oversee the entire process.

A state fee of 3,300 EUR is required for the submission of an application. In addition to the contact information for all individuals referred, the application must include the URL for the future website/platform.

Cryptocurrency exchange licenses can only be issued if the future company meets the following requirements:

  • The registration process in Estonia
  • There must be an Estonian Board of Directors and a place of business in Estonia
  • A minimum of 12,000 euros of share capital is required for the company
  • Financial institution registered in Estonia with an active bank account
  • In order to obtain KYC/AML certification, officers must interview with the Financial Intelligence Unit

Once all requirements have been met, a cryptocurrency license will be granted within 60 working days after the application has been approved.


Our company specialists will supervise the installation of a cryptocurrency exchange in Estonia so that it becomes a profitable investment.

An additional range of services is offered by LKS Consult OÜ , including assistance in renting office space, aid in contributing to the company’s share capital, assist in recruiting company directors with Estonian residence, train company heads, and provide KYC/AML office and accounting services. We have provided a link for you to familiarize yourself with our price list.

Aspects of technology

Enterprises should focus on the technical aspects after obtaining cryptocurrency licenses. It takes time and effort to develop software and create a platform. This involves setting up a personal account, creating or renting trading platforms, and integrating the exchange with the existing market, also known as promotion. In order to save time and money, it’s reasonable to purchase something already available rather than developing proprietary software.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]