Close-up of an owl's face, being the bird of wisdom, used as a metaphor for regulation, licencing and supervision


Mercury has substantial expertise in assisting its clients with their specialised licencing needs.

Any company providing financial services to the general public or handling the funds of third parties will normally require a financial services licence. Whether you intend to act as an investment consultant or operate a collective investment scheme, an online foreign exchange brokerage or an electronic money institution, you will need to hold an appropriate licence.

The operation of a cryptocurrency exchange also requires a licence.

Depending on the nature of your online business, you may need to hold a licence from the country in which your servers are located, allowing you to carry on your business from within that jurisdiction.

Using the resources of our offices in Singapore and Cyprus, as well as our extensive network of partner firms in all major financial centres, Mercury is well placed to advise on your licencing needs and to assist you throughout the application process and beyond.