Croatia’s Hive5 confirms unregulated standing


Croatia-based peer-to-peer lending market Hive5 stated it doesn’t carry out regulated actions that require a home licence, though it’s planning to acquire permissions as soon as it expands its enterprise.

Hive5 stated that it obtained recommendation from ECOVIS ProventusLaw, Kvainauskas, Andziulytė, and Companions, a regulation agency certified to observe in Lithuania, to make clear its regulatory standing and compliance with related legal guidelines.

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The corporate stated that it’s not obligated to have a licence from the Croatian authorities and it’s not topic to supervision as a P2P lending platform.

The chief government of Hive5 Ričardas Vandzinskas stated that there are plans to acquire a licence as soon as the platform expands into crowdfunding actions.

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“Nevertheless, for the time being, there are not any constructive indicators in the actual property markets to start out undertaking financing actions,” he added.

“Regardless of that, our group is working with legal professionals to arrange a big bundle of KYC/AML procedures so we are able to apply for and rapidly receive a licence each time crucial.”

The European Crowdfunding Service Suppliers Regulation (ECSPR) – which goals to harmonise the business throughout the bloc – got here into impact on 10 November 2023.

Nevertheless, it’s right down to particular person member states to difficulty licences.

By the tip of November 2023, greater than 110 platforms had grow to be regulated underneath the ECSPR, with that quantity anticipated to hit between 130 and 150 by early 2024. Nevertheless, which means there are between 20 and 40 platforms nonetheless ready on last approval to function within the EU.


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