Peer-2-Peer Cryptocurrency platform over time has appeared to be a safe, green, fewer liabilities branch of Cryptocurrency that one can venture into.
Here are simple steps to take to set up such an outfit in Nigeria.
- COMPANY REGISTRATION: CAC is the body saddled with the responsibility of registration of Companies in Nigeria. It is advisable to be creative in the usage of the word “Cryptocurrency” in drafting the objects of the Memorandum and Articles of Association, words such as fintech support services are advisable. The Government is still passive and skeptical about Cryptocurrency.
- INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION: The digital space is an open playbook. It is advisable to protect your Intellectual Property such as names and logos. Intellectual Property theft and infringement are common in the digital space. IP Property protection cannot be overemphasized to avoid brand identity theft or scam. It is advisable to copyright your source codes also.
- APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT: Having put the necessary legal structures in place, Application Development is the next step. It is important to have in place a Service Agreement which stipulates the expected time of delivery, the deliverables, the return of login details and passwords, the protection of confidential information and other essential clauses. Integrating a two-factor authentication feature, users verification, escrow feature, etc is important. Understudying your industry leaders’ apps such as Binance is not bad.
- REGULATORY AND COMPLIANCE: At the moment the Government is not all that settled with Cryptocurrency, a little misdemeanour can trigger the force of hell out. The need to engage a Compliance and Regulatory Firm cannot be overemphasized. To advise on compliance and regulatory statutes and their respective bodies including the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (the NFIU), the Special Control Unit on Money-laundering (SCUML), the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), State Inland Revenue Service etc.
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