The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), a financial regulatory body in the United Kingdom, has conducted 87 inquiries into cryptocurrency companies so far this year, according to a Financial Times report. This is a 74% increase in the number of inquiries the FCA made between January and October of last year.
The inquires the FCA has made includes both “early-stage scrutiny” as well as “full-blown enforcement investigations,” according to the Financial Times. David Heffron, a partner at the Pinsent Masons law firm, tells the Financial Times that the increased scrutiny “reflects the FCA’s increasingly hands-on and no-nonsense approach to enforcing the law in the cryptocurrency market”
It was previously reported that the FCA was stepping up its scrutiny of the cryptocurrency space. In July, the regulatory body posted two job listings for candidates with in-depth crypto knowledge.