Flybit won the Financial Services Commission Chairman’s Commendation Award on Anti-Money Laundering Day

November 28, 2023. South Korean virtual asset exchange Flybit has received the highest rating in the comprehensive anti-money laundering (AML) evaluation conducted annually by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) under the Financial Services Commission for all financial companies in Korea.

November 28, 2023. South Korean virtual asset exchange Flybit has received the highest rating in the comprehensive anti-money laundering (AML) evaluation conducted annually by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) under the Financial Services Commission for all financial companies in Korea.

Ranking among top-performing financial institutions
The comprehensive AML evaluation is aimed at facilitating the optimal establishment and implementation of strong AML systems. It is operated under a control system where financial authorities assess and oversee a given company’s AML risk management, and the company receives verification on the adequacy of its risk management levels.

In this year’s evaluation, Flybit achieved a score of 89.70, scoring in the highest ranks among all financial institutions, including virtual asset service providers (VASPs). This places Flybit among the upper echelons of financial companies that received an “Excellent” rating, which make up only 15% of all evaluated firms. This is regarded as a demonstration of the determination and achievement of cryptocurrency exchanges striving to overcome the challenges in obtaining Korean won denominated accounts with real name verification.

Robust and varied efforts
The exchange explained that it has taken a risk-based approach (RBA) to control and manage its AML risk factors that were found in the results from the FLYBIT Enterprise-Wide AML Risk Assessment (FARA) — an AML risk assessment model developed in-house — and the FIU’s semi-annual AML system compliance evaluation, where FLYBIT was deemed as a “self-monitoring” company.

Notably, Flybit operates customized AML education programs for different ranks and job roles within its corporation, which leverages both external and internal resources, including the Korea Banking Institute. It also conducts over 40 hours of advanced-level training — three times longer than the FIU recommendation — for employees directly involved in AML-related tasks.

“The basis for this [evaluation] result was the active interest and support of the management, as well as the operation of a specialized AML control system for VASPs,” said Seol Ki-hwan, a compliance officer in charge of AML reporting at Flybit. “In the future, we will continue our efforts, not only in AML compliance but also in fulfilling our responsibilities and roles as a model VASP.”

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