What is Utility token?

A utility token is a type of virtual asset that holds value within its blockchain ecosystem. It can be utilized to pay for transaction fees, access platform-specific services, or redeem rewards within the system.

Unlike security tokens, which represent investment contracts and are tied to the financial performance of a company or asset, utility tokens are considered “utilities” as they have a specific use case within their platform and are not primarily designed for investment purposes.

In this article, we will cover the essential requirements and considerations for launching your utility token. From understanding the legal nuances to strategizing for market engagement, we’ll provide a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the complex landscape of token issuance.

How to Prepare for Legal Structuring of a Utility Token

The process for legalizing utility tokens can vary significantly between countries, depending on their regulatory environments, financial policies, and approach to blockchain technology.

  • Clear Definition: There should be a clear definition of the utility token within the platform, and it should have practical applications beyond just an investment.
  • Detailed Whitepaper: Provide a detailed whitepaper outlining the technical details of the project and the role of the utility token within the ecosystem.
  • Jurisdiction and Legal Framework: Decide on the jurisdiction and understand the legal framework of the jurisdictions where you are planning to operate, to ensure that the token does not meet the criteria of a security under local regulations. Some jurisdictions do not have a specific framework for tokens, therefore it is important to consult with an expert.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Adhere to KYC/AML policies. Even if the token is not considered a security, in some jurisdictions, it is important to adhere to these policies to maintain market integrity.
  • Legal Opinion from a Lawyer: This is generally necessary when launching a token to ensure that the ICO complies with the relevant laws and regulations where the token will be offered. It can also boost investor confidence and service provider confidence, especially for banks considering the high-risk nature of the business. A legal opinion is also prepared in cases where the ICO involves complex corporate structures involving multiple jurisdictions (for example, traditional offshores combined with an EU company), to gain access to other markets and bind two companies together.
  • License: Obtaining a cryptocurrency license can be necessary depending on the nature of the business and the location of your operations. For instance, when launching your token solely in Europe, it would be necessary to obtain a license.

Choice of Jurisdiction launching Your Token

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)

SVG offers significant privacy for business owners and generally has less stringent regulatory requirements. This can make it an attractive option for entities looking to maximize operational flexibility.


is favored for ICOs due to its progressive regulatory environment, supportive fintech policies, and strategic location in the Eurozone, which offers streamlined access to the broader European market.


Particularly the Canton of Zug, known as the “Crypto Valley,” is renowned for its very progressive approach to cryptocurrency regulations and supportive ecosystem for blockchain enterprises.


Favored for its clear and transparent regulatory stance on cryptocurrencies, coupled with a strong financial and technological infrastructure. Singapore has been Lithuania: is favored for ICOs due to its progressive regulatory environment, supportive fintech policies, and strategic location in the Eurozone, which offers streamlined access to the broader European market.

Making the right Choice

Choosing the right jurisdiction for legalizing a utility token involves several key considerations that balance regulatory clarity, operational practicality, and business objectives.

Regulatory Environment

Some countries have more comprehensive token regulations than others. It is important to choose jurisdictions that provide clear guidance on ICOs and token issuance. Clarity ensures stability and aids in planning and compliance.


The level of confidentiality and privacy varies in each jurisdiction. This does not only relate to the confidentiality of shareholders but also to that of investors/holders. Some jurisdictions offer legal protections against having to disclose sensitive operational information. These protections can be crucial for maintaining competitive advantages and safeguarding user identities.


The choice of jurisdiction can impact the perception of your project among investors and users. Operating in jurisdictions known for their regulatory standards and compliance can lend additional credibility to your project.

Cost and Ease of Doing Business

Depending on the jurisdiction, there are different fees associated with running your project – including operational costs such as office space, labor, and government fees. It is also important to evaluate if the country would be business-friendly for your project.

Access to Markets

Consider whether the jurisdiction provides access to broader markets. For example, a European Union member state might offer easier access to the entire EU market under a harmonized regulatory regime, which is beneficial for scaling operations across multiple countries.

Questions & answers

What are the typical timeframes for legalizing a utility token?

On average, it takes about 4-5 weeks to complete a full legal setup of a utility token. This timeframe includes preparing all necessary documentation, obtaining legal opinions, and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations. However, the exact duration can vary based on the jurisdiction and specific requirements of your project.

Do I need to have previous experience in the cryptocurrency industry to launch a utility token?

While prior experience in the cryptocurrency industry is not a mandatory requirement, it is beneficial. Regulators and investors often look favorably on teams that have relevant industry experience and a clear understanding of the blockchain technology and legal landscapes involved. Such experience can also expedite various aspects of the launch, from regulatory compliance to market acceptance.

Is a legal opinion necessary for my utility token?

Yes, obtaining a legal opinion is highly advisable when launching a utility token. This document assesses whether your token qualifies as a utility rather than a security, which is crucial for regulatory purposes. A legal opinion can also enhance credibility with potential investors and partners by confirming that your token complies with applicable laws and regulations.

How can I get my utility token listed on exchanges?

To list your utility token on exchanges, you must first ensure that your token complies with the listing criteria of the desired exchanges. This often involves extensive documentation, proving the legitimacy and stability of the token, and sometimes meeting specific technical and security standards. Engaging with exchanges early in the process can provide insights into their specific requirements, and securing partnerships or endorsements from established players in the cryptocurrency market can also facilitate this process.

How will MiCA affect my utility token in the EU?

MiCA (Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation) aims to standardize the regulatory framework for crypto assets across the EU. If your utility token is classified under MiCA, it will need to comply with specific operational, organizational, and transparency requirements. This includes enhanced consumer protections and adherence to anti-money laundering directives. It’s essential to assess whether your token falls under MiCA and adjust your compliance strategies accordingly.

Roadmap of token legalization process


Decide on Your Token’s Jurisdiction

Choosing the optimal location for your utility token involves considerations such as regulatory frameworks, market access, technological infrastructure, and tax implications. Some jurisdictions may offer more favorable conditions for crypto projects, which could influence your interactions with counterparts like technology providers and financial institutions. For a comprehensive understanding tailored to your project, consult with experts at Legalaes.


Document Gathering

At this stage, Legalaes creates a tailored strategy for your utility token project. We conduct initial due diligence on team members and shareholders to assess their compatibility with the regulatory requirements. We also gather necessary documentation that emphasizes the strengths and utility applications of your project.


Company Registration

Your utility token must be issued by a legal entity registered in the chosen jurisdiction, or as a branch of a foreign company, in accordance with local corporate laws. This step is essential for establishing a legal foundation for your token.


Bank Account Opening (if required)

A bank account for the newly registered entity is necessary to manage finances related to the utility token, including the potential proceeds from token sales. Legalaes facilitates this process by offering access to a variety of banking solutions, both local and international, which can include individual IBANs and multi-currency account options.


Compliance Verification

We ensure that your utility token project meets all the local regulatory criteria, which might include maintaining a local office, employing local staff, and adhering to specific crypto-asset regulations. This step varies significantly depending on the jurisdiction and includes thorough preparations for compliance with KYC/AML policies


License Obtainment (if applicable)

If the jurisdiction requires a specific crypto or utility token license, especially in regions like the EU, we will assist in preparing and submitting the application to obtain the necessary licenses. This is a critical step for ensuring full legal compliance and facilitating market access.


Legal Opinion and Token Launch

Obtain a legal opinion to confirm that the utility token complies with relevant local regulations and does not qualify as a security. Following this, we submit the application and a meticulously prepared documentation pack to the local regulator. Once approved, your utility token is ready for launch.

Legalaes manages all inquiries and clarifications from the regulator, leveraging our previous interactions with the commission to avoid delays. Your next step is to start operations in your target market – Our team offers guidance on expanding into new markets, ensuring a seamless start to operations.

Jegor Kupratsevits

Head of Finance Projects

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