UK-Licensed App Adds P2P Crypto Payments

Peer-to-peer cryptocurrency payments are now live on Ziglu, a week after the app-based platform got its EMI license from a U.K. watchdog.

Sep 7, 2020 at 10:02 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 9:52 a.m. UTC

A payment app from a co-founder of Starling Bank has added peer-to-peer support for cryptocurrencies a week after receiving an Electronic Money Institution (EMI) license from a U.K. regulator.

  • Ziglu announced Monday it had launched peer-to-peer payments for supported cryptocurrencies as well as pound sterling.
  • This means users can send and receive assets to and from any other Ziglu user instantly, according to a press release.
  • The news comes a week after the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) approved the payments platform as an EMI – which authorizes it to store and facilitate the transaction of digital forms of money.
  • While an EMI license authorizes Ziglu to perform some of the functions associated with traditional banks, it isn't the same as a full banking license and doesn't give the platform the ability to issue loans or to offer interest on balances.
  • Ziglu was founded by Mark Hipperson, the former CTO of London-based challenger bank Starling.
  • The app launched in mid-June and announced a £5.25 million (roughly $6.9 million) seed round just two weeks later.
  • Ziglu currently supports bitcoin, ether, litecoin and bitcoin cash, with XRP due to be added later this month.
  • The platform says it will list other digital assets based on customer demand.
  • Cryptocurrencies held on Ziglu are insured up to £50,000 (around $66,000).

EDIT (Feb. 8, 2021): Removed reference to Mark Hipperson being a co-founder of Starling Bank.

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