UK Bank Closes Safello Accounts 6 Weeks After Entering Partnership
Only six weeks after bitcoin exchange Safello announced local deposit options for UK customers, the firm's banking partner is closing its accounts.
Six weeks after Swedish-based bitcoin exchange Safello announced rapid 'Faster Payments' deposits for UK customers, its banking partner has withdrawn its services and will close its accounts as of tomorrow.
Safello, which received the 14-day closure notice from the undisclosed UK bank on 13th January, said: "there was no base for the decision to shut our accounts down. Nor were we unclear in our communication towards the UK bank prior to getting our accounts approved".
Frank Schuil, Safello's CEO and co-founder, told CoinDesk that the exchange will continue to support international wire transfers for British pounds and that the firm would reactivate Faster Payments once a new bank account had been set up.
Faster Payments deposits were halted on Friday "to prevent any issues with people's transfers", he explained.
'Sign of the times'
In a statement, Safello said that it did "everything in its power to reverse this decision", adding that its banking partner was fully aware that it was a bitcoin company at the start of the relationship.
When asked about the potential ramifications of the closure, Schuil said:
Despite the bad news for its UK-based customers, Schuil said the team perceived the decision as "a sign of the times".
Expansion in the Nordics
The news comes just as Safello also announced that it was entering the Norwegian and Danish markets.
Having spotted a space in the market, Schuil said:
Schuil stressed that the company would continue to push forward in order to make local payment methods available to its customers, saying:
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