Bitcoin Wallet Provider Receives E-Money License From UK Regulator

Wirex, a bitcoin wallet and payment card provider, has become the third crypto company to receive an e-money license from U.K. financial regulators.

AccessTimeIconAug 23, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 8:18 a.m. UTC
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Wirex, a London-based bitcoin wallet and payment card provider, announced on August 23 that it has become the third crypto-enabled company to receive an e-money license from U.K. financial regulators.

The license, which is granted by the U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), enables the company to issue electronic money and provide payment services throughout the European Union and European Free Trade Association, according to public records.

Commenting on the approval, Pavel Matveev, the co-founder of Wirex, said in the release that it was for an effort to "improve and refine its e-money services throughout the [European Economic Area]."

He added:

"Having our own principal license, instead of our existing FCA agency licence, means increased efficiency and lower costs."

More specifically, according to Kelly Horn, a media representative for Wirex, the license will give Wirex ability to offer faster and more responsive service with lower rates to its customers.

Formerly known as E-coin, Wirex is a cryptocurrency service provider founded in 2014. The crypto startup announced in May that it had begun to offer its payment cards to EEA residents.

Matveev added that the company has also been seeking licenses in other markets, including in Singapore and Japan, as it continues working to expand its international business.

Wirex app image via Shutterstock

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