Revolut’s attempts to secure banking licence thrown into doubt by Bank of England

The destiny of Revolut’s makes an attempt to safe a long-awaited banking licence from Metropolis regulators was thrown into additional doubt final night time after it emerged that the Financial institution of England was minded to reject the corporate’s software.

The London-based group is the darling of Britain’s fintech business and has been looking for approval for a licence from the Financial institution’s Prudential Regulation Authority and the Monetary Conduct Authority for greater than two years.

Nonetheless, a supply stated final night time that the PRA had knowledgeable the Treasury that it was minded to reject Revolut’s software, though they stated {that a} closing choice had not been made.

The Day by day Telegraph was the primary to report the event.

Failure to achieve a licence from Revolut’s dwelling regulators would pose an impediment to the group’s ambitions to broaden its operations in different international locations. It might even be a blow to Britain’s wider fintech business and to Rishi Sunak’s authorities, which has sought to champion the tech sector.

Revolut, the PRA and the Treasury all declined to remark.

Revolut turned considered one of Europe’s largest fintechs when it was valued at $33 billion in July 2021, after elevating $800 million from buyers together with Softbank.

It was arrange in 2015 by Nik Storonsky, who’s its chief government, and Vlad Yatsenko as a cross-border cash switch platform however is now a sprawling enterprise, with operations spanning cryptocurrency buying and selling and pet insurance coverage.

The corporate has greater than 28 million prospects globally, together with six million within the UK, and has greater than 6,000 workers.

This month it emerged that Revolut’s chief monetary officer and UK banking boss had been leaving earlier than the conclusion of the corporate’s lengthy await a UK financial institution licence.

In March, Revolut’s exterior auditors, BDO, raised considerations in its 2021 accounts concerning the “completeness and incidence” of near £500 million of turnover and its “underdeveloped monetary management atmosphere”.

It hopes to file new accounts for 2022 in the summertime.

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