Ecovis Global > FinTech: UK’s Contis Group have picked Lithuania as the best route for accessing the EU
FinTech: UK’s Contis Group have picked Lithuania as the best route for accessing the EU
29. July 2019
The Board of the Bank of Lithuania decided to issue the Electronic Money Institution (EMI) license for UAB Finansinės paslaugos „Contis“– part of UK based Contis Group securing groups access to the financial markets of continental Europe. This step followed by the news on Boris Johnson election as the new Conservative party leader and become new UK’s Prime Minister committing to withdraw the UK out of the EU with or without a deal on 31 October, 2019.
Contis is a leading European alternative banking and payments solutions group. Founded in 2008 by Peter Cox, Contis’ proprietary, scalable platform manages both bank and Visa payments in real time through a single account. Contis has offices in the UK, Lithuania and India providing modular banking solutions to third parties, in addition to a number of branded and white-label banking products, offering full current account capability. Contis benefits from a full licence suite, including FCA and Bank of Lithuania e-money Licences covering the EEA, and is a Principal Visa member with sponsorship capability. License issued by the Bank of Lithuania to grants the right to provide wide range of payment processing services and payment card issuing in EEA.
Flavia Alzetta, CEO of Contis said: “This licence provides Contis with the flexibility it seeks to leverage its SEPA capabilities and deliver a compelling, comprehensive banking and payments offering across the continent of Europe irrespective of the outcome of Brexit. We are delighted to extend our regional footprint through a regulator as rigorous and progressive as the Bank of Lithuania.”
Attorney at Law Kestutis Kvainauskas at ECOVIS ProventusLaw firm advising Contis during the licensing process in Lithuania tells that Contis got European EMI license exactly in time, because No-deal-BREXIT seems to be the reality within 3 months. Mr. Kvainauskas also disclosed that there is a number of other UK applicants in the licensing process with the Bank of Lithuania expecting to be licensed till 31 October, 2019. “The fact that applicant holds a license issued by UK’s Financial Conduct Authority or other EU regulator usually is considered as an advantage, however, it itself does not impact the licensing timeframe as the due diligence by the Bank of Lithuania is carried out independently”, – he added.
In 2018, the number of financial technology companies (FinTech) operating in Lithuania and the number of people working in them increased by more than 40 percent. In 2018 there were about 170 FinTech companies in Lithuania (while in 2017 there were 117).
ECOVIS ProventusLaw has helped over 25 companies from different parts of the world to obtain payment and electronic money institution licenses advising such international organizations as InstaReM and Senjo Group. Because of BREXIT lately ECOVIS ProventusLaw identifies the rising interest form British financial institutions.