Revolut – from e-money to banking license
Revolut is a British financial tech company founded by Vlad Yatsenko and Nikolay Storonsky in 2015. The company offers banking services, with its headquarters in London. It also offers accounts featuring debit cards, Apple pay, virtual cards, currency exchange, commission-free stock trading, commodities, crypto, and other services.
Revolut was originally based in level39 – a financial technology incubator in London. However, in 2018, the company announced it had raised $1.8 billion and transformed itself into a unicorn. Later in December 2018, the company received a challenger bank license from the European central bank. This was facilitated by the bank of Lithuania. Also, an electronic money institution license was issued by the bank of Lithuania at the same time. As a result, it received authority to offer consumer credits and accept deposits but not to provide investment services.
So, Revolut was issued an EU banking license from the bank of Lithuania in 2018. As a result, it launched in 10 new EU markets. Although its services were available across EU, some accounts opened in countries like the UK are offered only as e-money accounts. In other words, they do not qualify for direct deposit protection.
In 2021, Revolut finally applied for a UK banking license after almost 7 years of operating as an e-money institution in the UK. According to the company, published figures suggest that 50% of its customers will be willing to put their salary in the bank if their accounts were covered by deposit protection.
As a result of extending and supplementing the license, Revolut bank can now complement its current main activities with payment services like cash withdrawal, credit transfer, card payments, payment initiation, money remittance, account information services, etc. These services are provided by Revolut payment UAB licensed in Lithuania.