Global payment behemoth, PayPal, has recently achieved a significant milestone in the cryptocurrency realm. The company has been granted approval by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to offer its crypto services in the United Kingdom.
Details of the License
As per the official data from the FCA, PayPal has been registered to provide “certain crypto asset activities” in the U.K., effective from October 31, 2023. However, this license comes with specific requirements and restrictions concerning the financial services activities that PayPal can engage in.
The FCA has outlined several conditions for PayPal’s crypto operations. These include:
- Halting the onboarding of new customers.
- Limiting existing customers to only hold and sell functionalities.
- The company is prohibited from expanding its current crypto offerings.
- Exclusions from offering crypto exchange services, participating in initial coin offerings, staking, peer-to-peer exchanges, and decentralized finance activities such as lending and borrowing.
PayPal’s acquisition of a crypto license in the U.K. marks a significant step for the company in expanding its cryptocurrency services. However, the restrictions imposed by the FCA indicate a cautious approach towards the integration of crypto services by major financial players. As the crypto landscape continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see how PayPal navigates these regulations and what this means for the broader crypto community in the U.K.
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