Switzerland issues first license to crypto exchange

Switzerland's FINMA for the first time grants licensure to a cryptocurrency exchange
20 October 2017   2067

For the first time, the Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), a regulatory arm of the Swiss government, has licensed a crypto exchange to operate as a Directly Subordinated Financial Intermediary.

In the official press release, the exchang called "Payment21" describes the licensure as the result of “over one year of substantial effort.” 

We are committed to meeting the legal requirements of the Swiss financial marketplace.  Our handling of compliance issues enriches the digital currency ecosystem, and demonstrates that Swiss regulators embrace competitiveness in financial services, and truly encourage Fintech innovation in the digital era.
 

Bernhard Kaufmann 
Managing Director of the exchange

The man also highlights that "government licensing is crucial when establishing a payments business". Indeed, an official approval in a leading European financial center like Switzerland is a key differentiator in the competitive landscape.

Though this is a first for FINMA, the body has recently made other forays into the crypto space.
 

Bernhard Kaufmann 
Managing Director of the exchange

Payment21 is going tp expand into other cryptocurrency sectors.  For now, it also processes Bitcoin transactions on behalf of ecommerce vendors, enabling them to accept the cryptocurrency as payment for goods and services. 

Bitifinex to Cooperate With Bitrefill

Exchange's users will be able to purchase products from the Bitrefill catalog with help of Lightning Network
05 December 2019   145

The Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange has entered into a partnership with the service of replenishing mobile accounts and gift certificates Bitrefill.

Using Lightning Network (LN) technology, Bitfinex users will be able to purchase products from the Bitrefill catalog, which includes more than 2,000 digital gift cards and options for replenishing mobile accounts.

As soon as the user pays for the goods using Bitcoin, Bitfinex and Bitrefill automatically settle through the LN network, which makes transactions cheaper and much faster.

Bitcoin’s use as a means of payment represents an important milestone in the inevitable journey towards mass adoption. This is why the Lightning Network is so important. As an exchange, Bitfinex is at the forefront of developing solutions utilizing this technology.
 

Paolo Ardoino

CTO, Bitfinex

On December 3, Bitfinex integrated payment support through the Lightning Network.