Atlantic Money Secures License as Payment Institution via National Bank of Belgium

Atlantic Money has secured a license as a payment institution through the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) which will “enable the business to provide its services across the European Union.”

The announcement precedes an expected launch in Europe later this summer, “meaning that EU residents will soon be able to send money to major currency corridors via Atlantic Money’s App.”

The firm also started rolling out its product “for the first time to early sign-ups in the UK, having come out of stealth in March.”

Atlantic Money claims it has “built the most cost-effective money transfer app in the world for people transferring more than £1,000 overseas.”

As noted in the update, Atlantic Money has received approval to operate as a payment institution from the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) – “the first company to have done so within a year.”

The license enables the business to operate in Europe, “with access to all 30 EU and EEA member states.” Atlantic Money plans “to launch gradually across the EU starting with Belgium, followed by Germany and Austria.”

While Atlantic Money is thus officially announcing its activities in the EU, the company has “started onboarding UK-based customers last week who signed up to access the service early since the business came out of stealth in March.”

The company, which has raised $4.5m in seed funding from investors including Index Ventures, Ribbit & Kleiner Perkins, is “building a global money transfer business that challenges incumbents like Wise, Revolut, and PayPal.”

Atlantic Money claims it is “the only international money transfer provider to offer a flat fixed-fee of £3 for transfers all the way up to £1,000,000 at the interbank mid-market exchange rate (0% FX commission).”

Co-founders Patrick Kavanagh and Neeraj Baid, who were early employees at trading giant Robinhood, “launched the business after noticing a divergence in global FX between retail & institutional transfer costs.”

Whilst large financial institutions move unlimited money around the world at effectively zero cost, “securing the live exchange rate by working directly with one another, retail customers are still being charged progressive fees & unjustifiable exchange rates by the most ‘cost-effective’ providers – getting a worse deal when they send more money.”

And yet, the cost of sending money internationally is “largely fixed per transaction – even when sending large amounts.”

Atlantic Money “brings pricing previously reserved for the banks to its customers, driving the cost of larger transfers – sums over £1000 – up to 99% lower than all other money transfer companies.”

Patrick Kavanagh, Co-Founder of Atlantic Money, said:

“We are delighted to receive our licence in Europe so soon after receiving our FCA licence in the UK. Combined, the UK & Europe constitute the largest currency corridor in the world, and we are excited to have the opportunity to launch our service across Europe. We are committed to offering customers unbeatable costs on larger transfers vs all other providers, saving them millions every year as they send money across the globe with one simple £3 flat fee and zero percent FX mark-up.”

Neeraj Baid, Co-Founder of Atlantic Money, said:

“In addition to our European licence, we also started rolling out our product to the customers in the UK who signed up for early access. We have been speaking to these early adopters for the last couple of months to ensure our product is 100% focused on resolving their specific pain points. Encouraged by feedback from our customers, we are excited to launch what we believe to be the best money transfer system on the market for frequent, higher value senders in the EU.”

Atlantic Money is currently “in closed beta and will roll out to customers across Europe throughout 2022.”

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