German fintech N26 to leave UK — because Brexit
German fintech startup N26 will pull out of the UK market utterly, because it says its European banking license gained’t allow operation there following Brexit.
UK-based prospects of the Berlin-based firm had been advised at this time their accounts would shut by April 15th, Reuters reviews.
N26 has operated within the UK for simply 5 months, some two years after the general public voted to leave the European Union within the first place.
In reality, its CEO Valentin Stalf advised CNBC in October that launching within the UK was “a no-brainer for us, independent of Brexit.”
N26 hosts roughly 200,000 British accounts, whose house owners are doubtless to be pushed in the direction of digital banking options like Monzo and Revolut.
N26 not even in high 10 ‘challenger banks’ within the UK
It didn’t take lengthy for rivals to poke enjoyable at N26. Dutch startup Bunq posted a weblog providing its skepticism over whether or not regulatory issues really motivated N26’s sudden post-Brexit bailing.
Certainly, N26 is profitable in different markets. It reportedly boasts four.5 million customers globally, nevertheless it by no means actually discovered a stable foothold within the oversaturated British market.
Indeed, information revealed by Sifted in December revealed N26 ranked 19th within the listing of high British fintechs, sorted by month-to-month energetic customers. Cryptocurrency trade Coinbase had extra customers.
As for Revolut and Monzo, they already service greater than 1 British million prospects, as does Starling Bank. So, as an alternative of continuous to wrestle to poach customers, N26 is predicted to give attention to rising its presence within the US market.
The Peter-Thiel backed startup has serviced prospects throughout the US since mid-2019. Last month, N26 claimed it had attracted 250,000 American customers, together with some who’d moved over from large names like Chase and Citibank — nevertheless it want hundreds extra if it’s going to thrive there, too.
Published February 11, 2020 — 17:52 UTC