Starting today, German cryptocurrency company Bitwala began offering Europe’s first banking solution for early adopters and mainstream users of bitcoin and cryptocurrency It is the first time that users can manage both bitcoin and Euro deposits in one place with the safety and convenience of a German bank account.
With the integration of video verification, opening a Bitwala account takes just a few minutes. Customers will need to provide an ID and answer a few questions with the operator. This is a mandatory requirement for opening bank accounts known as Know Your Customer, or KYC.
Bitwala is now working to onboard 40,000 customers who previously preregistered to open a German current account with a built-in bitcoin wallet.
“This is a major moment for the banking and cryptocurrency industries. Money has always changed with time. As digitization spreads, the world is now entering a hybrid future where Blockchain-borne and state-backed currencies complement each other. Bitwala’s 30-strong team did a stellar job in developing a service within the confines of banking regulation as a bridge between the traditional and crypto economies. Over 40,000 customers, and counting, already signed up for the new Bitwala account.”
Jörg von Minckwitz, President and co-founder of Bitwala
“We were able to bring cryptocurrencies into a fully compliant banking setup regulated in Germany. This shows that cryptocurrencies can fit into regulatory frameworks which protect consumers and ultimately inspire trust.”
Jan Goslicki, Chief Compliance Officer and co-founder of Bitwala
“We are proud of the whole Bitwala team, with its unique background in cryptocurrencies and banking, who worked tirelessly over the past year to make this happen. Without this diverse mixture of talent, backgrounds, and experience it would not have been possible.”
Chief Product Officer of Bitwala, Konstantin Werhahn
Bitcoin can be traded with just a few clicks drawing from the liquidity in the current account. At the same time, Bitwala’s blockchain banking solution is fully compliant with the regulators. As with any bank account in Germany, Euro deposits of up to 100,000 Euro will be protected by law. The accounts will be hosted by solarisBank, the Berlin-based tech platform with a banking license and therefore supervised by BaFin and Bundesbank, Germany’s banking authorities.
“The new bank account offers users SEPA transactions, easy management of recurring payments, and comes with a debit card for on the go payments and ATM cash withdrawals. For instance, customers will be able to use their Bitwala account to receive salary payments and pay their rent. And if you want to trade Bitcoin, you can draw liquidity from the same current account.”
Christoph Iwaniez, Chief Financial Officer at Bitwala
“We built the new account putting our customers first. No longer do they have to wire their liquidity to separate exchange accounts with frail fund protection measures outside of Germany. No longer do they have to accept excessive fees for trading. Trading with Bitwala is fast and reliable and our pricing highly competitive.”
Ben Jones, Bitwala’s Chief Technical Officer and co-founder
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