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13 Apr 2021

Token Granted European Payments Authorisation by Germany’s Federal Financial Regulator BaFin

Company secures licence to provide payment initiation and account information services across EU, opens headquarters in Berlin.

13 April, 2021 – Leading open banking payments platform, Token, today announces it has been granted official authorisation by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, BaFin. Token GmbH is now a licensed Payment Initiation Services Provider (PISP) and Account Information Services Provider (AISP) in Germany, with passporting rights planned for an additional 26 countries.

The firm has also announced the establishment of its EU headquarters in Berlin. From its new location, Token will continue to empower European enterprises to drive the shift from card payments to faster, lower cost and more secure account-to-account (A2A) payments.

By providing API connectivity to thousands of European banks, Token delivers rich open banking payments functionality to merchants, PSPs and banking-as-a-service platforms. Token’s stack of A2A payment services include funding an account, paying off debt via loan or credit card repayments, paying bills and other eCommerce payments. Complimentary open data use-cases include customer onboarding and insights, accounting package integration, credit risk analysis and cash flow management. It was one of the first UK companies to be authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as a payment initiation and account information service provider, and the first to conduct an end-to-end payment through a PSD2-compliant bank API.

“When the UK left the European Union on the 31st December, third party providers (TPPs) licensed by the Financial Conduct Authority lost their passporting rights in the EU,” comments Token CEO, Todd Clyde. “We established our European base, secured a temporary license, and applied to BaFin for a permanent licence to minimise disruption from Brexit to our customers. BaFin is the gold standard of regulators and will facilitate easier passporting throughout the EEA. With this licence, we will continue to build on the success of the Token platform across Europe.”

Todd continues, “While account-to-account payments are common in Germany, it is still very early days for open banking payments. APIs now make SEPA Instant more accessible and open banking payments will soon challenge the use of cards both online and in-store. Token’s platform provides unrivalled API connectivity, and a fast-track for businesses to deliver better digital payment experiences to their customers.”

Earlier this month, Token announced $15m in Series B funding with investment from international companies SBI Investment, Sony Innovation Fund by IGV and existing partners. Recent Token customer announcements include BNP Paribas and the launch of BNPP Instanea for merchants, the European PSP Contis and the Banking-as-a-Service provider OpenPayd. Token customer HSBC has also launched its fast and secure alternative to online payments, HSBC Open Payments.

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About Token

Token is an open banking payments platform driving the shift from traditional payment methods to bank payments with best-in-class, Pan-European bank connectivity, data and compliance capabilities. With Token’s complete toolkit, merchants, PSPs and banks create new capabilities and revenue streams through our broadest, Pan-European connectivity to over 3,000 banks. Token is both bank and developer-friendly, and multi-standard by design.

Token Payments offers the simplest way to bypass traditional methods and accept faster, lower cost bank payments. Token Payments provides secure, unified access to banks in Europe to initiate real-time account-to-account payments straight from apps and websites. All from a single interface.

Token has offices in London, San Francisco and Berlin. Token.io Limited is authorised as an AISP and PISP by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK. Token GmbH is authorised as an AISP and PISP by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), with passporting rights in an additional 28 countries.

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