Perfect solution for pan-European and global payment processing. Equity capital – from EUR 20,000 to EUR 125,000.

Licensed Payment Institution or Payment Service Provider (PSP) is a perfect solution for financial service providers, FinTech companies processing corporate payments and money transfers of private individuals. Payment Institution is the most popular license providing payment solutions for internet shops and internet merchants all around the Europe. The European Union Payment Services Directive adopted in 2007 provides the legal background to the European single market for payments in all EU/EEA area and Single Euro Payment Area (SEPA).

Fast and easy licensing. Friendly regulation

The Bank of Lithuania combines the functions of the central bank and the financial supervisory authority (regulator). Business-oriented regulatory behaviour and significantly lower incorporation, licensing and maintenance costs for financial institutions make Lithuania a preferred jurisdiction for global financial institutions as well as FinTech start-ups. The Bank of Lithuania implemented regulatory “Sandbox” in Lithuania aiming to attract financial institutions coming to the common European financial market.

Services provided by the Payment Institution

  • services enabling cash to be placed on a payment account
  • services enabling cash withdrawals from a payment account
  • execution of payment transactions, including transfers of funds on a payment account with the payment service provider of the payment service user or with another payment service provider: execution of direct debits, including one-off direct debits, execution of payment transactions through a payment card or a similar device and/or execution of credit transfers, including standing orders
  • execution of payment transactions where the funds are covered by a credit line for a payment service user: execution of direct debits, including one-off direct debits, execution of payment transactions through a payment card or a similar device and/or execution of credit transfers, including standing orders
  • issuing and/or acquiring of payment instruments
  • money transfers
  • execution of payment transactions where the consent of the payer to execute a payment transaction is given by the means of any telecommunications terminal equipment, digital or IT device and the payment is made to the telecommunications network or IT system operator who is acting only as an intermediary between the supplier of goods or provider of services and the payment service user
  • Payment Initiation Service (PSD2 implementation)
  • Account Information Service (PSD2 implementation)

Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) implementation

Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) implementation

Lithuania has already implemented EU Second Payment Services Directive (PSD 2) which allows Payment Initiation Service (PIS) – initiation of a payment order from the client’s bank account at the request of the client from the payment account held at another payment service provider (bank). PSD 2 also allows the Payment Institution to provide Account Information Service (AIS) accessing consolidated information from the client accounts held by other payment service providers (banks) and have an overall view of client financial information.

One license for all Europe. Passporting of the license in EU/EEA area

European Union Payment Services Directive (PSD) provides the legal background to the European single market for payments. Payment Institution licensing in one of the member states within the EU/EEA opens up business opportunities to act and provide services in all other EU/EEA countries, enjoy benefits of the Common Market and advantages of the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). SEPA has 450 million consumers and over 20 million businesses making and receiving payments in Euro under the same basic conditions, rights and obligations, regardless of their location in Europe. SEPA allows arranging electronic credit transfers and direct debits in Euro at a low cost just as easy as in the home country. Pan-European payment license issued in Lithuania provides a significant competitive advantage and opens up the European financial market at significantly lower incorporation and operational costs. Lithuania and primarily its capital Vilnius became a new hub for the FinTech companies focused on international financial markets. Favourable regulatory and tax environment, excellent infrastructure, fastest internet and quality talent pool makes Lithuania and primarily its capital Vilnius attractive to large international financial institutions as well as FinTech start-ups.

Reasons why Lithuania is the top jurisdiction for Payment Institution licensing

  • No particular requirement for the directors and board members to reside in Lithuania/Europe
  • Application for a license submitted without establishing a company and freezing equity capital
  • Fast licensing process
  • Licensing documentation can be submitted in English
  • Possibility to provide individual client IBAN accounts. Lookup for the IBAN account according to the alternate identifier: mobile phone number (MSISDN) and Email (URI)
  • Direct access to Single Euros Payment Area (SEPA) through the CENTROlink payment system managed by the Bank of Lithuania (Central Bank). Only the banks in other jurisdictions can access SEPA directly
  • Possibility to safeguard clients’ funds in the accounts of the Bank of Lithuania (Central Bank of EU member state)
  • PSD2 implementation allowing Payment Initiation Service (PIS) and Account Information Service (AIS)
  • Remote client verification. Innovative “know your customer” processes for remote client verification allows to open the accounts without the physical presence of the client
  • License allows provision of the financial services in all EU/EEA without any additional licensing
  • Start-up visa. Special visas for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries running innovative businesses in Lithuania

Being part of ECOVIS International consulting network operating in more than 80 counties around the world, ECOVIS ProventusLaw currently is considered to be the most experienced financial licensing advisor in Lithuania. ECOVIS licensed more than 30 Payment and Electronic Money institutions in Lithuania including well-known names in payment business such as deVere, Nium, Contis Group who set up their European operations in Vilnius. ECOVIS ProventusLaw provides all necessary services for the Payment Institution licensing including preparation of licensing documentation, financial calculations and business plan, representation at the Bank of Lithuania during the licensing procedure, company incorporation, office registration, advice on IT, HR, compliance and other issues arising during the incorporation of payment business in Europe. When the licensing procedure is completed, ECOVIS offers accounting, reporting, audit, compliance and legal services for the operational business.

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