According to the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), more than 40 banks are already interested in obtaining a license for cryptocurrency depository services.
On January 1, 2020, the updated Anti-Money Laundering Law entered into force in the country, which requires a license to provide customers online banking services, including operations with stocks, bonds and cryptocurrencies.
For companies that previously worked in this business, a transitional period is foreseen until November 2020, but they must notify BaFin of their intention to obtain permission by the end of March.
According to the publication, Berlin SolarisBank AG was one of the first to do this. Earlier, the bank registered a subsidiary of Solaris Digital Assets to provide cryptocurrency custody services.
According to Michael Offermann, head of crypto banking at SolarisBank, digital assets are fundamentally changing the market.
“As soon as it becomes easier to buy and store bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies, we expect significant growth” – he added.
Recall, on the eve in Germany, the American company BitGo, one of the largest suppliers of cryptocurrency custody services, opened a division.