Switzerland Grants Bitcoin License to Xapo, Legal to Operate

Switzerland Grants Bitcoin License to Xapo, Legal to Operate

Xapo, a prominent Bitcoin wallet platform and solutions provider successfully obtained a conditional approval from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, hereinafter FINMA, this week. The approval of FINMA to financial service providers in Switzerland is equivalent to that of BitLicense to the New York-based Bitcoin exchange. Companies willing to engage in the Swiss financial market are required to be authorized by FINMA in order to provide financial service in the country. While there are many types of authorizations granted by FINMA, the most common set of approval is the....


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