Enabling you to operate a crypto business in Lithuania.
Cryptocurrency Exchange & Wallet License, Lithuania
Introduction to obtaining the cryptocurrency license in Lithuania
If you wish to provide cryptocurrency services in Lithuania, you must register with the Irish financial services regulator for cryptocurrency, namely, the Lithuanian Financial Crime Investigation Service (FCIS).
Buckingham Capital Consulting can advise you on the most appropriate and suitable license, based on your business model and plans. We can prepare, manage and obtain your crypto license in Lithuania with the Lithuanian cryptocurrency regulator.
Types of cryptocurrency licenses in Lithuania
There are two types of cryptocurrency licenses in Lithuania.
1. Providers of a service of exchanging a virtual (cryptocurrency) against a fiat currency
This license is for exchanging fiat to crypto and crypto to fiat and crypto to crypto. This license registration will permit the license holder to operate a cryptocurrency exchange in Lithuania.
2. Providers of a virtual (cryptocurrency) wallet service
This enables the license holder to offer a virtual currency wallet service means a service, whereby encrypted keys can be created for customers for the purpose of keeping, storing and transferring virtual currencies.
Requirements for the Lithuanian cryptocurrency license
minimum of 1 shareholder. The shareholder does not need to be based in Lithuania.
a minimum of 1 director, who may be the same person as the shareholder. They do not need to be based in Lithuania.
an AML compliance officer. They may be the same person as the director and do not need to be based in Lithuania. They must however be fit and proper.
a local physical office in Lithuania. Virtual or shared offices are not accepted.
details of the shareholders must be disclosed to the regulator.
How we can help you set up your crypto business in Lithuania
Buckingham Capital Consulting can advise you on the most appropriate and suitable cryptocurrency license, based on your business model and plans. We can prepare, manage and obtain your license in the country of your choice and help you understand your regulatory and legal obligations.
Our service involves the following:
- Guiding you through the application preparation stage
- Managing the entire application from planning to obtaining the licence
- Preparing, completing and submitting the application form
- Submitting the individual directorship forms
- Submitting your application to the financial regulator
- Assisting you with any correspondence/further questions from the financial regulator after submitting your application until your licence has been granted.
Choosing the right consulting partner
1. Expertise and Specialism within Banking, Payments and E-money
Banking, e-money and payment services are a specialist field, requiring prior expertise, knowledge and a specialist focus. You should ensure that your consultant specialises in this area as opposed to generalising in it. They should be comfortable explaining the technical aspects of this field, such as providing technical and regulatory requirements for license authorisation. The financial regulator will have conditions and expectations regarding different aspects of the application. For example, shareholders and management should be fit & proper, of good repute and have relevant experience and knowledge. A good consultant should be able to advise you on the regulatory requirements early on in order to manage your time effectively and minimise any delays or wrong decisions. It should be your consultant’s role to guide and advise you on best practices and the regulatory requirements. For example, we spend time advising clients from an early stage, in fact during the initial meeting and prior to taking on their application, of such requirements so that they are able to make an informed decision before investing their time.
2. Ability to access banking products and services
Setting up an e-money, payment or banking fintech goes beyond the scope of obtaining a license. You will require specialist banking facilities, such as client safeguarding accounts, and access to payment systems, such as SEPA and Swift. Furthermore, you will require systems and software to manage your business. It is therefore important that your consulting partner has a strong network of connections with banks, technology partners and regulators. For example, by working closely with partners, such as Visa, Mastercard, Wirecard, and central banks, we are able to help clients by arranging banking facilities, such as safeguarding accounts, issuing cards, and access to payment infrastructures, such as SWIFT and SEPA.
Communication between a consultant and their client is extremely important. They should be open to meet with you if required or to discuss your project during an initial meeting and thereafter have regular conversations with their clients. For example, we have at least a weekly telephone or conference call with our clients to discuss the progress of their license authorisation application or related project. This helps the client to understand the progress on their application and being able to report key information and developments to their management team or board. At the same time, it enables us to understand how the client is coming along in developing the operational aspect of their business.
4. International approach
Banking, electronic money and payment services are international in their very nature. As our clients grow internationally their needs change. Firms, therefore, require licenses, banking facilities, infrastructure and partners in international markets. We often find firms working with multiple legal, accounting and related firms. This can be challenging for such firms and often slows down their international growth. Furthermore, firms then must work with multiple partners within each country to manage different requirements e.g. company formation, accounting, legal, systems & IT, banks, and software vendors. This is further problematic when entering new markets. To manage these problems, our services are offered on an international level with offices strategically located in key jurisdictions across Europe and Asia. Our clients enjoy one point of contact for all their national and international requirements. This helps to remove any language barriers which they would otherwise face. Our services include accounting, legal, administrative and banking, which means that our clients can centralise their requirements with us.
5. Prior authorisation applications experience and success rate
Firms should ensure that their consulting partner has good knowledge and experience within banking, e-money and payment services. They should be able to demonstrate strong knowledge and experience within this area and be comfortable with explaining the legal and regulatory framework concerning banking, payment services, and electronic money. Your consulting partner should be able to share a client reference or provide client testimonials for similar past successful projects. For example, our website provides details of our recent work as well as the names of some of our clients.
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What our clients say
"Buckingham Capital Consulting has been a reliable and trusted partner. They spent time understanding our business, people and processes and worked closely with us throughout the process. They completed our licensing application to a high standard and in a timely and efficient manner. We were delighted with how smooth the entire process was from the application preparation and submission but also with the case officer at the FCA. Buckingham Capital Consulting ensured that our licence was obtained in an efficient and smooth manner. The value and expertise they provide became obvious early on in the process. We highly recommend Buckingham Capital Consulting."