Enabling you to offer payment services to the EU market, including, payment accounts, payment processing, merchant acquiring and money transfer services.
Payment Institution (PI)
Payment Institution License in Lithuania / Payment Institution License and the PI License Lithuania
If you wish to provide certain payment services, such as money transfer, payment processing/merchant acquisition, payment initiation or account initiation services, we can help you obtain the Payment Institution License in Lithuania, also known as the PI License, and provide such services across Europe. To make an application, you must apply to the Lithuanian regulator, namely the Bank of Lithuania
Below you will find key information and requirements to obtain the Payment Institution License in Lithuania, also known as the PI License.
List of services you can provide with a Payment Institution License in Lithuania, also known as the PI License
A Payment Institution License in Lithuania, also known as the PI License, enables the license holder to provide the following payment services:
services enabling cash to be placed on a payment account and all of the operations required for operating a payment account;
services enabling cash withdrawals from a payment account and all of the operations required for operating a payment account;
the execution of payment transactions, including transfers of funds on a payment account with the user’s payment provider or with another payment service provider, including, execution of direct debits, including one-off direct debits; execution of payment transactions through a payment card or a similar device; execution of credit transfers, including standing orders;
the execution of payment transactions where the funds are covered by a credit line for a payment service user, including the execution of direct debits, including one-off direct debits; execution of payment transactions through a payment card or a similar device; (iii)execution of credit transfers, including standing orders;
issuing payment instruments or acquiring payment transactions;
payment initiation services;
account information services.
Licensing process for the Payment Institution License in Lithuania, also known as the PI License Lithuania
Legal framework and legislation for Payment Institutions (PI) in Lithuania
The Bank of Lithuania is the Lithuanian financial services regulator. It supervises firms including Payment Institutions (PIs) in Lithuania.
- Resolution No 03-181 of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania of 14 November 2013 on approval of the Guidelines on the Assessment of Members of the Management Body and Key Function Holders of the Financial Market Participants Supervised by the Bank of Lithuania
Advantages of obtaining a Payment Institution License in Lithuania, also known as the PI License
The Lithuanian financial regulator, namely, the Bank of Lithuania, is a friendly and supportive regulator. Some key advantages include:
- a newcomer programme for firms looking to set up their fintech in Lithuania.
- a smooth licensing process – 3 months for electronic money or payment institution licenses.
- remote KYC for customer onboarding whilst relaxing on financial penalties for start-ups – for example, no regulatory fines or penalties in the first year of operation.
- access SEPA and CENTROlink – a payment system developed and operated by the Bank of Lithuania.
Key features of the Payment Institution License in Lithuania, also known as the PI License
- a license issued in Lithuania is recognised in all other EEA (European Economic Area) member states. Through ‘passporting’, this enables the payment institution to operate across all EEA countries with a single license.
- issue payment accounts with IBAN codes, across Europe.
- obtain the Payment Institution license in as little as 3 months.
- join payment schemes such as SEPA.
- remote account opening for individual and business customers.
- issue Visa or Mastercard payment cards for both individual and business users.
Lithuanian Payment Institution (PI) License application documents
As part of a Payment Institution / PI license application in Lithuania, the following information must be prepared and provided to the regulator:
- company identification details
- programme of operations
- business plan and financial forecasts
- a description of your business’s organisation structure
- evidence of your initial capital
- measures to safeguard funds of your users
- compliance & governance arrangements and internal controls
- procedure for monitoring, handling, and following up on security incidents and security-related customer complaints
- processes for filing, monitoring, tracking and restricting access to sensitive payment data
- business continuity measures
- the principles and definitions applicable to the collection of statistical data on performance, transaction and fraud
- security policy
- internal control mechanisms to comply with obligations in relation to money laundering and terrorist financing (AML/CTF obligations)
Overview of the Payment Institution License in Lithuania, also known as the PI License
1. Expertise and Specialism within Banking, Payments and E-money
Payments is 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 a payment institution 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
Payments 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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"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."