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Revolut chair in talks with PRA over licence application

By Michele Maatouk

Date: Tuesday 06 Jun 2023

(Sharecast News) - The chairman of Revolut is reportedly set to meet financial watchdogs this week in an effort to resolve an impasse over its application for a UK banking licence.
According to Sky News, Martin Gilbert, the former boss of fund manager Standard Life Aberdeen, is due to hold talks with officials from the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) as the application process drags on.

One source said they were scheduled to meet on Tuesday.

The talks come weeks after the Telegraph reported that regulators were preparing to reject Revolut's application altogether.

A licence is seen as important because of the international credibility attached to the UK regulatory approval process, and because being able to accept retail deposit would significantly reduce Revolut's cost of capital.

Nik Storonsky, the digital bank's founder and CEO, has publicly criticised the UK government and watchdogs in recent months over the length of time its banking licence application has taken. He reportedly threatened to move the company's headquarters overseas as a consequence of his frustration.

Revolut has, however, been beset by compliance and governance issues, recently losing its finance chief.

Revolut, which was contacted for comment by Sky, previously said it had agreed with the PRA not to speak publicly about the licence application while it was ongoing.


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