Revolut executive resigns amid growing tensions with the FCA over banking license



City AM | Charlie Conchie  | Jul 10, 2022

walking a fine line - Revolut executive resigns amid growing tensions with the FCA over banking licenseOne of Revolut’s UK regulatory chiefs has stepped down from her role amid growing tensions between the fintech firm and the Financial Conduct Authority over its sluggish progress on towards a banking licence.

  • Deirdre Halligan, head of global affairs, wealth and trading, oversaw the firm’s expansion, authorisations and regulatory affairs, including its relationship with UK regulators.
  • Her departure, reported in the Telegraph, comes as tensions between Revolut and the regulator grow over the speed of movement on its licence applications, including a full banking licence and fully registered status to provide crypto services.
  • Halligan’s departure from Revolut marks the latest in a series of resignations at the firm, with Harry Gill, Revolut’s global head of regulatory compliance, resigning in May, the Telegraph first reported, and the chief of operational risk and head of UK compliance also leaving in recent months.

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Boss Nikolay Storonsky went public with his criticism of the regulator in an interview with City A.M. last month, saying that the firm’s progress towards a banking licence had been “slower than expectations” and had lagged behind international competitors.

I definitely see the process is slower compared to other regulators.  I’ll give you an example – so we applied for 48 licences across the globe and we received 44, and three of the licences that we haven’t received are actually in the UK.

Storonsky added that staffing pressures at the FCA may explain the hold up, and recommended that certain key performance indicators be put in place at the regulator, as well as “stricter timelines”, more people or “more efficient people”.

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In a statement to City A.M., an FCA spokesperson said that while it did not comment on individual cases, it reviews “banking applications to ensure they meet the standards we expect”. The spokesperson added the regular had “successfully recruited across the organisation” to meet its “expanding remit”, including bringing in over 200 new colleagues in the first three months of this year.

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