Gibraltar’s Xapo Bank Enables GBP and USDC Payments Amid U.S. Crypto Banking Crisis – Cryptonium


All about the world of cryptocurrencies

Gibraltar’s Xapo Bank Enables GBP and USDC Payments Amid U.S. Crypto Banking Crisis

Gibraltar-based, crypto-friendly Xapo Bank has enabled British pound (GBP) and USDC stablecoin payments for its users after a banking crisis shook the U.S. crypto sector.

“From today we have also added support for GBP through the Faster Payments network, meaning members will be able to make payments directly to U.K. wallets or banks,” said Seamus Rocca, CEO of the retail-focused bank, in a statement to CoinDesk on Tuesday. Xapo also activated USDC payments this week, enabling its users to send and receive the stablecoin directly to their Xapo bank accounts without any fees, Rocca said.

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by volume, said Monday it would be suspending its GBP deposit and withdrawal services for all users in May.

Amid the collapse of three of crypto’s preferred banks in the U.S. within the last week, companies are scrambling for alternatives. Many of them are looking to offshore crypto-friendly banks like Xapo. “Xapo Bank took a business decision in 2019 to sell our Institutional Custody business and focus on retail, so we are not a B2B bank in the same way that Silvergate or Signature are,” Rocca said.

Xapo, a licensed private bank and cryptocurrency custodian, has already integrated Bitcoin’s Lightning Network. The Faster Payments system is run by Pay.UK, which is the “recognized operator and standards body for the UK’s retail interbank payment systems,” according to its website.

Read more: Xapo Bank Integrates Bitcoin’s Lightning Network, Partners with LightsparkCORRECTION (March 14, 2023 16:55 UTC): CoinDesk received the Xapo CEO’s statement on Tuesday.

Cryptonium Editors