Luxembourg Minister of Finance grants PSF licence to Finologee

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Finologee, a new venture from the Luxembourg entrepreneurs that developed Digicash, is the first FinTech firm to get a double “PSF de Support” licence. The company will roll out its PSD2 and KYC products in the coming weeks.

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24/01/2019 |
  • Pierre Gramegna and Raoul Mulheims

Finologee, the Luxembourg-based FinTech and RegTech specialist, has been granted a ‘PSF de Support’ licence by the Luxembourg Minister of Finance. Finologee will operate under the supervision of the Luxembourg financial industry regulator, the ‘Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier’ (CSSF).

Finologee runs a trusted digital platform that simplifies connectivity between financial institutions and a variety of fintech solution providers, essentially enabling an “App” repository for its institutional clients. Institutions can more easily source and implement components that have been verified by Finologee such as ID document validation, video chat, electronic signatures, access to bank account (PSD2), various KYC and remediation tools and messaging features. Finologee develops a variety of its own apps and aggregates best-in-class FinTech products into its platform.

Finologee’s ‘PSF de Support’ licence covers two types of activities: Client communication agent and Secondary IT systems and communication networks operators of the financial sector (articles 29-1 and 29-4 of the Law of 5 April 1993 on the financial sector). Being granted this licence is a key milestone in the evolution of the company, building on the team’s previous success enabling digital solutions for financial institutions. Finologee have spent the past eighteen months developing and testing the solution and will now begin implementation for their clients.

The immediate focus, based on client needs, is to take live two key modules on the Finologee platform. ‘PSD2 for Banks’, a system that enables banks to meet the requirements of the revised Payments Services Directive (PSD2), will be deployed with twenty-three financial institutions. In parallel, the company’s ‘KYC Onboarding’ application, a white-labelled digital onboarding toolkit, will also be implemented including dynamic risk-based user journeys.

Pierre Gramegna, the Luxembourg Minister of Finance, says “I am delighted to see that the Luxembourg FinTech scene continues to foster its own homegrown companies. Finologee illustrates how the Luxembourg FinTech ecosystem, with its financial industry licences and smart regulation, provides the right framework for a new generation of players that will drive innovation.”

Raoul Mulheims, Finologee’s CEO, says “Finologee is the fourth start-up I have co-founded since 1999. I’m quite sure we have all the right ingredients here, including a seasoned team, as well as four co-founders that have a common history over the last dozen years. We are very excited by the Finologee solution and its value to the financial services industry. The interest we have received so far from the market tells us that Finologee can make a significant impact and become a leading European Fintech company.”

Finologee is led by the team of entrepreneurs that brought us Digicash, the leading Luxembourg mobile payment product and network. Eighteen months after announcing a partnership and a handover to Payconiq - the company that acquired Digicash Payments SA in August 2017 - Finologee’s founders Raoul Mulheims (CEO), Georges Berscheid (CTO), Jonathan Prince (CSO) and Didier Spick (CFO) are moving forward with a solution that enables the creation of a new digital ecosystem. Choosing Luxembourg again as the base for this new initiative was an easy choice for the founders; the support for FinTech from the Luxembourg Government and the country’s financial industry provide a perfect springboard to build a digital finance business.

Together with its sister company Mpulse that was established in 2006, Finologee and its founders will also continue to operate Luxembourg’s national SMS routing and payments gateway and contribute as a technical provider to the Digicash platform.

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