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It’s official: Griffin is a bank!

London-based Banking as a Service (BaaS) provider has received authorisation with restrictions from the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).

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Laura HauserTuesday 7 March 2023

London, March 7th, 2023 - Today, Griffin announced that it has been authorised as a UK bank subject to restrictions. The company is now officially in mobilisation‍—‌a huge milestone in its journey from fintech startup to bank.

“This moment has been years in the making,” David Jarvis, CEO and co-founder of Griffin, said. “Becoming a bank is testament to the determination of our team, who have been tirelessly building a modern core banking system, a resilient operational backbone and a robust compliance framework. This will enable us to deliver an exceptional banking platform for the UK fintech community.”

Mobilising to become the UK’s first full-stack, Banking as a Service platform with a banking licence

Griffin is now listed on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) register and is in mobilisation, meaning the company can operate as a bank subject to restrictions. During this period, Griffin can hold a limited amount of deposits and carry out a limited amount of payment services.

“We are honoured to receive authorisation in the UK and grateful to the partners and customers that have supported us along the way,” John Weguelin, Chair of the Board at Griffin, said. "The team will continue to work closely with the regulators in building an API-first bank while delivering best-in-class customer experience."

During mobilisation, Griffin will also further develop its systems and controls, grow the team and continue to evolve its BaaS product portfolio. Exiting mobilisation to become an authorised bank without restrictions will be subject to approval by the PRA and the FCA.

Bringing the power of SaaS to financial services: A bank designed for fintech innovators and embedded finance pioneers

Griffin will begin working with a select group of customers who will receive early access to its BaaS products and provide valuable feedback as the bank prepares for general availability. One such early adopter is embedded finance solutions provider Liberis.

“Griffin’s proposition is to offer a suite of banking products that will help embedded finance platforms like Liberis deliver more value to small businesses and differentiate our proposition in a competitive market. We’re thrilled to be an early adopter of Griffin,” Rob Straathof, CEO of Liberis, said.

Griffin’s UK banking licence comes on the heels of a string of impressive accomplishments, including several key executive appointments, a partnership with global financial services leader 11:FS and the launch of its first product, Verify, a complete customer onboarding solution.

In 2022, the company landed £12 million in a funding round led by Notion Capital, during a difficult time for the fintech industry where uncertain economic conditions slowed investment.

Griffin provides easy access to its suite of BaaS products via its sandbox- a free, comprehensive test environment. The sandbox allows users to experiment with the API, build prototypes of financial products and test drive new features.

Register for Griffin's sandbox here.

About Griffin

Griffin is an API-first UK bank and full-stack Banking as a Service platform. It was founded by Silicon Valley engineers David Jarvis and Allen Rohner (who co-founded tech unicorn CircleCI) and is led by a team of banking and technology executives from Form3, Monzo, SWIFT, GoCardless and more. Griffin is based in the UK and backed by investors EQT Ventures, Notion Capital, Tribe Capital, and Seedcamp. Griffin is a UK bank authorised with restrictions by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and regulated by the PRA and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The firm’s Firm Reference Number (FRN) is 970920.