BCB Group drops Sutor Bank takeover due to regulatory delay.

BCB Group, a payment processor that connects cryptocurrency companies to the banking system, has terminated its planned acquisition of Sutor Bank, which is over 100 years old, more than a year after it was announced. The company cited regulatory delays and changing market conditions as the reasons for the termination.

“The deal that was signed and agreed and finalized in December 2021 could not complete without Bafin’s approval of the change of control, and while we were waiting 18 months, the world changed, so we both backed out,” said BCB founder Oliver von Landsberg-Sadie in an interview, referring to Germany’s financial regulator.

BCB stated that there is a “renewed focus from depositors on the safety of funds in financial institutions, as well as attention from regulators on the financial health of banks and the broader banking industry in various jurisdictions, including Germany.” The company said it will now focus on its European strategy through its e-money license in France.

“Whilst we still believe in the team at Sutor and their innovative platforms, ultimately we recognise that in today’s market, unrecognizable compared to the 2021 market, we can each serve our clients on our own foundations more effectively than via the deal originally agreed,” von Landsberg-Sadie said.

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