Kraken becomes the first crypto company to become a bank in the USA – a report by Saumil Kohli.

Kraken has become the first cryptocurrency company in the United States to become a bank. Kraken is now the first SPDI bank in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Banking Board voted to approve the San Francisco-based crypto exchange’s application for a special purpose depository institution (SPDI) charter earlier this week. Kraken is now the first SPDI bank in Wyoming, USA. According to the Wyoming Division of Banking’s general counsel, Chris Land, Kraken will also be the first newly chartered (de novo) bank in the state since 2006. By becoming a bank, Kraken would get direct access to federal payments infrastructure. 


“Kraken can seamlessly integrate banking and funding options for customers.”

David Kinitsky, a managing director at Kraken and the CEO of the newly formed Kraken Financial, said that they can now seamlessly integrate banking and funding options for their customers by becoming a bank. In the wake of a July letter from the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency giving national banks the go-ahead to custody crypto, the Division of Banking also announced it has been working with Promontory Financial Group. A prominent Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm made up of lawyers and former government regulators. 


The division will publish the first manual for banks regarding policies for handling crypto. 

The Division of Banking, along with Promontory, will publish the first manual for banks regarding procedures and policies for handling digital assets in October, Land said. In addition to more products, Kraken Financial will give Kraken the ability to operate in more jurisdictions, Kinitsky said. As a state-chartered bank, Kraken now has a regulatory passport into other states without having to deal with a patchwork state-by-state compliance plan. The cryptocurrency company has been silent about its application until now. The first hint the crypto firm was interested in the Wyoming charter was in December when it opened a position for the job Kinitsky has now.  

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