About us

The European Fintech Alliance (EFA) is a platform for all companies – big or small, established or just started – active in the Fintech business.

 

It primarily aims at supplying early and first-hand information about relevant political and regulatory developments which have an impact on the industry.

 

What is more, it provides strategic advice to companies facing regulatory intervention by policy-makers in Brussels and the EU Member States.

 

It assists its members in formulating common policy positions and in actively communicating their views to key decision-makers so as to create a more favorable regulatory environment.

"Fintech is not only an enabler,

but the driving engine"

Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg's Minister of Finance



Our References

JUN 06, 2018

Business Insider

"The European Fintech Alliance is concerned about the EC's regulatory expert group"
> read more

SEP 23, 2017

Fintech-Experte Tenbücken: 

 "Alle können Mitglied der EFA werden"
> read more

SEP 18, 2017

Marcus Laube
(European Fintech Alliance): 

« une représentation européenne forte des fintech est aujourd’hui nécessaire »
> read more

OCT 24, 2016

Das Investment:

Start-ups gründen Fintech-Verband > read more

OCT 20, 2016

Crowdfund Insider:

Focused on Change: European Fintech Alliance Kicks Off at Deutsche Bourse > read more

JUL 12, 2016

Handelsblatt:

Starttschuss für Fintech-Allianz
> read more

JUL 13, 2016

EU-Startups:

Europe’s Fintech companies join forces to launch the European Fintech Alliance > read more

JUL 12, 2016

Gründerszene:

Europäische Fintech-Initiative gegründet > read more

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Updates

Press Release: Bitwala joins European Fintech Alliance

 

 

“Some of the best-known Blockchain companies are domiciled in the EU and need consistent and harmonized regulation to pave the way for growth and innovation. It is a great advantage for both the fintech and crypto industries to give room for a progressive EU policy debate through a forum such as the EFA. We join the alliance to share knowledge and maintain dialogue with key decision makers”, said Bitwala CEO Joerg von Minckwitz.

 

Brussles/Berlin – With Bitwala, the European Fintech Alliance (EFA) welcomes a new innovative player among its members. EFA now represents 26 members from 6 countries across the European Union.

 

The EFA is proud to announce the admission of another blockchain-powered and highly innovative fintech from the banking sector. With Bitwala, the EFA now represents 26 fintechs from six European countries. The increase in membership demonstrates the growing importance of the fintech sector as a whole as a rising number of companies recognise that it is crucial to be involved in the policy process at the European level.

 

“Innovation in financial technology, if not dwarfed by regulatory discrepancies and redundancies that still exist, is easy to scale across all member states. It is therefore a potential hotbed for start-ups and SMEs to grow and become future pan-European champions,” Roman Kessler, Co-Chair of the EFA said. “The advent of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT) is a powerful case in point. We are very happy that Bitwala is joining the EFA to address regulatory challenges in this new field and maintain both entrepreneurial liberty and the EU’s high regulatory standards.”

 

Only weeks away from launching, Germany-based Bitwala strives to revolutionize online banking and trading driven by blockchain. Clients will be enabled to trade Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies directly from their bank account, which Bitwala will provide users in close cooperation with a partner bank. Furthermore, Bitwala will offer Debit Cards.

 

“Some of the best-known Blockchain companies are domiciled in the EU and need consistent and harmonized regulation to pave the way for growth and innovation. It is a great advantage for both the fintech and crypto industries to give room for a progressive EU policy debate through a forum such as the EFA. We join the alliance to share knowledge and maintain dialogue with key decision makers”, said Bitwala CEO Joerg von Minckwitz.

 

Bitwala Media Contact: Andrea Hesler: media@bitwala.com

            EFA Media Contact: Roman Kessler, roman@fintech-alliance.eu

 

 

EFA was founded in June 2016 to represent the interests of fintech companies vis-à-vis the institutions of the European Union. At present, among its members are: Ebury, Holvi, Wirecard, Figo, FinTech Group AG, Ingenico, SlimPay, Investify, Blackbill, Visualvest, Solarisbank, Outbank, Crossinx, the Fintech Group AG. EFA has an office in Brussels in close proximity to the European Parliament. Over the past half year, a series of meetings and events were organised and supported by EFA, inter alia a Policy Day in Brussels which brought together EFA members and EU decision-makers, a participation in a hearing at the European Parliament as well as several roundtables and platforms in Berlin and at Deutsche Börse in Frankfurt/Main.

 

Bitwala is a German FinTech company founded in 2015. Its investors include High Tech GründerFonds, a public private investment firm comprising the Federal Ministry of Economics and a number of private companies; ALSTIN - the investment arm of the Maschmeyer group; and Digital Currency Group, a New York VC focusing on blockchain innovations. Together with its German partner bank, Bitwala is currently building a crypto first bank account.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Members


Our Partnerships


BOARD

CHAIR

Marcus Laube (crossinx)

 

CO-CHAIRS

Cornelia Schwertner (figo)

Sascha Bross (Holvi)

Roman Keßler (fintechgroup)

   

FOUNDERS AND ADMINISTRATORS

Christian Wenning (Erste Lesung)

Dr. Marc Tenbücken (Hendricks & Schwartz)

 

PERMANENT LEGAL ADVISOR

 Frank Müller (Aderhold)

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What's in for you?


Fast and reliable information about
new regulatory
and legislative developments


Helpful advice on
how to deal with changing regulatory environments and
new legislation


Formulation and representation of the industry’s policy positions towards decision-makers


Valuable exchange of experience between member companies


Networking with
firms in the industry


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How we contribute

OUR EXPERIENCED POLICY AND COMMUNICATIONS EXPERTS


Run the platform


Monitor media, legislative processes and relevant policy developments


Provide for strategic guidelines and support on policy issues 


Bring together members and
establish partnerships


Organize top-level events on current regulatory issues


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Initiated by

THE EUROPEAN FINTECH ALLIANCE WAS FOUNDED BY TWO COMPANIES SPECIALIZED IN COMMUNICATIONS AND THE REPRESENTATION OF INTERESTS. WE ARE DRIVEN BY THE PASSION FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP ON THE ONE HAND AND THE INTEREST IN POLITICS ON THE OTHER. OUR MISSION IS TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THESE TWO SPHERES. 


Hendricks & Schwartz is specialized in the positioning of companies and the active management of relevant stakeholders. We help our clients protect their existing and planned activities by representing their strategic business interest vis-à-vis policy-makers and regulatory institutions on the Member State and the European level. Our offices are in Berlin, Munich and Zurich.

Erste Lesung helps companies find their way through the political and administrative mazes in Brussels and Berlin. Our services include strategic advice and guidance in meeting your challenges in the field of political communications, media monitoring, and the positioning in the political arena in Berlin or Brussels, as well as event and agenda management.


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