Mercado Bitcoin authorized as a payment institution in Brazil

Mercado Bitcoin created in 2013 and which claims 3.7 million customers has just obtained authorization from the Central Bank of Brazil, which acts as a regulator alongside the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM), to operate as a payment institution, under the status of electronic money issuer.

Mercado Bitcoin anchors in Brazil

This green light will allow theexchange to offer services that combine the potential of crypto with traditional financial services.

Central bank approval is an important milestone as it allows us to continue with our business expansion plans to provide an even more comprehensive experience for our customers.

Roberto Dagnoni, CEO of Mercado Bitcoin, in Press release quoted in Coindesk

The stock exchange had anticipated this authorization by recently launching l’application MBpaya digital account facilitating access to a whole range of assets (crypto, NFT, fan Token…).


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As a reminder, cryptos obtained the legal status of means of payment in Brazil last December. A significant step forward, especially for crypto companies obtaining payment institution approval. Indeed, shrouded in institutional legitimacy, they will be able to collaborate more easily with traditional financial bodies, likely opening the way to a more widespread adoption of bitcoin and others.

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