The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a warning against WorldWiseFX a few hours ago, stating that this company would act as a clone of the FCA-authorized CurrencyWave Ltd. Indeed, the websites of CurrencyWave and WorldWiseFX are almost entirely the same. Both claim to act as agents for FCA-regulated firms. However, CurrencyWave is a registered agent of Equals Connect Limited, an FCA-authorized payment processor of the Equals Group, along with 64 other agents. Here’s an update on the Equals Group.
|Trading names||Equals Group|
CardOneMoney, Fair EveryWhere,
Equals, Equals Money
|Legal entity||Equals Group Plc|
|Regulatory regime||United Kingdom|
|Business||Authorized Payment Institution|
|Related entities||Spectrum Payment Services Limited (FCA-regulated Payment Institution)|
Equals Connect Limited (FCA-regulated Payment Institution)
Fair Payments Ltd (FCA-regulated EMI)
FairFX PLC (FCA-regulated payment institution)
|Related individuals||Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO|
Richard Cooper, CFO
Christopher John Bones
Alan Renatus Frederick Hughes
Darren James Kilner
Stephen James Paul
Andrew John Phillips
Craig Stephen Granger
Anthony James Quirke
Equals Group Plc is a holding company in the UK fintech and forex space. It owns the FCA-regulated payment institution Spectrum Payment Services Limited d/b/a CardOneMoney and FairFX PLC d/b/a FairFX. The company’s shares are listed in the AIM segment of the London Stock Exchange. Ian Strafford-Tayler is the CEO, and Richard Cooper the CFO.
By the end of March 2022, the company had a market capitalization of £137M. According to the last financial update, Equals Group’s revenue in 2021 was £44.4 million compared to £29 million in 2020, an impressive increase of 52%. The underlying transaction volume soared 87% to more than £6.5B.
The strongest growth in 2021 was recorded by the white label segment, which grew by 220% to £7.7M and is already the second strongest segment right behind Core international payments. 81% of the revenue has been generated in the B2B segment.
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