Less than 2.5 years after entering the United States market, German fintech N26 has announced it will be permanently discontinuing all US operations in January 2022.
All US N26 customers have until Tuesday January 11, 2022 to withdraw their funds from the global digital bank, after which time they will no longer have access to N26, its mobile app, or their accounts.
N26 has assured its roughly 500,000 US customers that they will have full access to their funds as usual until the cutoff date, and that they will receive further instructions on how to withdraw their funds to ensure a smooth transition.
In a press release on November 18, 2021 announcing the withdrawal, N26 expressed gratitude to all its US employees for their immense contributions to building the business in the US market, as well as it’s plan to focus on a “core” European business moving forward. N26 says they hope to apply what they learned from the two years in the US market to their plans for a new investing option for their European users, and to their expansion into the Eastern European Market.
This sudden end in America may not come as such a shock to some observant US N26 users. On top of their withdrawal from the UK market in 2020, in response to intense scrutiny from German financial regulators, N26 was ordered to limit the number of new customers they took on to 50,000 per month in early November of this year.
You can read the full press release here: https://n26.com/en-eu/press/press-release/n26-to-discontinue-us-operations
Founded in 2013 and launched in 2015, N26 is a US $9 Billion German based online mobile banking service with operations in 24 European countries as well as, for the moment, the United States. Their mission is to “Build a bank the world loves to use”. They currently have 7 million customers worldwide and a full European banking license.
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