Luxembourg: your payment hub in the EU
Shaping the future of finance
Drawing on a long history of innovation, Luxembourg is committed to fostering new ideas and companies. By providing a rich, supportive environment for today’s FinTech pioneers it is leading the way for tomorrow’s financial services industry.
National FinTech platform: The LHoFT
Luxembourg has a dedicated national FinTech platform: the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (The LHoFT). Charged with building and fostering Luxembourg’s burgeoning FinTech ecosystem, the LHoFT brings together financial institutions, FinTech innovators, research, academia and public authorities, to help drive forward the development of products which meet specific industry needs.
The LHoFT also makes connections with other FinTech nodes around the world, encouraging domestic and international collaborations, working groups and initiatives.
When FinTechs from out of town arrive in Luxembourg, looking for a tech-friendly base from which to explore the European Single Market, the LHoFT is there to help them settle in, grow and make the right connections.
Luxembourg has many sources of private and public funding available to boost the development of FinTech companies, not just as start-ups but throughout their life.
Commitment from the industry in engaging with the FinTech community is also demonstrated by the dedicated working groups ran by industry associations such as the Association of the Luxembourg fund industry (ALFI) and The Luxembourg Bankers’ Association (ABBL).
Gateway to the European Single Market
A considerable number of FinTech companies, including leading industry players in e-commerce and e-payments, such as PayPal, Amazon, and Rakuten, have chosen Luxembourg as their European hub.
Global FinTech pioneer Paypal has been operating out of Luxembourg since 2007 with a full banking license, allowing it to offer a broad range of services to its customers across the EU with a single license, as does Rakuten.
Main activities in FinTech:
- Mobile payments and e-money
- RegTech (compliance and regulatory solutions) and Big Data analytics
- DLT technologies
- Security and authentication
- Automated investment services
- Alternative lending
FinTech companies looking to develop and commercialise their activities in Europe can leverage Luxembourg’s highly developed financial ecosystem.
Uniquely specialised in international and pan-European business, the fund administrators and custodians, wealth managers and bankers, insurers, law firms and tax advisors of the Grand Duchy speak many languages.
An innovative regulator
Luxembourg’s tech friendly regulatory environment helps Fintech projects to flourish.
Unmatched in their long-standing experience of authorising and regulating financial institutions, Luxembourg’s regulators provide FinTechs a strong environment from which to develop their products and services on a cross-border basis, throughout the EU.
"The openness to innovation in Luxembourg and the proximity of the banks, who are our main business partners, makes it an ideal testing ground for us to quickly learn what works and what doesn’t.”
20.02.2019 - FinTech
Luxembourg Parliament passed a law permitting the use of Distributed Ledger Technology
02.01.2019 - The Financial Centre
New Luxembourg government sworn in, committed to continued development of financial centre
02.11.2018 - Sustainable Finance
Global financial centres meet in Shanghai to drive forward sustainable finance agenda
01.10.2018 - The Financial Centre
Luxembourg continues to rank among the top 3 financial centres in the EU
12.09.2018 - The Financial Centre
GFCI: Luxembourg once again ranked top 3 financial centre in the EU
16.07.2018 - Banking
Bank of Singapore launches Luxembourg wealth management arm to serve clients in Europe
22.06.2018 - The Financial Centre
Luxembourg´s financial centre ecosystem is supporting Brexit business
12.06.2018 - Sustainable Finance
Luxembourg and Shanghai exchanges connect issuers and international investors through new Green Bond Channel
06.06.2018 - FinTech
Ripple partners with University of Luxembourg for blockchain research initiative