Eligibility criteria for Non-Bank Payment Service Providers and MSBs

For this criteria to be applicable, you will need to be a client or a prospective client of Barclays Bank PLC / Barclays Corporate Banking or Barclays Bank Ireland PLC (BBI). Please refer to the ring-fencing guidance pages for further information.

Our criteria;

If you are a New to Bank Client, you must have sent us a fully completed ‘New to Bank Questionnaire for Non-Bank Financial Institutions: Fintech and MSBs’. Copies of the questionnaire are available by contacting us or emailing your request to FinTechNewClient@barclays.com.
You will need to be a fully authorised / licenced entity in all of the jurisdictions where you have any activity and evidence of the licences held must be made available to us. Your authorisation will need to be from a Barclays recognised regulator.
We require sight of your strategy and business plan (defining the business model, target client base, geographic catchment and main USPs of the business model) which all must be acceptable to Barclays. This business plan should also highlight if you undertake business activity through intermediaries (such as Agents) and give details of these arrangements.
Your ownership structure needs to be of an acceptable profile to Barclays.

You should have an acceptable reputation in the market place (considered through the principles of ‘fitness and propriety’). 

Your financials (which must be audited and unqualified) must illustrate capital adequacy, asset quality and a sufficiency of liquidity suitable to sustain the business and to invest in the systems required to detect and prevent financial crime.

Your senior management and leadership team needs to be appropriately qualified and experienced in the specific business areas and activity undertaken by the company.
You need to be able to demonstrate a risk based approach evidenced in your organisation’s culture including evidenced management and leadership oversight of AML and compliance programs.
You must be able to qualify the specific risks posed by your underlying client base and operating model, and these risks must be sufficiently mitigated through policies, processes, procedures and use of appropriate technology.
You will need to be able to demonstrate and evidence Financial Crime Prevention Capabilities (including, but not necessarily limited to, robust AML & Sanctions policies and procedures, transaction monitoring, sanctions screening, robust client on-boarding processes & procedures and strong agent or other intermediary program control and oversight) aligned to your business model and supported by appropriate technology.
You must have a suitably qualified and experienced Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) who is wholly independent from any revenue generating function of the business.
You must provide a copy of your key policies and procedures as well as a report and testing reviewing these capabilities. This report must be carried out by a qualified independent external body prior to on-boarding and at least annually thereafter. This report together with full management responses to be made available for Barclays to review. The report will need to be sourced by you and cost of this report is also borne by you. Our mandatory scope for such report is available on request.
Any technology platforms used should be fit and proper for their intended use, especially where they are deployed to mitigate AML risk.
You must meet our minimum revenue thresholds (or pay any fees that address any gap against minimum revenues).
The banking product range required needs to be established and explained fully. Depending on your business model, we may not be able to make all of our products available to you, whilst certain products /services may require further specific due diligence to be completed before they can be made available. Additional requirements for any Agency Banking arrangements are applicable.
You must have robust systems and controls in place to segregate any client funds you hold from your own company cash flows. You must provide an acknowledgement to ‘the disclosures relating to safeguarding accounts’ letter Barclays issues upon initial review and at every cyclical review.
We will only provide services to clients where our Cross Border Activity requirements and appetite are met.
We are currently reviewing our appetite for arrangements where our clients provide services to other payment service providers. This review may impact our ability to on-board your business depending on the specific operating model.