When you mention banking and blockchain technology, the first crypto any crypto-enthusiast thinks is the digital asset of XRP and the Ripple company. (We have actually come to conclude that XRP and Ripple are entirely two different entities.) Another project and digital asset that might come to mind when you mention banking and blockchain technology is Stellar (XLM). The Stellar foundation is geared towards connecting banks, payment systems, and people.
But there is a new cowboy in town by the name of Litecoin (LTC). The Litecoin foundation, through a strategic partnership with TokenPay, has acquired a 9.9% stake in Germany’s WEG Bank. This means we can now put aside the disappointment of Litepay for LTC has found its way into banking.
Through an official announcement, the Litecoin foundation agreed to provide its world-class technology and marketing expertise to TokenPay and several blockchain initiatives that include:
- TPAY Cryptocurrency
- eFin Decentralized Exchange (DEX)
- TokenSuisse Asset Management
- WEG Bank FinTech Platform
- Multisignature Transaction Engine
Initially, TokenPay had acquired the 9.9% stake in the Bank. But now, it has been further transacted to the Litecoin Foundation to further expand the outreach of TokenPay through the above-mentioned initiatives.
Charlie Lee, the founder of Litecoin is quoted as saying:
“This partnership is a huge win-win for both Litecoin and TokenPay. I’m looking forward to integrating Litecoin with the WEG Bank AG and all the various services it has to offer, to make it simple for anyone to buy and use Litecoin. I’m also excited about Litecoin’s support in TokenPay’s eFin decentralized exchange.”
This ‘transfer’ of TokenPay’s 9.9% stake in the bank to the Litecoin Foundation is a progressive move in a sense that WEG Bank is part of the institutional investors the crypto-markets are trying to attract. The Litecoin Foundation has shown business acumen by going after an institutional firm and acquiring a stake rather than the other way round.
Prof. Dr. Jorg E. Wilhelm, Head of Supervisory Board of TokenPay Swiss AG added that:
“We are elated to be in the process of acquiring a large stake in a successful business bank based in Germany such as WEG. Our ecosystem consisting of the TPAY blockchain, WEG Bank, TokenSuisse and Litecoin Foundation provides us with a tremendous opportunity regarding merchant solutions, along with a strong and diverse customer base for our crypto debit card business. The tangible reality of bridging the gap between the old and new world is electrifying.”
It is with these two plans of merchant solutions and debit cards that both TokenPay and Litecoin (LTC) will prosper in the coming months. We also need not forget that Verge (XVG) and TokenPay are bosom buddies. Therefore, this new Litecoin and WEB Bank announcement also benefits the Verge Community!
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