Interesting German-Lithuanian Compliance Dispute about Wirecard and fintech regulation
The spot is on Lithuania! The Financial Times reported that German prosecutors suspect that more than €100M was stolen from Wirecard via the licensed Lithuanian Finolita Unio. Via this fintech, at least €35M was said to have flowed to fugitive ex-Wirecard executive Jan Marsalek and another €65M to the now insolvent company oCap (previously Senjo Trading) in Singapore. Both Finolita Unio and oCap are part of the Senjo Group, one of Wirecard's most important partners in Asia, and received a loan of €350M from the latter. Finolita Unio CEO Danas Oliskevicius rejects the accusations and blames the German BaFin.
Wirecard, Finolita Unio, and the Lithuanian Connection
In our researches on scam-facilitating payment processors, Finolita Unio UAB, regulated by the Bank of Lithuania with authorization code LB000490, came to our attention only once as a payment facilitator in the GlobalSpotFX scam with the Estonian Woodstock OÜ (report here). The Financial Times reports that Finolita Unio is part of Senjo Group, a former Wirecard partner through which hundreds of millions have flowed and vanished. More than €100M have been processed through its Lithuanian subsidiary.
High-risk payment processor PXP Financial provides payment services to BetMGM in the U.S.
High-risk payment processor PXP Financial Limited is systematically developing its partner network to enter the attractive U.S. market. In December 2020, the company announced a partnership with MoneyNetInt Group to expand cross-border payments. Now it has partnered with U.S. gaming operator BetMGM, a joint venture between MGM Resorts and Entain. PXP Financial used to be part of the British Entain group until 2017 and is currently a Singapore-based Senjō Group member company.
PXP Financial and MoneyNetInt cooperate for cross-border payments
Regulated by the FCA with reference No 504318, PXP Financial Limited as an Authorized Payment Institution was originally founded as Kalixa Accept Limited by Austria's Bwin. Following the acquisition of Bwin by public-listed GVC Holdings PLC, Kalixa was sold to Senjo Group for €29 million in late 2019 and renamed PXP Financial. The company recently announced its cooperation with FCA-regulated MoneyNetInt Group. Senjo Group was one of the largest - and, according to the Financial Times (FT), most opaque - partners of the collapsed Wirecard.
Wirecard Forensic: Hunting former COO Jan Marsalek and James Henry O’Sullivan
In the German media, the work and disappearance of the Austrian Jan Marsalek has been a central topic in the last few days. As Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Wirecard, Marsalek is said to have been the person actually responsible for the day-to-day business. The 40-year-old manager is said to be a mystery. He has no formal education, no high school diploma, and no university degree. He is said to have started his career at the age of 20 and to have built Wirecard's spider's nest in recent years.