Institutional cryptocurrency custodian Protego’s conditional national trust banking charter has expired without it receiving permanent approval, according to a report in Fortune on March 17. Protego failed to meet pre-conversion requirements, the magazine reported.
A spokesperson for the United States Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) told Fortune that the firm did not meet pre-conversion requirements. According to the spokesperson:
Protego, based in Washington state, was granted an 18-month conditional charter from the in February 2021, and it was extended once. Under a conditional charter, an organization cannot accept deposits. An unnamed source told Fortune that Protego had lined up agreements on the necessary financing to meet charter requirements by the Feb. 4 deadline, but it did not receive a firm answer about its charter.
An OOC bulletin dated March 5-11 listed Protego and indicated that time had expired on its conversion on February 4.
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Protego founder and executive chair Greg Gilman said in an interview with Fortune that he felt Protego had met the financing requirement and the company could either reapply to the OCC, which is a division of the federal Treasury Department, or apply to state authorities to operate as a stet bank.
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