Maximilian is Kraken´s Head of Banking and Payments. He is responsible for making sure that Kraken’s customers have the most secure, most convenient and most attractive funding options. He has a background in banking as well as project management and has managed to launch Kraken in multiple new markets with additional FIAT currencies and banking rails.


After five years of working for several enterprises for example as Business Development Manager, Executive Assistant, Event Manager and as Founder and Project Lead, Maximilian started off as business development lead at Bunq in 2016. In 2017, he spent a year as an International and Partnership Lead. Bunq is a European fintech bank, which has specialized in account management via smartphone. From December 2017 until August 2019, Maximilian worked as head of partnerships and business development – Europe at Kraken Digital Asset Exchange. Here he was responsible for institutional sales, account and relationship management with partner institutions. Kraken is one of the largest and oldest bitcoin exchanges in the world, consistently named one of the best places to buy and sell crypto online. In August 2019 he became Head of Banking and Payments – EMEA. Here his tasks were sourcing, negotiation and management of financial partner institutions and regulatory affairs. Furthermore, he did the preparation and strategic planning of global market launches. Since February 2021, Maximilian has been the Head of Banking and Payments at Kraken. Moreover, he holds a Grande Ecole Masters degree from EDHEC in France and a doctoral thesis from Teeside University in Middlesbrough.


Kraken is a crypto exchange and bank founded in 2011 and headquartered in San Francisco, where investors can trade 47 cryptocurrencies. It is considered one of the safest trading platforms, earning five out of five stars for security from Shrimpy Academy. Furthermore, Kraken has a special purpose depository institution (SPDI) license. This allows it to manage fiduciary assets and accept deposits, among other things. With a live chat to help investors with any issues, this platform provides a certain level of customer service. Kraken is the first exchange to display its market data on the Bloomberg Terminal and offer spot trading with margin. It also runs a cryptographically verifiable proof-of-reserves audit. Kraken has various investors including Blockchain Capital, Digital Currency Group, Hummingbird Ventures and Money Partners Group.



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