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Fintech Firm Pushes the Banking Boundaries

Fintech Firm Pushes the Banking Boundaries

A mobile-only financial institution has taken a move towards acquiring a bank charter in the US. The fintech firm called Varo Money has filed a formal application and hopes to become a national bank. This private equity backed fintech firm is yet another firm to push the banking boundaries – while the authorities are trying to keep up with the [...]

PE Firm Finstar to Invest in Fintech

PE Firm Finstar to Invest in Fintech

Private equity firm Finstar Financial Group has announced a strong commitment to fintech. The Moscow-based firm is planning to invest $150 million in fintech startups in the next five years.   Targeting high growth SMEs   The private equity group is planning to target high growth SMEs and provide help to its portfolio companies in terms of R&D. Finstar has [...]

Banks in Brazil & the UK Preparing for Fintech Revolution

Banks in Brazil & the UK Preparing for Fintech ...

The digital revolution has changed the banking sector and more change is to come with fintech startups. Big shifts are currently taking place everywhere, but Brazil and the UK are preparing to be disrupted big time. Many experts believe the banking sector in these countries won’t be the same soon.   Brazil’s banking might go through the biggest change   [...]

Shift to Alternative Assets Gathers Pace

Shift to Alternative Assets Gathers Pace

Institutional investors are turning into alternative assets. The worldwide trend of opting for investments such as property, infrastructure, private equity and hedge funds has been gathering pace since last year. The shift to alternative assets has also driven up valuations of these illiquid assets – concern over returns is starting to mount up.   Alternative assets under management increasing   [...]

The Buoyant Fundraising Market in Europe Continues

The Buoyant Fundraising Market in Europe Continues

The European fundraising market is looking strong and aggressive. Its latest beneficiary has been Star Capital Partners. The private equity group announced this week it has raised €800 million in the upbeat market. But as fundraising has heated up, suitable assets are becoming harder to come by – turning fund’s attention away from the region.   Star Capital breaks the [...]

JP Morgan Eyeing a UK Fintech Business

JP Morgan Eyeing a UK Fintech Business

The US bank has been relatively quiet in the acquisition department ever since the financial crash. However, it has regained confidence and according to reports, is now approaching a UK fintech business. Worldpay Group could become the bank’s biggest acquisition.   Preliminary approaches   Fox Business reported the board of Worldpay admitting the US bank has made a preliminary approach [...]

Banks Are Trying to Keep Up with Fintech Startups

Banks Are Trying to Keep Up with Fintech Startups

Fintech startups are changing the face of the financial industry. People are adopting technology at an increasing pace, which is creating new opportunities for startups to come and disrupt the traditional system. Banks have had to take notice. So, how are major banks trying to keep up with fintech startups?   Increasing technology budgets   Traditional banks have realised that [...]

Brexit Fears Defied by Fintech Startup Yoyo

Brexit Fears Defied by Fintech Startup Yoyo

The British mobile payment app has defied Brexit fears by fundraising an impressive £12 million. The successful fundraising round also highlights the strength in venture capital investment, according to the Financial Times who broke the story on Monday. The fundraising will be aimed at supporting the firm’s European and US expansion.   Big fundraising news for Brexit Britain   There [...]

Australia & Japan to Increase Fintech Cooperation

Australia & Japan to Increase Fintech ...

Australian financial authorities have announced a completion of a framework that will see them start cooperating with their Japanese counterparts. The framework is aimed at promoting innovation in the financial services sector, bringing the fintech sector in both countries ever closer to each other.   Details of the cooperation agreement   The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) announced the [...]

Private Equity Investment Up by 64% in India

Private Equity Investment Up by 64% in India

Private equity investment in India is booming, according to the latest report by Grant Thornton. The report shows PE investment jumped by 64% in value terms in May. The region attracted $663 million worth of private equity investment during the month, driven by big-ticket investments.   Deal value improving, but deal numbers declining   While the deal value increased in [...]

How Are European Banks Investing in Fintech?

How Are European Banks Investing in Fintech?

CB Insights’ research in European banks investment in fintech makes an interesting read. The research company analysed private market fintech investments by assets under management all the way from 2012 to the current year and noticed banks are keen on fintech investments. With the current rate of investing, funding in European-based fintech firms might surpass $2.6 billion this year.   [...]

Could France Become Europe’s Innovation Hub?

Could France Become Europe’s Innovation Hub?

The French voted Emmanuel Macron for president earlier in May. The young and progressive Macron managed to excite the French and not least the financial sector. Macron’s background in finance and his passion for technology has led many to believe big things are about to happen in France’s fintech sector. Could the country become Europe’s innovation hub, especially as Britain [...]

Plynk Raises €25m and Plans to Expand Outside Ireland

Plynk Raises €25m and Plans to Expand Outside ...

Irish money messaging app Plynk has secured €25 million in its recent Series A round. The investment round was led by Swiss Privée Ltd, which is a private investment trust. The fintech firm’s next step is to launch the product in the UK and Europe.   The fundraising round   The €25 million investment round was led by the Swizz [...]

Can Fintech Conquer the B2B Sector?

Can Fintech Conquer the B2B Sector?

When it comes to investing in the financial sector, venture capital and private equity have long been less keen on interesting in B2B companies. But McKinsey & Co’s latest research suggest things might be changing and investors are now targeting financing solution for both buyers and suppliers, together with automated account management tools. Can fintech conquer the B2B sector?   [...]

Fintech’s New Challenger Bank Raises £32m

Fintech’s New Challenger Bank Raises £32m

Fintech is set to change the financial industry and it’s been especially focused on changing the traditional forms of banking. The online peer-to-peer lender Zopa has taken another crucial step to disrupting the traditional banking sector by raising £32 million. Zopa is preparing to launch its challenger bank and taking the fight directly to the old guard.   Wadhawan Global [...]