Topics: Business & Finance

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 [...]

The European Commission to Reboot its CMU Plan

The European Commission to Reboot its CMU Plan

The European Commission has revealed it would be rebooting its Capital Markets Union (CMU) plan. The Commission hopes it will strengthen Europe’s financial systems at a time when Brexit is looming over the continent.   The CMU was originally adopted in 2015 with the aim of helping businesses access investment across European border. There were 33 measures in the original [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Mid-Market M&A Pricing In Europe Increasing

Mid-Market M&A Pricing In Europe Increasing

According to the Argos Mid-Market Index, the price for mid-market companies in Europe is on the increase. Mid-market M&A pricing rose by 1.2% in the first quarter of 2017. Private equity funds were paying increasingly high prices in these situations, states the index collected by Epsilon Research and Argos Soditic.   What does the index show?   According to the [...]

Will Post-Brexit Jobs Come from the Fintech Sector?

Will Post-Brexit Jobs Come from the Fintech Sector?

Although the UK is currently focused on election campaigns, the business world is still trying to get its head around Brexit. The talk has turned into jobs and the industries the UK might rely on after it leaves the European Union. For many, the saviour is likely to be fintech.   Fintech will soften the blow   A number of [...]

Modest Start to Global Fintech Investment in Q1 2017

Modest Start to Global Fintech Investment in Q1 2017

KPMG has published its Pulse of Fintech, which covers the global fintech industry performance for Q1 of 2017. KMPG’s research finds global fintech investment to have a modest, yet solid start to the year, with a few strong performers to lead the way.   Global fintech investment falls slightly   The KMPG research shows the first three months of the [...]

Luxembourg Eyeing to be EU’s New Fintech Innovation Hub

Luxembourg Eyeing to be EU’s New Fintech ...

Most of the today’s startups don’t know borders – Innovators want to just go where other innovators are, especially in fields like fintech. The relative ease at which startups can move around has also caused plenty of countries and cities to try to attract the freshest talent. The latest attempt is by Luxembourg, which has just opened a new innovation [...]

Private Equity Groups Agree $730Million GTS Sale

Private Equity Groups Agree $730Million GTS Sale

A group of Private Equity firms, including HarbourVest Partners and Innova Capital, are set to share a $730million windfall after successfully negotiating the deal of GTS Central Europe to Deutsche Telekom, reports Bloomberg.   Heike Pauls, of Commerzbank AG, told Bloomberg, the deal “is not a bargain but still an acceptable price.” Deutsche Telekom would certainly appear to agree with [...]

Russian Mobilephone Retailer Seeks PE Instead of IPO

Russian Mobilephone Retailer Seeks PE Instead of IPO

This week, Dennis Ludkovsky, chief executive of a leading mobile phone retailer in Russia, Svyaznoy told IFR that he is looking for a private equity buyer rather than going ahead with IPO plans. The Russian entrepreneur plans to sell up to thirty percent of the company in a PE buyout. Svyaznoy sells mobile phones and provides banking services in 776 [...]