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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 [...]

European PE Looking Beyond Europe

European PE Looking Beyond Europe

European private equity firms are setting their sight outside of Europe. The region’s groups invested around €22 billion during the second quarter in non-European assets. This is twice as much investment as the PE firms allocated to local assets.   Shifting focus   S&P Global Market Intelligence reported on the second quarter’s findings that show a strong indication of shifting [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Growth Capital Ventures Attracts a £57.5m ...

UK fintech firm Growth Capital Ventures has attracted a £57.5m investment fund. The investment fund comes after its recent £1.1m investment from private equity, which helped the northeastern firm to create over ten jobs in the region. The latest investment will go towards helping local small businesses access capital in order to grow.   Major investment fund to boost growth [...]

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UK’s Innovate Finance Calls for Stronger Support

UK’s fintech sector is facing tough challenges. The Brexit negotiations haven’t properly started yet and the country is currently in the midst of a general election campaign. For the sector, this means uncertainty about the future.   On Thursday, UK’s fintech trade body called for the government and all the country’s political parties to pledge stronger support for the fintech [...]

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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 [...]

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Ex-Financial Ombudsman to Guide UK’s Fintech ...

Sky News reported on Sunday night that it has learnt the identity of the person responsible for guiding the UK fintech sector through Brexit. According to the reporting, Natalie Ceeney, ex-Financial Ombudsman Service chief, will be in charge of this challenging role.   Taking on the challenge   Natalie Ceenie is to become the new chairman of Innovate Finance, with [...]

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Barclays to Open Europe’s Biggest Fintech Centre

Barclays announced on Tuesday that it would be opening up Europe’s biggest fintech centre. Despite the worries around Brexit, the UK-based bank is counting on the country to remain an innovation hub for financial firms by opening its co-working space in London.   Focus on nurturing new fintech startups   While the innovation centre, which will be located in Shoreditch, [...]

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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 [...]

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Brexit is Pushing Away Fintech Firms

The International Fintech Conference took place in London on Wednesday and the message from fintech companies was: stay away from London. The reason for such a stark message was UK’s decision to leave the European Union last June. However, government officials were also in hand to send a different message.   Straight talk from a fintech ‘unicorn’   The most [...]