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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

TransferWise’s Bold Move into Financial Services

TransferWise’s Bold Move into Financial Services

TransferWise has announced it will be introducing a new foreign exchange account. The new ‘Borderless’ account will mark the fintech startup’s first step into financial services and showcases the divergence between disruptive fintech and traditional financial firms.   TransferWise has so far attracted over $116 million in venture capital funding and last May, the fintech startup received a valuation of [...]

Brexit is Pushing Away Fintech Firms

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 [...]

Private Equity Fundraising Remains Strong

Private Equity Fundraising Remains Strong

Private equity is continuing its strong performance in terms of fundraising. The latest data shows that despite deal-making slowing down, fundraising activity is breaking records – the future is set open for big deals.   North American funds making gains   Preqin’s latest research into the first quarter has highlighted strong fundraising efforts, especially by North America-focused funds. These funds [...]

Survey: Private Equity Fund Managers See a Sunnier 2017

Survey: Private Equity Fund Managers See a Sunnier ...

A study of private equity fund managers and their perspectives of the future show the industry could be facing a sunnier 2017. BDO’s Eight Annual Perspective Private Equity Study found fund managers optimistic about the year ahead. The trust for better days ahead comes after volatile 2016.   Private equity industry had a challenging year in 2016. PitchBook estimated the [...]

Brexit – The great disorder under the Heavens?

Brexit – The great disorder under the Heavens?

It looks that the financial industry bet the wrong way on the biggest market event since the 2008 financial crisis. The Brexit referendum’s outcome has already been called ‘the greatest Black Swan event of the millennium’ (personally, I believe that this unexpected result rather falls into the category of what we practitioners refer to in our daily work as ‘king [...]

Jung, dynamisch und vielleicht disruptiv

Jung, dynamisch und vielleicht disruptiv

DealMarket in Schaffhauser Zeitung January 22, 2016:   "Das Zürcher Unternehmen hat eine Onlineplattform entwickelt, auf der sogenanntes Fundraising betrieben werden kann. Wo also Jungunternehmer potenziellen Geldgebern ihre Ideen schmackhaft machen können. «Unsere Plattform funktioniert vom Prinzip her wie Homegate für Immobilien», sagt Geschäftsführer und Miteigentümer Urs Häusler. Einen Preis gewonnen   Damit verdient die Firma kein Geld, die Benutzung ist kostenlos. Geld einbringen tun dagegen die für professionelle Investmentfirmen massgeschneiderten Plattformen von [...]

IPOs Remain Strong Thanks to Private Equity

IPOs Remain Strong Thanks to Private Equity

  The market turmoil over the summer has certainly received not just a number of big headlines, but also investors’ attention. The Chinese stock market suffered the deepest one-day drop of all times and the Dow Jones Industrial Average also plummeted by nearly as much as 1,000 points during the third quarter.   While the volatile market conditions have certainly [...]