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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   [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Bain Looking for £1bn Flotation for UK Brick Company

Bain Looking for £1bn Flotation for UK Brick ...

  Private equity firm Bain is set to help the UK brick company, Ibstock, list on the stock exchange. Ibstock is among the UK’s oldest and largest brick companies and the initial public offering is expected to raise around £1 billion. The IPO comes just less than a year after the company was taken private by the private equity firm. [...]

Chinese Billionaire After Terra Firma’s Odeon

Chinese Billionaire After Terra Firma’s Odeon

  Private equity firm Terra Firma is looking for a buyer for the Odeon cinema chain. Sunday’s papers reported that its likely buyer might come from China. The historic cinema chain has caught the attention of Wang Jianli, the Chinese business tycoon.   Terra Firma’s Role in Charge of Odeon Terra Firma acquired the cinema chain in 2004. At the [...]

Cinven to Sell ‘Zombie’ Life Assurer

Cinven to Sell ‘Zombie’ Life Assurer

  Private equity firm Cinven could be about to sell the life insurance group, Guardian Financial Services, to another UK insurer. Reports on Thursday confirmed Phoenix is exploring to possibility of an acquisition – the deal could potentially exceed £1 billion.   Cinven’s Decision to Sell   The private equity firm bought Guardian Financial Services in 2011 from the Dutch [...]

KKR Buys a Minority Stake in a UK Hedge Fund

KKR Buys a Minority Stake in a UK Hedge Fund

  UK-based hedge fund, Marshall Wace, announced on Wednesday that the US private equity firm, KKR, has acquired a stake in the hedge fund. The private equity firm has taken a 24.9% stake in the London-based company, with the option to increase its stake in the future.   The Agreement   According to the official statement, the private equity firm [...]

Australian Private Equity Industry Set for a Debate

Australian Private Equity Industry Set for a Debate

  The Australian private equity industry is faced with plenty of turmoil. Private equity funds have plenty of capital to deploy, but the competitive market is making it hard to find enough profitable acquisitions. On top of this, the fee structure is under scrutiny in Australia, just like it is elsewhere in the world. The above topics are surely one [...]

British SMEs Driving Private Equity Activity in the UK

British SMEs Driving Private Equity Activity in the ...

  The Greek debt crisis and the economic slowdown and stock market turmoil in China have hit businesses hard across the globe and the UK has been no different. But while the larger UK businesses have been at the forefront of the troubles, investor confidence towards the small and medium sized firms in the country remains strong.   Findings of [...]

Private Equity Firms Race to the Finish Line with Homeplus

Private Equity Firms Race to the Finish Line with ...

  Monday marks the deadline for bids for the Tesco South Korean unit, Homeplus. The unit is valued at around $6 billion and a number of big private equity firms are reportedly finalising their bids to snatch the supermarket.   Forming Alliances   Reports on Sunday’s Korean newspapers suggest global private equity firms are creating alliances in order to win [...]

BT Pension Fund Investing £1 Billion in Private Equity

BT Pension Fund Investing £1 Billion in Private ...

  UK’s largest private sector pension scheme, BT pension fund, is investing £1 billion in private equity. The fund has provided the task of investing the money to Hermes GPE. The firm has announced it will look to find private equity investments that aren’t expensive or traditional large buyouts.   BT’s Private Equity Plan   The fund announced its plan [...]