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 [...]

Malaysia Opens a Fintech Sandbox

Malaysia Opens a Fintech Sandbox

Malaysia is ramping up its forces in the global race for the newest fintech innovation. The Asian country has launched its first fintech sandbox with the help of the central bank. The regulatory sandbox will be open to both foreign and local startups.   Enhancing its fintech sector   Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) had earlier started focusing its efforts in [...]

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 [...]

Are Silicon Valley’s VCs Losing Interest in Fintech?

Are Silicon Valley’s VCs Losing Interest in ...

Fintech has been booming in recent years. Investors of all kinds have flocked towards the industry and new fintech startups have been popping up all over the globe. But a recent Inc. post suggests Silicon Valley’s VCs might be losing interest.   VCs not as big of a player in fintech   Fintech companies had a surge in investment from [...]

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 [...]

Fintech Attracting Young Talent and Tech-Savvy Users

Fintech Attracting Young Talent and Tech-Savvy Users

Fintech companies are new and innovative, focused on providing seamless digital technology services to customers. It isn’t much of a surprise then to find out the user base tends to be young and tech-savvy, with fintech businesses scouting for the most refresh talent straight from the business schools.   Report finds newly emerging economies most excited   Capgemini together with [...]

Three Things to Remember when Investing in Quants: an Interview with Michael Richter

Three Things to Remember when Investing in Quants: ...

High net worth individual investor and 40 year financial services veteran Michael Richter shares his insights about due diligence on quants. Three things to remember when investing in quants Operational due diligence - how does your manager segregate controls Half lives, hypotheses and what to look out for before you invest Ask these questions when getting into the black box 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 [...]

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 [...]