Topics: Private Equity

Fintech Firm Pushes the Banking Boundaries

Fintech Firm Pushes the Banking Boundaries

A mobile-only financial institution has taken a move towards acquiring a bank charter in the US. The fintech firm called Varo Money has filed a formal application and hopes to become a national bank. This private equity backed fintech firm is yet another firm to push the banking boundaries – while the authorities are trying to keep up with the [...]

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 [...]

Shift to Alternative Assets Gathers Pace

Shift to Alternative Assets Gathers Pace

Institutional investors are turning into alternative assets. The worldwide trend of opting for investments such as property, infrastructure, private equity and hedge funds has been gathering pace since last year. The shift to alternative assets has also driven up valuations of these illiquid assets – concern over returns is starting to mount up.   Alternative assets under management increasing   [...]

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 [...]

Private Equity Investment Up by 64% in India

Private Equity Investment Up by 64% in India

Private equity investment in India is booming, according to the latest report by Grant Thornton. The report shows PE investment jumped by 64% in value terms in May. The region attracted $663 million worth of private equity investment during the month, driven by big-ticket investments.   Deal value improving, but deal numbers declining   While the deal value increased in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Indian Fintech Startup Raises $5.3m

Indian Fintech Startup Raises $5.3m

Fintech startup PaySense has raised $5.3m in a Series A round, adding to its impressive fundraising efforts. The latest round was led by Jungle Ventures and it also featured Naspers Group and Nexus Venture Partners. The investment round is a clear example of the strength and attractions of the Indian fintech sector.   PaySense’s strong fundraising efforts continue   The [...]

UK’s Innovate Finance Calls for Stronger Support

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 [...]

Private Equity to Back a Tech Non-Profit

Private Equity to Back a Tech Non-Profit

The technology sector offers plenty of lucrative deals for private equity investors. But now one of the biggest private equity firms in the world is showing its support in an unlikely ally: a tech non-profit.   KKR announced on Tuesday it is partnering with Girls Who Code, which is a program aimed at closing the gender gap in the tech [...]

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 [...]

Private Equity Hungry for Tech Deals

Private Equity Hungry for Tech Deals

Private equity has not always been in love with the technology sector. A few decades ago, tech deals were considered a poor bet for private equity firms. Ideas were not thought to outweigh physical assets as an investment opportunity.   But things have changed – technology is a hot investment opportunity for firms, with many of them looking hungrily for [...]

Australian Fintech Startups Celebrating

Australian Fintech Startups Celebrating

Australian fintech startups are having a good year. Investment has been increasing and the industry is becoming a mainstream player in the AUS$150 billion financial services sector. What’s ahead for the industry now?   Strong investment drives the change   Much of the strength in the industry has been driven by increased investment in Australian fintech startups. In 2015, the [...]

KKR Grows its Tech Portfolio

KKR Grows its Tech Portfolio

Private equity firm KKR continues to grow its tech portfolio. The firm invested $50 million in Cherwell Software to help the software company compete with its rivals. It’s likely the IT company will use the investment in order to make an acquisition to expand its reach.   The software company has made its mark by offering codeless solutions to fix [...]

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 [...]