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Is this the new bank branch?- (06/02)

Is this the new bank branch?- (06/02)

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Funding πŸ’Έ

Highlights below of deals since the last post in the fintech space across the UK & Europe.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Tax fintech Staxxer raised a €1m seed round from NOM, G- Force Capital and angels.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Digital insurance broker Garantme raised a €15m Series B from Bonsai Partners, Bpifrance, NewAlpha and Axeleo Capital.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Climate fintech Maya Climate raised a €1.2m seed round.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§Embedded lender Liberis has secured a €30m debit financing deal with SVB.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§Mortgage lender LiveMore riased a Β£250m credit facility from Citi.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Electronics subscription service Raylo has raised a Β£110m debt financing facility from NatWest and Quilam Capital.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Zopa raises Β£75m from existing investors to target M&A.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Bud secured strategic investment from US credit bureau TransUnion.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ BaaS platform Rackle raised a $220k seed round from Arz Portfolio.

🌍 Stripe is to raise $3bn, led by Thrive Capital, to pay an upcoming tax liability at a $55bn to $60bn valuation

🌍 Fintech infrastructure provider Moov raised a $45m.

🌍 Embedded banking provider Treasury Prime raised a $40m Series C led by BAM Elevate.

Challenger Banking πŸš€

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ M&G are rolling out a robo-advisory firm after previously taking a stake in Moneyfarm.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Monzo saw its revenue double (to Β£440m) in 2022 and is expected to break even in 2023. It also has 7m customers, 350,000 which pay either Β£5 or Β£15 per month and 200,000 businesses paying Β£5 per month.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Revolut is to go on a hiring spree, bucking industry trends and is to hire for 1,700 new jobs.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Consumer lender Koyo has signed a partnership with lending marketplace Freedom Finance which will see Koyo's declined customers passed over to Freedom's panel of lenders to help find them a loan.

🌍 SoFi reported 46% growth in deposits in Q4 with 88% of its deposits coming from direct deposit members, a sign of it being a primary account.

Digital Assets β‚Ώ

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Crypto startup Mode is to wind down its services and has told customers to remove their funds.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ The UK government has announced its intention to regulate the crypto market.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ HSBC are recruiting for senior digital asset and tokenisation roles.

🌍 Credit scoring agency Moody's is developing a scoring system for stablecoins.

🌍 An examiner for the US Bankruptcy Court has described Celsius Network as a ponzi scheme.

🌍 Alameda Research's attempt to regain $446m it transferred to also bankrupt Voyager Digital was rejected by both creditor committee and Voyager.

🌍 The US authorities have warned SBF to stop contacting witnesses on secure messaging app Signal. The co-signers of SBF's bail bond are also to be made public.

🌍 A class action lawsuit claiming Coinbase sold them unregistered securities and failed to register as a broker dealer was rejected by a district court. The crypto exchange is also to show transaction previews in its Wallet to protect against scams.

🌍 Binance has acquired a majority stake in Korean exchange GOPAX, as it re-enters the South Korean market since closing its affiliate in December 2020 due to lack of traction.

🌍 Crypto bank Silvergate is having its dealings with FTX and Alameda Research investigated by the US Justice Department.

🌍 Tether has denied it borrowed $2bn from Celsius, as reported in a court document.

🌍 Chainalysis has laid off 5% of staff.

🌍 BlockFi is to auction off its coin mining business after gaining court approval. It also got court approval for an employee retention program.

Traditional Banking 🏦

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί JPMorgan is preparing to launch a retail bank in Germany in the next two years.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΊSwiss authorities are launching a criminal proceeding against those responsible for the 2022 Credit Suisse data leak.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§There are to be a further nine shared banking hubs open across the UK, coming at an opportune time as more bank branches are cut. Barclays is also opening semi-permanent banking pods.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ NatWest has installed machines for customers to recycle old credit and debit cards,

🌍 BNY Mellon is to offer its execution and technology expertise to other buy-side customers in an expansion of its outsourced trading offering unit xBK.

Fintech Infrastructure 🚧

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΊNew fintech Unbanx enables consumers to share their transaction data via open banking with brands in exchange for rewards.

🌍 Plaid released an open letter to the CFPB with its comments as feedback on the Bureau's data rights proposal.

🌍 Marqeta has acquired credit card program manager Power Finance for $275m in cash to boost its program management tech stack.

🌍 Small US banks are asking for more time to transition from screen scraping to APIs.

🌍 FIS has cut 2,600 employees after a strategic review.

Payments πŸ’°

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Payment provider has made changes to its leadership as it expands in the US and takes on Stripe.

🌍 Online travel agency KAYAK has partnered with Affirm to give users a BNPL option for their travel spend. The BNPL provider has also seen its exclusivity agreement with Amazon end.

🌍 PayPal is to cut 2,000 of its employees.

🌍 Stripe is to be the payment provider for BMW, helping the automaker digitise its vehicle purchases and aftermarket services.

🌍 Twitter has begun to apply for payment licences across the US.

Regulatory Corner πŸ”Ž

🌍 The Biden administration, through the CFPB, is to put a limit on the amount that can be charged in late payments fees for credit cards.

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