Hello TWIF UK & Europe friends,
Thanks to everyone that came out for London Fintech Happy Hour last Monday, sponsored by Minna Technologies. It was a great event and an awesome way to round out the first day of IFGS 2022!
For our German based friends, we have a Berlin Happy Hour coming up in May as well.
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Highlights below of deals since the last post in the fintech space across the UK & Europe.
🇪🇺 Credit scoring fintech Qred raised a €10m round from Nordic Capital.
🇪🇺 Embedded stock trading fintech lemon.markets raised €15m in a round co-led by Lakestar and Lightspeed.
🇪🇺 Insurance fintech Insurely raised a €19m Series A
🇬🇧 Digital wealth manager Moneybox raised a $46m Series D led by FISV.
🇬🇧 Fidel API raised a $65m Series B led by Bain Capital Ventures.
🌍 Ellevest raised a $53m Series B from female-led investors.
Challenger Banking 🚀
🇪🇺 Sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Boyko is selling his stake in german fintechs Vexcash, Cashcape and Spotcap.
🇪🇺 Digital private bank Alpian secured a licence and is set to launch this year after also raising CHF 19m in a Series B.
🇬🇧 Neobank Zopa has reached profitability for the first time, 21 months after receiving its bank license, and is on track to have AUM of £2bn by end of 2022.
🇬🇧 Revolut is partnering with Allianz to bring travel insurance to Premium and Metal account holders.
Digital Assets ₿
🇪🇺 The EU Commission issued a “call for ideas” to help regulators about legislative changes needed for a digital euro.
🇬🇧 Secretary to the Treasury John Glen announced incoming legislation to bring stablecoins into the UK payment framework at IFGS2022.
🇬🇧 UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has asked the Royal Mint to create an NFT as he urges the country to become a hub for crypto.
🇬🇧 Checkout.com found that 40% of global consumers intend to use crypto as a form of payment in 2022.
🇬🇧 Executives from Circle have been in the UK meeting with regulators and government officials.
🌍 Citi say the metaverse economy could be worth $13trn by 2030.
🌍 Axie Infinity owner, Sky Mavis, raised $150m to reimburse impacted users of last week’s $625m hack.
🌍 One-click checkout company Bolt is buying crypto infrastructure provider Wyre for $1.5bn.
🌍 Binance has appointed an FCA official as its new global director of regulatory policy.
🌍 Payment app Strike is partnering with Shopify, Blackhawk Network and POS provider NCR to allow merchants to receive dollars when users pay with crypto.
Traditional Banking 🏦
🇪🇺 Danske Bank is facing a criminal complaint for GDPR violations by the Danish Data Protection Agency.
🇪🇺 Bank of Ireland was fined €463,000 by the Data Protection Commission for data breaches.
🇪🇺 CaixaBank’s digital financial unit Imagin has opened up a site in the metaverse.
🇬🇧 NatWest is working with Bottomline to try and stop Authorised Push Payment (APP) fraud with the latter’s confirmation of payee solution.
🌍 US banks that own Zelle want to take on Visa and Mastercard at the checkout but are split amongst themselves.
Fintech Infrastructure 🚧
🇬🇧 London Stock Exchange acquired digital ID fintech Global Data Consortium.
🌍 Some US banks have joined together with Early Warning with a service called Authentify that lets users verify their identity with their bank login details when on participating businesses sites or apps.
🇪🇺 Payment provider Ratepay is PayPal’s exclusive invoice partner for its PayPal Checkout solution in Germany.
🇪🇺 Klarna is looking to turn Priceline, the comparison shopping service it acquired, into an alternative for merchants to Amazon, Google and Facebook.
🇬🇧 BNPL provider Zilch is to start reporting credit data to Experian.
🌍 Visa is partnering with PopID to bring facial verified payments to the Middle East.
🌍 Much hyped one-click checkout startup Fast announced it is shutting down.
🌍 Worldpay is to offer merchants the ability to receive USDC directly for payment settlements.
🌍 PayPal has refreshed its credit card to now give users 3% cash back when they check out using PayPal and 2% otherwise.
Regulatory Corner 🔎
🌍 The FDIC has reached out to the banks it supervises asking them to report their crypto activities due to concerts around stability.
Longer reads 📜
- Authentify - Bank ID Service - Tom Noyes
- One HDFC - Marc Rubinstein
- Network Effects in Fintech - Aika Ussenova & Giorgio Giuliani
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