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Highlights below of deals since the last post in the fintech space across the UK & Europe.
🇪🇺 Wealthtech firm InvestSuite raised a €6m Series A.
🇪🇺 Migrant focused neobank Majority raised a $30m Series B led by Valar Ventures.
🇪🇺 Invoicing fintech CANDIS raised a €15.9m Series C led by Viola FinTech.
🇪🇺 Private markets infrastructure provider Ownera raised a $20m Series from JPMorgan and others.
🇪🇺Neobank for medical professionals CURE raised a €15m Series A from Breega and J12 Ventures.
🇪🇺HR fintech Rosaly raised a €10m Seed round from FJ Labs, Clocktower Technology Ventures, Fin Capital and others.
🇬🇧 Government incentive claims fintech Claimer raised a $4.2m seed round led by Project A.
🇬🇧 SaaS management fintech Cledara raised a $20m Series A led by CommerzVentures and included Notion Capital and others.
🇬🇧 Investment platform Hedgehog raised a £1.2m seed round on Seedrs.
🌍 Sustainable investment platform Ethic raised a $50m Series C from Kapor Capital, Nyca, UBS and others.
₿ Smart contract auditing fintech Sherlock raised a $4m seed round from Achetype.
Challenger Banking 🚀
🇪🇺 Revolut has reached 1m downloads in Germany.
🇪🇺 Personal finance management app Woolsocks has launched in Germany.
🇬🇧 Spend management platform Payhawk is expanding to the US.
🌍 Walmart is to start testing out a digital checking account in the coming weeks according to Bloomberg.
Digital Assets ₿
🇬🇧 Sweatcoin’s SWEAT token launched this past week with users able to buy SWEAT tokens at the Token Generation Event. Sweatcoin has more than 110m users across 60 countries.
🌍 SEC Chairman Gensler has continued to consistently say that most digital assets as securities and should be regulated like securities.
🌍 The Ethereum blockchain successfully merged this past week and went live with its PoS mechanism.
🌍 Starbucks has unveiled its web3 loyalty program, Starbucks Odyssey, which will reward users with NFT stamps for completing digital experiences, will deepen the connection with customers.
🌍 US residents can apply to the Treasury Department for a licence to withdraw their crypto that is trapped on Tornado Cash.
🌍 South Korea has issued an arrest warrant for Do Kwon, the co-Founder of the Terra blockchain system.
🌍 EDX Markets, a crypto exchange backed by Charles Schwab, Fidelity, Paradigm, Sequoia, Citadel and Virtu Financial will start trading in November.
Traditional Banking 🏦
🇬🇧 Research from Censuswide has found a “systematic problem” of greenwashing at UK banks with only 59% measuring their environmental impact despite 100% saying sustainability is integral to their strategy.
🌍 Citi has won an appeal against a prior decision to let creditors keep $500m that they were sent by Citi in error.
🌍 Goldman Sachs is partnering with Modern Treasury to improve its embedded payments for its corporate customer.
Fintech Infrastructure 🚧
🇪🇺 The planned November merge of the three Target2 banking systems is causing concern for the German bank industry who fear chaos.
🇪🇺 Plaid is building a presence in Germany and has hired Michael Possible as its DACH chief.
🇪🇺 ING has overhauled its innovation initiatives and split into individual business units.
🇪🇺 Solarisbank is to introduce real-time transfers as it has been placed on the Instant Sepa participant list.
🇬🇧 Yapily signed Pleo as a customer to improve the payments experience for users for account top ups and businesses can better manage their cash flows.
🇬🇧 Wise announced its enterprise platform will allow its institutional clients to use its SWIFT International Receive service.
🌍 Wio Bank has launched an embedded finance and BaaS platform in the UAE.
🇬🇧 Commerce platform VTEX partnered with Adyen to create a unified ecommerce destination for retailers with an omnichannel approach.
🇬🇧 BNPL provider Clearpay has partnered with travel booking platform Alternative Airlines to launch “Pay in 4” for flights.
🌍 JPMorgan is acquiring payments startup Renovite to power its merchant acquiring platform.
🌍 Global card networks Visa, Mastercard and American Express are adding a merchant category for firearm retailers in a push to help gun control.
🌍 Bolt has pulled out of its deal to acquire Wyre for $1.5bn. No reason was given but the macro environment has mean-fully shifted since April with Bolt laying off a third of its workforce.
🌍 Credit card loss rates appear to be rising with Goldman reporting its loss rate was nearly 3% and Synchrony reporting 3.1%. It was not clear if Goldman’s loss rate was just for its Apple Card alone or for the combined portfolio with the GM Card.
🌍 The Merchant Payments Coalition sent a letter urging Congress to vote for a bill to boost credit card network competition and was signed by 1,600 merchants including Walmart and Target.
Regulatory Corner 🔎
🌍 The CFPB is aiming to bring into line BNPL regulation with similar protections that exist for credit cards.
Longer reads 📜
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