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Legacy banks are not catching up - (30/01)

Legacy banks are not catching up - (30/01)

Hello TWIF UK & Europe friends,

Despite common rhetoric that incumbent banks are catching up or have caught up with challenger banks, a follow up study by Built for Mars (link in the Long reads section below) reveals they are in fact not catching up.

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After many requests we’re (finally) putting together One Fintech Swag Store To Rule Them All. Our team has already designed some swag - but we want to hear from *you.*

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Funding 💸

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

🇪🇺 Supply chain lender Twinco Capital raised a $12m equity and debt round led by Quona Capital and included Working Capital, Mundi Ventures and Finch Capital.

🇪🇺 Regtech Salv, founded by three Wise alumni raised a €4m seed round led by ffVC.

🇪🇺 Financial management startup Scaleup Finance raised a £6.4m seed round led by PROfounders and included Fin Capital, Clocktower and CircleRock.

🇪🇺Regtech Hawk AI raised a $17m Series B led by Sands Capital and included DN Capital, BlackFin Capital, Picus Capital and Coalition.

🇪🇺 Beginner investment platform Beatvest raised a €1.3m seed round.

🇬🇧 Rent to own startup Keyz raised a £3m seed round led by Axeleo Capital and Outward VC.

🇬🇧B2B BNPL provider Tranch raised $50m in debt from Clear Haven Capital and $50m in equity from YC, Global Founders Capital and Soma Capital.

🇬🇧 Automotive fintech Caura raised £4m from Lloyds Banking Group.

🇬🇧 Neobank Monument has sold a 9% stake to Dubai Investments.

🇬🇧 Crypto asset recovery specialist Asset Reality raised a $4.9m seed round led by Framework Ventures.

🌍 Fraud monitor Sandbar raised a $4.8m seed round.

Challenger Banking 🚀

🇪🇺 Neobroker Trade Republic has submitted an application to become a bank.

🇪🇺 Airwallex is expanding its team in Lithuania to support further EMEA growth.

🇬🇧 Revolut has opened the waitlist for its highest tier membership plan, Ultra.

🇬🇧 An open letter calling on more credit access for SMEs has been signed by a number of fintechs including Codat, Atom Bank, Funding Circle, Iwoca and Allica Bank.

🇬🇧Q4 2022 marked a high for the Current Account Switch Service, no doubt buoyed by the generous sign up offers of up to £200.  Santander and HSBC were the most switched to and Starling and Monzo having the highest net gains.

🇬🇧 Atlantic Money has complained to the CMA that its competitor Wise delisted it from its price comparison search engine.

Digital Assets ₿

🇪🇺 The ECB is considering a digital euro app to standardise the approach for intermediaries to present to consumers.

🇪🇺 Banks in Europe that hold crypto are to face the highest risk weightings against their holdings.

🇪🇺 Coinbase is fined €3.3m for failing to register with the central bank in Netherlands.

🇬🇧 UK Treasury is hiring for a leader for its CBDC project.

🇬🇧 Crypto custody provider Copper has appointed former chancellor Philip Hammond as its chairman.

🇬🇧 The FCA referred some crypto companies who requested registration to law enforcement due to links to financial or organise crime.

🌍 Binance's bank partner is retreating from the digital asset space and will only process transactions over SWIFT that exceed $100,000. The exchange also confirmed it accidentally co-mingled collateral and customer funds.

🌍 Gemini is laying off another 10% of staff.

🌍 Circle has blamed the SEC for its failed $9bn SPAC due to a slow response to its deal review.

🌍 Bankrupt crypto lender Celsius is allowed to process withdrawals for customers who transferred assets to the platform after it filed for bankruptcy protection.

🌍 Crypto exchange Luno is cutting 35% of staff.

🌍 The SEC has charged the Mango Markets attacker of manipulating the price of a security.

Traditional Banking 🏦

🇪🇺 Commerzbank is suing EY over its €200m Wirecard loss.

🇬🇧 NatWest is shutting 23 bank branches.

🌍 Morgan Stanley has fined its bankers for conducting business over Whatsapp, in breach of regulations which are increasingly being cracked down.

Fintech Infrastructure 🚧

🇪🇺Regulatory monitoring platform SparQ has been acquired by Corlytics for €5m.

🇪🇺 Solaris is to face new restrictions by the regulator Bafin due to deficiencies in risk management and reporting.

🇬🇧 The Strategic Working Group working on behalf of the FCA on the future of open banking has found key players have limited agreement. TPPs wanted a broad expansion of data openness while retail banks were focused on commercial returns.

🇬🇧 Former president of Mastercard UK Marion King is to take over as chair of the OBIE.

🇬🇧 Capital market fintechs PrimaryBid and Winterflood are partnering to offer the others services to clients.

🌍 Marqeta announced its CPO will become its new CEO.

Payments 💰

🇪🇺The German antitrust regulator is investigating PayPal for obstructing rivals and restricting price competition for merchant services.

🇪🇺 Klarna launched "Money Story" a personalised summary of 2022 spending habits akin to Spotify.

🇪🇺Mollie is to name former Klarna CTO as its new CEO.

🇬🇧 HMRC has processed over £10.5bn via its open banking partner Ecospend.

🌍 Stripe has become Amazon's strategic payments partner in the US, Europe and Canada. Stripe will also expand its use of AWS. The payments company has also set a 12 month timetable for a decision on its IPO.

🌍 New e-commerce payment processor Wafi, founded by former Plaid product lead Victor Umunze, launched.

🌍 Australian BNPL provider Zip is forecasting to break even by the end of the year.

🌍 One click checkout provider Bolt is laying off another 10% of staff.

Regulatory Corner 🔎

🇬🇧 The FCA is warning firms to adequately prepare for its new Consumer Duty rules as it noticed some failing to properly prepare with the right resources.

Longer reads 📜

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