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New acquisitions for Acorns, SoFi, and Navan (TWIF 4/9)

New acquisitions for Acorns, SoFi, and Navan (TWIF 4/9)
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Hello Fintech Friends,

Fintechs are getting more acquisitive!

We’re starting to see not only banks and strategics acquiring fintechs, but large fintechs acquiring their rivals as well. Though the market has slowed for fundraises, it continues to be a bonanza for M&A teams.

If you’re coming to New York Fintech Week at the end of April, we’d love to see you at our Fintech & Fitness Workout at Sculpt the morning of April 24th. We’re hosting along with our friends at Cowboy Ventures, Founder League, and Two Sigma.

Then, come wash it down by helping us do what we do best: the New York City Fintech Happy Hour that evening co-hosted with our friends at Citi Ventures, Navan, Valley Ventures, and Currencycloud.

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Please find another week of fintech exits and deep reads below.

☯️ Exits
💻 IPOs & SPACs
  • China’s Yibin City Commercial Bank started the work for a $300 million Stock Exchange of Hong Kong IPO this year.
🤝 M&A - Fintech
  • Acorns, the US micro-investing app which has attempted to cross the pond before, acquired UK digital banking for kids startup GoHenry for an undisclosed price. Acorns was last valued at around $2 billion, and GoHenry raised $55 million last year to buy its rival PixPay in France.
  • Wealth management firm Rathbones agreed to merge with wealth tech provider Investec to create a £100 billion business.
  • Tandem Bank, a UK sustainability-focused neobank, acquired social borrowing and lending network app Loop Money.
  • Corporate travel expense management provider Navan (fka Tripactions) valued at $9.3 billion, acquired its Indian rival Tripeur.
  • Fintech bank SoFi is getting into the home lending business via its acquisition of mortgage provider Wyndham Capital Mortgage.
  • Financial wellness app FinFit announced that it will merge with salary-linked savings and loan app Salary Finance US.
  • Norwegian KYC / ID company Verified acquired Swedish electronic signature platform Assently and is prepping for a fundraise.
  • Walmart-backed Indian payments giant PhonePe backed out of its planned acquisition of Indian BNPL provider ZestMoney.
  • Private equity fund Parthenon completed the acquisition of payment technology provider Global Payments’ gaming division.
  • Employee Navigator, a benefits, HR, and payroll firm, will acquire Ease, a broker of HR solutions for small businesses.
  • Private equity firm KKR will acquire a stake in financial communications software provider FGS Global.
  • Swiss banking software Temenos is receiving new interest from many private equity firms for a potential buyout around the company’s market value of $5.3 billion.
🏦 M&A - Bank and FinServ
  • Mastercard has reportedly put billing and payments fintech Transactis, which it acquired in 2019, up for sale, targeting a $100 million price.
  • Megabank Truist completed the sale of a minority share in its insurance business to private equity firm Stone Point Capital.
  • The FDIC commenced the marketing and sale process for the $60 billion loan portfolio of the failed Signature Bank.
  • Canada’s antitrust regulator is looking with renewed scrutiny at the bid of financial advisor Smith Financial Corp to acquire mortgage lender Home Capital Group for $1.3 billion.
  • Growth and venture capital firm Raine Group acquired Code Advisors, a boutique investment bank.

🌎 Fintech Around the World

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How Allawee is building a financial control platform for African businesses

How tiny, cheap smart speakers unlocked the rise of digital payments in India

How Mastercard is driving fintech adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa

📚 Deeper Reads & Features

Building the FHLB for Deposits

The future of corporate treasury management with Atomic*, Treasury Prime and Meow

FT Partners’ Monthly Market Update and Analysis

Why We Co-Led Paytrix’s* Series A

Real-Estate Investor Run on Signature Bank Helped Fuel Its Demise

Citi Says Mass Adoption of Crypto Will Be Driven by CBDCs, Tokenization

How a fintech company handled a fintech crisis

What remains for fintech after a modern-day banking crisis

Closing the Silicon Valley Bank chapter - Deciphering the rise and fall of the storied firm and what comes next?

The Evolution of Fintech: A Comprehensive Outlook on AI's Role in the Future

Generative AI in Fintech Market Size to Exceed US$ 6.2 Bn by 2032

Banking Reinvented: How Advanced Generative AI Models Are Shaping the Industry

3 foundational wealth management tech trends

At Wise, women earn bigger bonuses than men

European savings banks ask: "What is the business case for a digital euro?"

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