This Week in Fintech (10/9)

This Week in Fintech (10/9)

Hello Fintech Friends,

I’d be curious to hear people’s thoughts on a few recent payments practice updates.

A Canadian settlement will allow merchants to add a surcharge up to 2.4% on credit card transactions, to help them recoup lost revenue from fees. Is this defensible?

And PayPal can now withdraw up to $2,500 from SMB accounts if they’ve been found to “spread misinformation.” Does this violate financial consumer (business) protection standards? Curious to hear your thoughts.

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


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☯️ Exits
🤝 M&A - Fintech
  • ATM builder Brinks acquired NoteMachine, a network of UK ATMs, for $179 million (or 5x adjusted EBITDA).
  • Humane debt collection innovator TrueML * (formerly TrueAccord) acquired the collections business of debt recovery provider Enhanced Recovery Company.
  • MoneyGram acquired 12% of UAE-based payments superapp Jingle Pay.
  • Embedded banking provider Q2 acquired Canadian expense management startup Sensibill.
  • Crypto payments provider Circle announced that it will acquire merchant and developer-first payments orchestration platform Elements.
  • Fintech venture capital firm QED acquired Lingua Franca Search, a boutique executive search firm that specializes in placing financial professionals.
  • Aztec Software, an adult education software provider, acquired financial wellness education platform iGrad.
  • Private equity firm SFW Capital Partners completed the sale of payroll and accounting firm Greenshades to Waypoint Capital and Gearbox Capital.
  • In a surprise move, Naspers private equity arm Prosus called off the $4.7 billion acquisition of BillDesk, the Indian online merchant payments and banking provider, which it planned to incorporate into its PayU business, citing certain conditions precedent which were not fulfilled.
🏦 M&A - Bank and FinServ
  • French bank and merchant services provider Société Générale will acquire a majority stake in PayXpert, a UK-based provider of payment solutions for merchants, acquirers and fintechs.
  • Multinational bank HSBC is considering selling its multibillion dollar Canadian retail banking division.

🌎 Fintech Around the World

SG, HK among top five fintech ecosystems globally in 2021

How India tells us Africa's future

Open banking could be what Africa needs to deepen financial inclusion

Kenya's fintech ecosystem is about to enter a renaissance that looks more promising than the rise of mobile money.

📚 Deeper Reads & Features

July 2022 - Crypto Primitives

August 2022 - Networked Notebooks and engineering serendipity

An Unreal Primer on Real World Assets

Rohit Chopra’s second year at the CFPB could be tougher than his first

Should Robinhood, Voyager, and BlockFi sell to FTX -- a view on the industrial logic

FinTech Platforms Help Paycheck-to-Paycheck Consumers Pay off Debts

Aron Levin, CMO and co-founder of payments company Willa, wants to make creators’ finances easier

Roundtable wants to bring AngelList-style syndicates to Europe

Wall Street worries about lower income consumer, credit for fintech companies

Key developments this week

The Crypto World Is on Edge After a String of Hacks

Small Business Needs Give Rise to Fintech-as-a-Service in North America

How The Combination Of Fintech And Web 3.0 Opens A World Of Opportunities For C-Suite Leaders

Varo’s tech unit looks to speed development, find efficiencies

Pet sitter is no match for rambunctious puppies


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