This Week in Fintech (3/20)

This Week in Fintech (3/20)

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💸 Venture Financing

  • Stripe raised $600 million at a $95 billion valuation.
  • CRED, an Indian credit card rewards platform, is raising $200 million at a $2 billion valuation.
  • Bitpanda, an austrian digital currency brokerage, raised a $170 million Series B to expand its investment platform to traditional fintech assets such as gold and equities.
  • CreditShop, a credit issuing startup, raised $100 million and rebranded to Mercury Financial.
  • PayFit, a French payroll SaaS platform, raised a €90 million Series D.
  • Socure, the financial identity verification provider, raised $100 million at a $1.3 billion valuation.
  • UK bank merchant-acquiring startup Pollinate raised a $50 million Series C.
  • Genesis, a UK capital markets software, raised a $45 million Series B.
  • Republic, the private share retail investing platform, raised a $36 million Series A.
  • Brim, a Canadian payments-as-a-service firm, raised a $25 million Series B.
  • Kuda, a Nigerian neobank for Africa and the African diaspora, raised a $25 million Series A.
  • Zeller, focused on building Australian payments services, raised an A$25 million Series A.
  • Invstr, a UK financial education platform, raised $20 million and announced the addition of trading and banking services.
  • Leap, an Indian student loan credit verification company for students abroad, raised a $17 million Series B.
  • Adumo, focused on making payments more affordable for small businesses in South Africa, raised R225 million ($15 million) in new funding.
  • Fondeadora, a Mexican neobank, raised a $14 million Series A extension.
  • AcreTrader, a farmland investment platform, raised a $12 million Series A.
  • Yap, an Indian and Southeast Asian financial data API provider, raised a $10 million Series B.
  • Gatsby, a no-commission stock trading app, raised a $10 million Series A.
  • Enfuce, a Finnish payments and open banking startup, raised a €7 million Series B.
  • Lendo, a Saudi SMB lending marketplace, raised a $7.2 million Series A.
  • Diem, a UK debit card with an instant-payment product return feature for recycling purchases, raised a $5.5 million seed.
  • Capdesk, a UK equity management platform, raised a £5 million Series A extension.
  • Landlord financial services provider Zibo raised $4.5 million.
  • B-North, a UK small business-lending bank, raised £4.45 million.
  • upSWOT, a fintech platform for SMBs, raised a $4.3 million seed.
  • Trullion, a real-time accounting workflow automation platform, raised a $3.5 million seed.
  • Higo, a ‘Venmo for B2B payments in LatAm,’ raised a $3.3 million seed.
  • Pledge, a non-profit fundraising platform, raised a $3 million seed.
  • Dayra, an Egyptian workforce financial services platform, raised a $3 million pre-seed.
  • Honeycomb Credit, a peer to peer lending platform, raised a $1.8 million seed.
  • NowPay, an Egyptian payroll and employee financial wellness platform, raised a Pre-Series A round.
  • After ending its proposed Visa merger, Plaid is in talks to raise $600 million at a $10 to $15 billion valuation.

New S&P Global private fintech funding report.

💵 Debt Financing

  • SumUp, a UK startup that facilitates business payment acceptance, raised €750 million in debt.

☯️ Exits and M&A

💻 Fintech
  • US neobank Chime is preparing an IPO that could value it at over $30 billion.
  • Airtel Africa sold a $200 million stake in its trans-continental mobile money business to TPG’s Rise Fund.
  • Apollo Global Management ended talks to acquire bankrupt supply chain lender Greensill’s UK assets for $60 million.
  • Robinhood acquired recruiting firm Binc to increase its recruiting capabilities.
  • Digital lending startup Blend acquired title insurance and settlement services provider Title365.
  • Credit data provider UniversalCIS raised more capital from Lovell Minnick to fund its continued acquisitions.
  • Private equity firm Endicott Growth Equity Partners took a minority position in government spend software GovSpend.
  • US homebuilder Lennar is divesting its non-core units in order to become a housing financial services company.
🏦 Bank
  • HSBC is in talks to sell its unprofitable French retail banking division to New York private equity firm Cerberus in a restructuring.
  • Australia’s Westpac Bank will sell its mortgage business to Arch Capital Group.
💲 Investment Management
  • Fidelity acquired a minority stake in private market strategy provider Moonfare as part of a joint venture to provide private investment advice to Fidelity’s wholesale clients.
  • Private equity firm Warburg Pincus took a minority stake in investment advisory firm Edelman Financial Engines at an implied $7.3 billion valuation.
  • Eurazeo bought a stake in French wealth management firm Groupe Premium at a €290 million valuation.
  • Financial advisory firm Resolute is looking to sell itself for $1.5 billion.
  • Online trading platform eToro agreed to go public at an implied $10.4 billion enterprise value through a merger with The Bancorp founder Betsy Cohen’s FinTech Acquisition Corp. V.
  • EFIC1, a financial services SPAC that was founded by former Commerzbank CEO Martin Blessing, is filing for a €415 million IPO in Amsterdam.
  • Reverence Acquisition, a fintech SPAC, filed for a $300 million IPO.
  • BharCap Acquisition, focused on financial services and fintech, filed to raise $250 million.
  • Fintech SPAC Thunder Bridge Capital Partners IV filed for a $225 million IPO.
  • 1Sharpe Acquisition, looking for a fintech target, filed for a $225 million IPO.
  • Fintech SPAC Newcourt Acquisition filed for a $200 million IPO.


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