This Week in Fintech - Asia | 16th Apr, 2022

Fintech news, updates and fund raise announcements from Asia for the week ending 16th Apr, 2022.

This Week in Fintech - Asia | 16th Apr, 2022

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🦉🏆 Tweets of the Week


🇮🇳 India

📰 Market Updates

  • Coinbase temporarily disabled UPI as a payment option to buy cryptocurrencies in India after NPCI, India's retail payments quasi-regulatory body, released a statement that it is not aware of the integration.
  • Mobikwik's payment gateway license is yet to be approved by RBI. Mobikwik reportedly is yet to meet with the minimum capital requirements.
  • NPCI, India's quasi-regulatory retail payments body, mandated all UPI ecosystem participants to enable reversal processing for Online Dispute Resolution.
  • Crypto trading volumes in India collapsed ten days after new tax regime came into effect - WazirX - 72%, ZebPay - 59%, CoinDCX -52%, and BitBns -41%.
  • RupiFi claimed to have crossed 1mm B2B BNPL transactions.
  • BankBazaar claimed to be growing 100% CAGR YoY with an annualised revenue run rate of INR 156 Cr ($ 20.5mm) in FY22 (ending March, 2022) while achieving profitability in the month of March, 2022.
  • OfBusiness plans to raise $2bn via an IPO later in 2022.
  • NPCI, a retail payments quasi-regulatory body, approved WhatsApp to have up to 100mm users for its payments business.
  • PhonePe claimed to process 100mm payment transactions a day recently.
  • RBI approved the first fintech-led NBFC-Factor license of 121 Finance, an invoice factoring service.

🚀 Product Launches

  • KredX partnered with ICICI Bank to launch Cash Back Commercial Card for B2B payments.
  • Razorpay partnered with Trustly to launch B2B payments to Europe.
  • LendDen Club, a P2P lender, launched LendDen Club Alpha, a fintech venture fund.

📝 Regulatory Updates

  • RBI (central bank): Released guidelines for establishment of digital banking units. Released a framework for the compliance function and the role of a Chief Compliance Officer for NBFC's in the Upper and Middle Layers.
  • SEBI (securities): Introduced a risk management framework for the electronic gold receipt (EGR) segment on recognized stock exchanges.

💰 Financing Announcements

  • MyShubhLife, a gig worker financial product aggregator, raised $13mm.
  • EximPe, a SMB cross border payments startup, raised $3.5mm.
  • Hubble, a goal based savings startup, raised $3.4mm.
  • iTribe, a social investing startup, raised $1mm.
  • Leaf Round, an alternate investment startup, raised $300K.
  • BeyondIRR, an agent SaaS platform wealth product distribution, raised an undisclosed amount.

ACQUISITIONS:

  • Pine Labs acquired Mosambee, an offline digital payments acceptance startup for $100mm.

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🌏 Asia

📰 Market Updates

  • Coda Payments, a Singaporean entertainment payments company, is raising funds at a valuation of $2.5bn.
  • Tranglo, a Malaysian cross border payments company, launched its All-In-One Business Payment Solution.
  • Vietnam's central bank expects to regulate fintech banking and has been developing a sandbox for fintech banking to draft a regulation.
  • A report by ASEAN Global Connections and the University of Cambridge specifically cited Ripple and Nium as most notable in cross-border payments.
  • Ajaib, an Indonesian stock investment startup, increased its ownership in Bank Bumi Arta, an Indonesian local bank, from 24% to 40%.
  • FOMO Pay, a Singaporean payments company, launched crypto payment acceptance for Singaporean businesses.
  • KoinWorks, an Indonesian SMB lending startup, launched Neo Card, a credit card, in partnership with Mastercard and BNI.
  • Pakistan received an all-time high inward remittance of $2.8bn in March, 2022.
  • DBS Bank partnered with the Ministry of Education in Singapore to roll out payment terminals at all schools across Singapore.
  • WeChat is reportedly testing in-app digital Yuan (China's CBDC) payments.
  • Xendit, a Indonesian payments unicorn startup, plans to acquire a local bank.

💰 Financing Announcements

  • Voyager Innovations, the Philippine owner of PayMaya and Maya Bank, raised $210mm at a valuation of $1.4bn (the country's second unicorn).
  • Julo, an Indonesian retail credit startup, raised $30mm.
  • Honest Bank, an Indonesian retail credit startup, raised $17mm.
  • ZA Tech, a Singaporean tech company, invested in Aladin Bank, an Indonesia's first Sharia compliant digital bank.
  • Diamond Protocol, a Singaporean crypto investment's vault platform, raised $500K.

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