This Week in Fintech - Asia | 17th Sept, 2022

Fintech news, updates and fund raise announcements from Asia for the week ending 17th Sept, 2022.

This Week in Fintech - Asia | 17th Sept, 2022

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🦉🏆 Tweets of the Week


🇮🇳 India

📰 Market Updates

  • Insurance FDI limit was raised to 74% but the response from foreign insurers has been lukewarm 18 months since the limit increase.
  • India's Enforcement Directorate (ED) unfroze the bank accounts of WazirX.
  • Navi, the financial firm founded by Sachin Bansal, received approval from SEBI, the securities regulator, to launch its IPO.
  • SBI Bank became India's third bank to cross a market cap of INR 5tn ($ 62.5bn) after HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank.
  • Amazon Pay's India revenues grew 16% YoY to INR 2,000cr ($250mm).

🚀 Product Launches

  • Zaggle, an employee benefits startup, launched Zoyer, a business payments product.
  • M2P*, a banking and payments infrastructure startup, launched a core lending suite.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. DotPe, a fintech and SaaS for small businesses startup, raised $55mm.

ACQUISITION:

  1. Kotak Securities acquired FundExpert Fintech, a multi-asset wealth management platform for independent financial advisors (IFA) and mutual fund distributors.

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🌏 Asia

📰 Market Updates

  • DBS Bank launched DBS BetterWorld, a metaverse project on The Sandbox, a metaverse experience by Animoca Brands.
  • Trust Bank, a digital bank formed by Standard Chartered and FairPrice Group, claimed to have registered 100K customers within 13 days since launch.
  • iLex, a Singaporean Platform as a Service for wealth, launched an office in London with plans to expand across EMEA.
  • Emerging markets, led by Vietnam and Philippines, drove global crypto adoption in the last year, according to a report by Chainalysis.
  • Singapore announced plans to overhaul its financial services industry by 2025.

💰 Financing Announcements

  • Fazz, an Indonesian SME fintech startup, raised $100mm.
  • BillEase, a Philippine BNPL startup, raised $20mm in debt.
  • Reku, an Indonesian crypto exchange startup, raised $11mm.
  • Sender, a Singaporean crypto wallet startup, raised $4.5mm.
  • Neem, a Pakistani embedded finance startup, raised $2.5mm.
  • StashAway, a Singaporean wealth management startup, raised an undisclosed amount.

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