This Week in Fintech - Asia | 18th June, 2022

Fintech news, updates and fund raise announcements from Asia for the week ending 18th June, 2022.

This Week in Fintech - Asia | 18th June, 2022

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🦉🏆 Tweets of the Week


🇮🇳 India

📰 Market Updates

  • RBI, India's central bank, is reportedly evaluating neo banking business models.
  • Contact-less payments as a percentage of total in person payments grew from 2.5% in Dec, 2018 to 16% in Dec, 2021.
  • Dezerv, a wealth management startup, offers to manage portfolios with a hurdle rate of 15%.
  • NPCI, India's retail payments body, partnered with Lyra Network, a retail payment rails in France, to accept UPI and Rupay.
  • The RBI Governor responded to a question about fintech startups, claiming they can pose a systemic risk.
  • Plural, the online payment gateway of PineLabs, claimed to be processing INR 2,000 crs ($267mm) of monthly transaction value.
  • RBI plans to take its Structured Financial Messaging System (SFMS), domestic financial messaging alternative to SWIFT, global, with plans to make it the regional default.

🚀 Product Launches

  • CASHe, an instant personal startup, launched instant loan disbursal via WhatsApp.
  • Zerodha launched family portfolio view within its brokerage app.

📝 Regulatory Updates

  • RBI (central bank): Lifted business restrictions on Mastercard India. Raised the minimum amount for Additional Factor of Authentication (AFA) for e-mandates from INR 5,000 ($66.7) to INR 15,000 ($200.0). Released its Payments Vision for 2025.
  • SEBI (securities): Introduced new nomination framework for mutual fund investments.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. Siply, a micro savings startup, raised $19mm.
  2. WeRize, an agent driven financial product distribution startup, raised $15mm.
  3. PayGlocal, a cross border payments acceptance startup, raised $12mm.
  4. Pazcare, an employee health insurance startup, raised $8.2mm.
  5. Mewt, a small business neobanking startup, raised $4.6mm.
  6. Hostbooks, a small business accounting startup, raised $3mm.
  7. Nume Crypto, a crypto payments acceptance startup, raised $2mm.
  8. Gullak, a micro savings startup, raised $1.3mm.
  9. Rooba Finance, an institutional crypto and digital asset management startup, raised $1.3mm.
  10. DPDZero, a digital debt collections startup, raised $520K.

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🌏 Asia

📰 Market Updates

  • Minna, Japan's first digital bank, claimed to have 1mm downloads and 400K in 12 months since launch.
  • Huobi Thailand, the Thai operations of Chinese crypto exchange, will cease operations in Thailand after its license was revoked.
  • Wirex, a crypto payments startup, launched new instant payment methods for users in Malaysia and Singapore to load money in their crypto wallets.
  • MAS, Singapore's central bank, partnered with IFC and UNDP to launch a global MSME finance program.
  • Ajaib, an Indonesian wealth management startup, launched crypto trading.
  • Babel Finance, a Hong Kong based crypto lending platform, paused withdrawals and redemptions.

💰 Financing Announcements

  • Flip, an Indonesian P2P payments startup, raised $55mm.
  • TripleA, a crypto payments startup, raised $4mm.

ACQUISITIONS:

  • MoMo, a Vietnamese payments startup, acquired a 49% stake in CVS, a Vietnamese securities company.
  • Circle, a payment and treasury company known for USDC stablecoin, acquired CYBAVO, a Taiwanese digital asset custody and dAPP startup.

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