This Week in Fintech - Asia | 21st May, 2022

Fintech news, updates and fund raise announcements from Asia for the week ending 21st May, 2022.

This Week in Fintech - Asia | 21st May, 2022

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🦉🏆 Tweets of the Week


🇮🇳 India

📰 Market Updates

  • Paytm is reportedly filing for a new general insurance license.
  • Nithin Kamath, Zerodha's cofounder, believes that India's fintech market size is 100-150mm users.
  • Navi, the financial company founded by Sachin Bansal, seeks to raise $80mm via a public bond sale.
  • EnKash, a corporate card startup, claims to have 70,000 business clients and 550K cards outstanding.
  • A trader from Rajkot with a Telegram group of 1.1mm traders, claimed to have used "black magic" to cause the Indian stocks to drop 4%.
  • Money View, a consumer credit startup, claimed to have crossed $80mm in revenues in FY22 with total disbursement of $850mm. It aims to cross $200mm in revenue by FY23.
  • India's bank credit outstanding grew by 11% YoY to $1.6tn as of 06th May, 202 and bank deposits grew by 9.71% YoY to $2.23tn.
  • Flipkart claimed that it's pay later credit facility crossed 6mm users within seven months since launch.
  • A hacker manipulated Razorpay's authorisation system and stole ~$1mm.
  • Cashaa, a European crypto to fiat neo bank, announced its exit from India.

🚀 Product Launches

  • Slice*, a GenZ cosumer credit startup, launched UPI payments.
  • Hero Electric partnered with RevFin to launch two-wheeler EV financing.
  • WhatsApp launched Pay button for transfers between India and Brazil.
  • MakeMyTrip, an online travel booking company, launched a BNPL option. It partnered with 15 financial firms and fintechs for the offering.
  • VISA partnered with Paytm to launch QR based card payments.
  • BharatPe launched a P2P investment product for its small business users in partnership with LenDenClub and Liquiloans.

📝 Regulatory Updates

  • RBI (central bank): Rejected the universal banking application of Navi, the financial services company founded by Sachin Bansal, and others. Launched Interoperable Card-less Cash Withdrawal from ATM's with UPI integration. Adopted the new definition of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. CoinShift, a DAO treasury management startup, raised $15mm.
  2. WintWealth, a fixed income investment startup, raised $15mm.
  3. SustVest, a sustainable investment startup, raised $160K.

ACQUISITION:

  1. PhonePe acquired WealthDesk, a Smallcase-like, thematic investing startup, for $50mm.
  2. PhonePe acquired OpenQ, a wealth management startup, for $25mm.

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🌏 Asia

📰 Market Updates

  • Alipay partnered with Ingenico to launch Alipay+ across Ingenico's global network.
  • Syfe, a Singaporean robo-advisor investment startup, launched its services in Hong Kong.
  • UangTeman, an Indonesian consumer credit startup, sued OJK, the Indonesian financial services regulatory authority, after OJK revoked the startups license.
  • YAP, a Dubai-based digital banking startup, was granted an In-principal Approval to launch E-Money services from Pakistan's central bank.
  • Elevandi, an entity set up by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), set up it's advisory committee.
  • Nium, a Singapore based cross border infra startup, received an International Remittance Hub license from Malaysia's central bank.
  • Terra, the stablecoin project that crashed recently, was fined $78mm in taxes by South Korea's National Tax Service.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. Xendit, an Indonesian payments startup, raised $300mm.
  2. Mekari, an Indonesian small business SaaS startup, raised $50mm.
  3. Vida, an Indonesian digital identity startup, raised $47.7mm.
  4. Coins.ph, a Philippine fiat and crypto wallet startup, raised $30mm.
  5. RockFlow, a Singaporean investment startup, raised $10mm.
  6. Anycover, a Singaporean insuretech startup, raised $450k.
  7. Quantifeed, a Hong Kong based digital wealth management startup, raised an undisclosed amount.
  8. DT One, a Singaporean micropayments startup, raised an undisclosed amount.
  9. Forward, a Thai DeFi derivatives trading startup, raised an undisclosed amount.

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