This Week in Fintech - Asia | 23rd July, 2022

Fintech news, updates and fund raise announcements from Asia for the week ending 23rd July, 2022.

This Week in Fintech - Asia | 23rd July, 2022

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🦉🏆 Tweets of the Week


🇮🇳 India

📰 Market Updates

  • The RBI reportedly recommended to the Finance Ministry to ban cryptocurrencies, but the Finance Minister called for global support to regulate it.
  • HDFC AMC's Prashant Jain became the first fund manager to manage INR 1tn (~13bn).
  • Niti Aayog released a report proposing "Licensing and Regulatory Regime for Digital Banks in India".

🚀 Product Launches

  • Slice* launched Purchase Power, a term loan product.
  • Indipaisa, an agent driven financial product distribution, partnered with Signzy, to digitally onboard SME's.
  • Flobiz, a small business neo banking startup, launched eInvoicing on its product MyBillBook.

📝 Regulatory Updates

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. Niyo, a neobanking startup, raised $30mm.
  2. Backspace Tech, an UPI dispute and charge back management startup, raised $450K.

ACQUISITION:

  1. M2P, a banking and payments infrastructure startup, acquired Syntizen, an identity verification startup.

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🌏 Asia

📰 Market Updates

  • The central banks of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand are working to integrate their respective QR-based payment systems.
  • MAS, Singapore's central bank, plans to widen the scope of crypto regulations to cover more activities.
  • FTX is in advanced talks to acquire Bithumb, a South Korean cryptocurrency exchange.
  • The Philippine Central Bank's governor said it's not looking to ban cryptocurrencies.
  • OneConnect, an associate of Ping An Group, partnered with Pismo, a Brazilian tech company, to launch OneCosmo, a digital banking SaaS platform.
  • Zipmex, a Singaporean crypto exchange, halted withdrawals due to market conditions. The Thai regulator issued queries to Zipmex on its withdrawal freeze.
  • Google Wallet launched as a standalone app in Singapore.
  • Home Credit Vietnam, the Vietnamese arm of the Netherlands based financial firm, partnered with Tiki, a Vietnamese ecommerce company, to launch BNPL.

💰 Financing Announcements

  • XLD Finance, a DeFi infrastructure startup, raised $13mm.
  • Fairbanc, an Indonesian BNPL for micro-merchants startup, raised $4.8mm.
  • CrediLinq, a Singaporean credit underwriting startup, raised $2.6mm.
  • MFast, a Vietnamese financial inclusion neobanking startup, raised $2.5mm.
  • Djoin, a micro finance SaaS startup, raised $1mm.

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