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The future of crypto is a cash redemption ETF? - TWIF UK & Europe (15/01)

The latest fintech news across the UK and Europe

The future of crypto is a cash redemption ETF? - TWIF UK & Europe (15/01)

Hello TWIF UK & Europe friends,

Fintech Scotland reports that the 226 fintechs in the country employ more than 10,000 people and that 28 international fintechs are considering expanding in Scotland.

Please find another week of fintech news, financings and exits below.

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Funding πŸ’Έ

Highlights below of deals since the last post in the fintech space across the UK & Europe. Deal data powered by Dealroom.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Payment prediction fintech Full Venue raised €2m from GED Ventures Portugal.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Swiss payment operations fintech Rivero raised a $7m Series A from Seed X Liechtenstein, Kraken Ventures, Inference Partners and 6 Degrees.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Alternative asset fintech Timeless raised a €11.5m round from EQT Ventures.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Digital asset platform Finoa raised $15m from Balderton, Venture Stars and others.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ FX platform AbbeyCross raised a $6.5m round from Valar Ventures, BNY Mellon and Third Prime Capital.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Wealth management software solution Zilo raised a Β£25m Series A from Citi, State Street, Portage and Fidelity International Strategic Ventures.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Digital identity firm Yoti raised Β£20m in debt funding from and existing investors.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Insurtech Hyperexponential raised a $73m Series B led by Battery Ventures and included Highland Europe and a16z.

🌍 Lending infrastructure solution Pier raised $2.4m from YC, Liquid 2 Ventures, ACME, Horizon Ventures and angels.

Challenger Banking πŸš€

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Neobroker Trade Republic reported it is profitable and provided some updated numbers - 4m customers, €35bn in AUM and is launching a bank account and debit card.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Revolut faces a lawsuit in the US over failing to disclose how biometric data is collected, stored and destroyed.

🌍 US neobroker Webull has launched its services in Canada.

🌍 NuBank is expanding its savings product to Colombia. It's Mexico unit has enabled customers to receive payment from the US via WhatsApp.

🌍 Business neobank Arc launched Capital Markets, a way for startups to raise venture debt.

Digital Assets β‚Ώ

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΊCoinbase is in talks to acquire an unnamed company that has a MiFID II licence to allow it to offer crypto derivatives in the EU.

🌍 A raft of asset managers amended their S-1 forms for their spot bitcoin ETFs as competition drove fees lower.

🌍 The SEC's Twitter account was hacked and falsely reported that spot bitcoin ETFs have been approved. It then approved all 11 applications later on Wednesday.

🌍 Bankrupt crypto lender Celsius is asking creditors who withdrew $100,000 or more up to 90 days before they filed for bankruptcy are being asked to return 27.5% of the funds.

🌍 Apple removed Binance, KuCoin and other crypto exchanges from its India app store after the Indian government banned them.

🌍 USDC issuer Circle has filed for an IPO.

🌍 Ripple is buying back shares at a valuation of $11bn.

Traditional Banking 🏦

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Danske Bank is to implment Backbase's engagement banking platform on its digital channels

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Metro Bank CFO is stepping down after joining 18 months ago.

Fintech Infrastructure 🚧

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Swedish einvoicing firm Pagero is to be acquired by Thomson Reuters for $626m.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§GoCardless has signed JustGiving as a customer for its open banking payments product.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ TrueLayer is the first participant to join the SEPA Payment Account Access Scheme (SPAA) designed to premium create APIs that can be monetized better.

🌍 The CFPB is cracking down on data brokers that misuse personal data that could see fintech infrastructure companies looked at.

🌍 Financial infrastructure providers PortX and Plaid have partnered to integrate Plaid's account connectivity capabilities into PortX's core banking solution.

Payments πŸ’°

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Payment solution Intergiro has partnered with card payment processor Silverflow.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Dutch payment firm Multisafe is rumoured to be in the crosshairs of Ant Group who is looking at an acquisition.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Global Payments has entered into a JV with Commerzbank, or sell payments technology to Germany businesses.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Co-Op has partnered with processor ACI Worldwide and Microsoft to move its payment technology to the cloud.

🌍 Twitter is adding P2P payment this year.

🌍 Payment platform Finix launched Payouts.

🌍 US credit card delinquencies are approaching their highest levels since 2012.

Regulatory Corner πŸ”Ž

🌍 Big Tech has hit back at CFPB plans to regulate their digital wallets via a response from the CCIA.


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