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You come at the king, you best not miss - TWIF UK & Europe (26/02)

The latest fintech news across the UK and Europe

You come at the king, you best not miss - TWIF UK & Europe (26/02)

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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 Embedded AR/AP solution Monite raised $6m from investors including Valar Ventures and existing investor Third Prime.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Compliance fintech Spektr raised €5m from Northzone, Seedcamp and PreSeed Ventures.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί BNPL solution Zoodpay raised $20m.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Life insurtech Embea raised a €4m seed round from Atlantic Labs and angels.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Treasury management fintech Embat raised a €15m Series A from 4Founders Capital and angels.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Financial infrastructure for crypto firms Januar raised an undisclosed amount from Third Prime Capital, Skyfall Ventures and others.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Neobank Lunar raised €26.8m.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Monzo is rumoured to be raising Β£350m at a near Β£4bn valuation.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Fincrime startup Napier AI raised Β£45m from Crestline Investors.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Reproductive health insurtech Juniper raised a Β£1.5m seed round.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Recurring crypto payment fintech Superfluid Finance raised %2.1m from investors including Fabric Ventures, Multicoin Capital and others.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Digital pensions provider Penfold has launched a crowdfunding campaign.

🌍 Canadian expense management company Float raised a CAD $50m credit facility from SVB.

🌍 Customer engagement platform for community banks Pulsate raised a $7.7m Series A round.

🌍 Capital One is seeking to acquire card network Discover for $35bn.

Challenger Banking πŸš€

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ White label VAT refund solution Revenir AI has launched.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Investor Octopus has increased its stake in embedded wealth platform Seccl as its co-founders leave.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Wise is calling on the Government to stop banks hiding the cost of FX fees it charges to SMEs which it claims cost them Β£2.8bn in 2023.

🌍 FINCEN, the SEC and the CFTC are investigating whistleblower claims against Cash App for failing to carry out proper KYC and AML checks.

🌍 Nubank reported a $1bn net profit for 2023, turning things around from a net loss in 2022.

Digital Assets β‚Ώ

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί The ECB has tried to reassure banks concerned about deposit flight caused by a digital euro and that they should be more concerned about stablecoins and EMIs.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Revolut is launching a crypto exchange for "advanced traders".

🌍 Sam Bankman-Fried may get a reduced sentence now it is more likely that FTX customers will be made whole due to the change in crypto prices.

🌍 A US judge signed off on Binance's $4.3bn plea deal.

🌍 Coinbase has urged the SEC to approve Grayscale's spot ether ETF.

Traditional Banking 🏦

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Deutsche Bank has been warned by regulators over its poor AML controls and could face fines.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Turkey's Garanti BBVA has launched a contactless biometric Mastercard.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Barclays is to close another 22 branches.

🌍 Banks in Singapore are being warned of the upcoming threat of quantum computing cyber threats.

Fintech Infrastructure 🚧

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί An activist investor in Temenos has called for the CEO to be removed but has rejected some of the claims released last week by Hindenburg Research. The company is also conducting an independent review of the allegations.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ OpenPayd is to offer TrueLayer's A2A payment solution to its BaaS customers.

🌍 Programmable assets fintech Xalts acquired Contour Network, a digital trade finance network.

🌍 Partner bank Lineage has been hit with a FDIC consent order and is looking to wind down its BaaS relationships.

Payments πŸ’°

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Adyen customers can activate a B2B BNPL solution through a partnership with Billie.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Payment solution Numeral now supports Swift payments.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Chaos at Klarna this week as Sequoia Capital retracted a request from Sequoia partner Matthew Miller to remove former employee and current Chairperson Mike Moritz from the board.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί Payment provider Mollie has launched Mollie Capital in the UK to provide retailers with Β£250,000 in growth financing.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί SoftPOS solution Softpay now supports Dankort wallet for payments in Denmark.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ BNPL provider Zilch is launching a "Pay over 3 months" zero-interest option for purchases larger than Β£75.

🌍 Restaurant software fintech Toast is cutting 550 employees.

🌍 The CFPB released data showing the higher interest rates on credit cards from the top 25 issuers irrespective of credit risk in an attempt to increase competition and reduce rates for consumers.

🌍 Block reported a 20% increase in Cash App Card MAUs, to 23 million and its BNPL Platform GMV was $8.6bn (+25% yoy). It also may face legal action from the CFPB.

🌍 Google is shutting its Google Pay app as it looks to simplify its digital wallet offering.

Regulatory Corner πŸ”Ž

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί The EU's new Anti-Money Laundering Authority (AMLA) is to set up shop in Frankfurt, beating out Dublin, Madrid and Paris.

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