This Week in Fintech UK & Europe (25/04)
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Congratulations to the many winners at the UK Fintech Award 2022 including Curve, Moneyhub, R3, PensionBee, Habito, Wombat, Token and Hypejar!
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Highlights below of deals since the last post in the fintech space across the UK & Europe.
🇪🇺 Fraud startup Seon raised a $94m Series B led by IVP.
🇪🇺 Sustainable bank Helios raised a €9m Seed round from Serena, Verve Ventures, Raise, Plug and Play and Motier Ventures.
🇪🇺 Money automation fintech Flow Your Money raised a €3.5m seed round led by Eleven Ventures.
🇪🇺 B2B BNPL provider Mondu raised a €40m round from Valar Ventures.
🇪🇺 SME neobank Qonto raised €5m in a crowdfunding campaign.
🇬🇧 Super Payments, a new fintech from Funding Circle founder Desai, raised $30m from Accel and Local Globe.
🇬🇧 B2B payments fintech Previse raised a $10.4m Series B from Tencent.
🇬🇧 Immigrant lending fintech Pillar raised €15.6m in a round led by Global Founders Capital and Backed VC.
Challenger Banking 🚀
🇪🇺 N26 is cancelling some customers accounts and freezing credit according to Handelsblatt.
🇪🇺 Scalable Capital has expanded to Italy to bring its commission-free trading platform and crypto investing product deeper into Europe.
🇬🇧 Lender Shawbrook Bank is offering a discount on mortgage rates for borrowers who share their banking data via the open banking credit provider ClearScore.
🇬🇧 Revolut has partnered with Cross River Bank to help scale its US credit and loans offering. The neobank is also adding hundreds more jobs in India.
🇬🇧 Savings and investments fintech Chip is to build an alternative asset platform to let customers invest in fractional shares of luxury items.
🇬🇧 PensionBee has moved up into the London Stock Exchange’s Premium Segment and also announced a £17m run rate and AUM of £2.74bn.
🌍 Brex acquired Pry Financials, a software platform for budgeting and bookkeeping, for $90m.
Digital Assets ₿
🇬🇧 Crypto payments firm Mercuryo has partnered with payments provider Volt to add Open Banking payments to their list of onramp options.
🇬🇧 Crypto firm Ziglu is to be acquired by US neobroker Robinhood.
🌍 Coinbase pledged to give the market a heads-up on tokens it is considering to list with the announcement timing coincidentally coming out after discovery of a Ethereum wallet that bought tokens that exclusively featured on the list before it was published. It also launched its NFT marketplace.
🌍 The US government has alleged that a North Korean hacking group called Lazarus was responsible for the ~$600m Axie Infinity hack last month.
🌍 MetaMask has told users that automatic backups in Apple devices could allow hackers to steal their funds.
🌍 Tron is getting its own algorithmic stablecoin, USDD, and it will have a $10bn reserve as collateral.
🌍 Binance is limiting its service for Russian nationals, customers living in Russia and companies established in Russia in response to the EU’s new fifth sanctions package.
Traditional Banking 🏦
🇪🇺 SocGen has launched an accelerator program for startups that are innovating in the trade finance and transaction banking space.
🇪🇺 Commerzbank is rumoured to have applied for a crypto licence so it can provide exchange and crypto-asset services.
🇬🇧 Nationwide is streamlining the card dispute process after seeing an increase of over 250% during Covid.
🇬🇧 TSB has warned customers against an increase in impersonation fraud.
🇬🇧 Santander is shortening the opening hours of branches and moving to an appointment only model during the afternoons.
Fintech Infrastructure 🚧
🇪🇺 Core banking provider Mambu released some numbers of the weekend and reported 2020 revenue of €31.3m and gross profit of €14.5m giving a gross margin of 46%.
🇪🇺 Neobroker Trade Republic is switching its customers settlement accounts away from Solarisbank to Deutsche Bank.
🇬🇧 Core banking software provider Finastra has teamed up with EcoTree to provide banks a way to remove the carbon footprint associated with running its software.
🇪🇺 Digital payments fintech TerraPay has secured a US money service licence in the US to support its cross-border payments infrastructure.
🌍 Stripe has hired James Phillips, from Microsoft, as its president of financial services.
Regulatory Corner 🔎
🇬🇧 The PRA is to increase its levy on financial firms by £24m so it can keep up with the pace of innovation and hire more staff.
🇬🇧 The FCA have successfully secured a £2m account forfeiture against QPay.
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