This Week in Fintech (7/17)

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British fintech companies raised $5.7 billion over the first half of the year.

💸 Venture Financing

  • Revolut, the global neobank, raised $800 million, valuing the company at $33 billion. (John Street Capital gives a great breakdown of the business here.)

  • Insightsoftware, a global CFO suite, raised $800 million.

  • Carta, the cap table management software, is raising $500 to $600 million at a $7.4 billion valuation.

  • Lunar, a Scandinavian neobank, raised a €210 million Series D.

  • Quantexa, a financial crime platform, raised a $153 million Series D.

  • M1 Finance, a money management platform, raised a $150 million growth round at a $1.45 billion valuation.

  • Tide, a UK business finance platform that does business in India, raised a $100 million Series C.

  • Railsbank, a German banking-as-a-service provider, raised $70 million.

  • Augmentum, a publicly-listed UK fintech investment trust, raised £55 million.

  • Oy!, an Indonesian inter-bank transfer app, raised a $45 million Series A.

  • Cardless, a platform for brands to launch co-branded credit cards, raised a $40 million Series B.

  • Jasper Card, a rewards credit card, raised a $34 million Series A.

  • Sezzle, a buy-now-pay-later platform, raised $30 million from Discover, in an agreement which will also allow the network to launch Sezzle’s services to its customers.

  • Syfe, a Southeast Asian investment app, raised a $30 million Series B.

  • Morty, an online mortgage marketplace, raised a $25 million Series B.

  • Daloopa, an Indian financial data extraction startup, raised a $20 million Series A from Credit Suisse.

  • Play2Pay, a startup that allows customers to pay off bills by playing games, raised a $13 million Series A.

  • Tinvio, a Singaporean supply chain financing startup, raised a $12 million Series A.

  • Proper, an accounting platform for the real estate industry, raised a $9 million Series A.

  • Superfluid, a real-time finance platform, raised a $9 million seed round.

  • Marco Financial, a Latin America-focused business financier, raised a $7 million seed round.

  • Weavr, a UK embedded finance platform, raised a £7 million seed funding round.

  • Nethone, a Polish anti-fraud platform, raised $6.7 million.

  • Vara, an Indonesian digital payroll platform, raised a $4.8 million seed.

  • KodyPay, a payment method API for the hospitality industry, raised $3.25 million.

  • Limina, a Swedish platform modernizing investment management workflows, raised a $3 million Series A.

  • HelloFlow, a Danish no-code KYC platform for financial institutions, raised $1.6 million in seed funding.

  • CrediLinq, a Singaporean business lender, raised S$1.35 million.

  • Dinie, a Latin American embedded finance platform, raised funding from Accion.

  • Greenphire, a financial software for clinical trials, raised strategic funding from Thoma Bravo.

  • Apex Group, a global financial services provider, received an investment from Mubadala and Carlyle.

  • N26, a neobank, is looking to raise capital at a $10 billion valuation.

  • Mercury has reportedly raised a Series B at a $1.6 billion valuation.

  • Bolt, an online payments startup, is preparing to raise $300 million at a valuation potentially over $1 billion.

💵 Debt Financing

  • Jasper Card received $100 million in receivables financing from WebBank.

  • Marco Financial raised $75 million in debt alongside its seed round.

☯️ Exits

💻 IPOs
  • Blend Labs raised $360 million at a $5 billion valuation.

  • Paycor HCM - a payroll and HR software - set terms for an IPO at a $3.6 billion valuation.

  • Paytm is seeking Indian regulatory approval for an IPO that would value the company at $2.2 billion.

  • Indian mobile wallet MobiKwik is planning to raise up to $255 million at a $1 billion valuation in its IPO.

  • Bridge Investment Group, a real estate investment firm, raised $300 million in its IPO.

  • FinWise Bancorp, a Utah digital bank, filed for a $50 million IPO.

  • Southern States Bancshares, an Alabama bank, filed for a $35 million IPO.

📈 SPACs
  • Bullish, an American crypto exchange, will go public at a $9 billion valuation through a merger with the Far Peak Acquisition Corporation SPAC.

  • Sunlight Financial completed its SPAC merger with Spartan Acquisition Corp II on the NYSE.

  • Abri SPAC I filed for a $50 million IPO to buy a fintech.

🤝 M&A - Fintech
  • ABD Insurance and Financial Services is merging with Newfront Insurance at a $1.35 billion valuation.

  • Global payments platform Nium agreed to buy Wirecard’s Indian foreign exchange business and Nomu Pay bought the disgraced payments company’s Southeast Asian assets.

  • P27 Nordic Payments received approval for its pan-Nordic fintech payments platform.

  • Swiss exchange operator SIX bought international index and ETF data specialist Ultumus.

  • US homebuying platform Better acquired UK online mortgage broker Trussle.

  • Australian neobank Volt acquired fintech lender Australian Mortgage.

  • Healthcare payments software Waystar will acquire patient payments platform Patientco.

  • UK lender Together Financial is evaluating selling itself for $1.4 billion.

  • Klarna acquiredHero, an in-store social shopping platform.

  • RVU, the owner of Uswitch, Confused.com and Money.co.uk, boughtMojo Mortgages in order to expand into UK mortgage leadgen.

🏦 M&A - Bank
  • National Australia Bank is in talks to buy Citigroup’s Australian business.

  • First United Bank acquired a minority interest in Exencial Wealth Advisors.

  • Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui will buy 5% of American investment bank Jefferies.

  • Citigroup will sell its Venezuelan operations to Banco Nacional de Crédito.

  • Vanguard, the asset manager, made its first acquisition in its 46-year history: California-based wealth management boutique Just Invest.


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