This Week in Fintech (7/3)

Hello Fintech Friends,

Last week, we released our second installment of the Fintech Nerd Collective. For this edition, we tackled the question, “What are the most under-discussed trends in consumer fintech at the moment?” and added fellow nerds Jon Zanoff, Vaibhav Puranik, John Josi, Matthew Janiga, and Giorgio Giuliani to the conversation.

We also published our last Signals of Q1, breaking down all the fintech product launches in the first quarter of this year.

Please find another week of fintech financings and exits below.


Editor’s Note: If you’re an early-stage startup founder raising equity or debt, I may be able to help - reach out to nik@thisweekinfintech.com.


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💸 Venture Financing

  • Smart, a UK retirement savings platform, raised a £165m Series D.

  • Voyager Innovations, the developer of Filipino payment app PayMaya, raised $167 million in new funding.

  • Tomo, a mortgage app for underwriting pre-approvals and faster closing, raised a $70 million seed.

  • Orum, an interbank payment and transfer technology, raised a $56 million Series B.

  • FairMoney, a Nigerian neobank and credit provider, raised a $42 million Series B.

  • Codat, a provider of APIs to connect SMB financial data, raised $40 million.

  • Zoop, a Brazilian payments app, raised R$170 million ($34 million).

  • Kikoff, a personal finance platform for building consumer credit, raised a $30 million Series B. (And revealed its prior $12.5 million Series A.)

  • Karat, a corporate card and banking solution for the creator economy (similar to Collective), raised a $26 million Series A.

  • itsme, an identity app owned by a consortium of Belgian banks, raised €24.7 million.

  • Slice, an Indian provider of a ‘super card’ for millennials, raised $20 million.

  • Harness Wealth, a democratized wealth management app, raised a $15 million Series A.

  • Treinta, a Colombian app for the management of small business finances, raised a $14.3 million seed round.

  • Monisnap, a French cross-border remittances startup, raised €10 million.

  • Imburse, a European payments-as-a-service platform, raised €10 million.

  • Zeepay, a Ghanaian digital remittances platform, raised a $7.9 million Series A.

  • Mercuryo, a cross-border payments network provider, raised a $7.5 million Series A.

  • Aliaswire, a credit and payments solution for businesses, raised $6 million.

  • Daylight, a neobank for the LGBTQ+ community, raised a $5 million seed round.

  • Caary Capital, a Canadian SMB finance platform, raised a $4.1 million seed round.

  • Neon, a Swiss neobank, raised ₣5 million in crowdfunding.

  • Infina, a Vietnamese investing platform, raised a $2 million seed round.

  • Payhippo, an African small business lender, raised $1 million in pre-seed funding.

  • Instamojo, an Indian micro-business e-commerce platform, raised an undisclosed amount from Mastercard.

  • American Express joined the round for purchase warranty startup Extend.

  • Semafone, a financial services call center security solution, received a majority investment.

  • Exeter Finance, an auto-lending company, raised an undisclosed amount from an investment group led by Warburg Pincus.

  • Endowus, a Singaporean wealth tech provider, raised from strategic partners including UBS bank.

☯️ Exits

💻 IPOs
📈 SPACs
  • Corsair Partnering Corp, a SPAC focused on the financial services sector, filed for a $350 million IPO.

🤝 M&A - Fintech
  • JP Morgan will acquire OpenInvest, a personalized consumer ESG investing platform. This marks the bank’s third fintech acquisition in six months (55ip and Nutmeg being the other two). Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the bank approached OpenInvest as they were raising their Series B.

  • JP Morgan will also take a 40% stake in Brazilian neobank C6 Bank, a challenger to Nubank in one of the fastest-growing fintech markets.

  • UK white-label payments provider Rapyd will acquire Valitor, an Icelandic payment solutions company, for $100 million.

  • Global payments provider Wordline will buy an 80% of Axepta Italy, an Italian merchant acquiring arm for banks, for €180 million.

  • Ecuadoran tax service provider Sovos will acquire digital invoice processing solution Stupendo.

  • German exchange Deutsche Börse will acquire a majority stake in crypto financial group Crypto Finance AG.

  • Wells Fargo acquired a stake in chat compliance and security provider Theta Lake.

  • German banking-as-a-service providers Raisin and Deposit Solutions will merge into a new combined entity.

  • Scandinavian mobile wallets Vipps, MobilePay and Pivo will merge into a combined mobile wallet provider with 11 million users in Finland, Denmark, and Norway .

🏦 M&A - Bank
  • Swiss banking group Union Bancaire Privée will buy out Banco Comercial Português’ Swiss private bank.

💲 M&A - Investment Management
  • Investment manager BlockTower Capital acquired Gamma Point Capital, an investment manager focused on market-neutral strategies.

  • TELEO Capital, an investment manager, made an investment in wealth management software Univeris.


🌎 Fintech Around the World

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A Covid-19 Silver Lining in Latin America: Millions of New Bank Accounts

Egypt eyes surge in fintech investment after new laws

The 'Exits' are Coming: Africa's Opening Act

Malaysia digital banking lures dozens of firms as fintechs expand in Asia

How Indian fintech startup Recko uses tech to simplify reconciliation

SME lenders Validus, Funding Societies shed P2P tag to grow in SE Asia

Europe’s biggest neobank wants to take over the world

📚 Deeper Reads

Who Will Build Consumers a Debt Dashboard?

Public and Private Money Can Coexist in the Digital Age

When To Get Your Child A Bank Account And Debit Card

How WesternUnion is fighting back against fintech startups

The New Math of Socially Responsible Investing

Fintech: Great Enabler or Great Divider?

How Robinhood harmed millions of its customers

Community Banks and Digital Innovation

10 Best Fintech Startups Investors are Flocking To

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