This Week in Fintech (9/25)

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💸 Venture Financing

UK investors are doubling down on prior fintech bets rather than investing in new companies.

  • Atome, a Singaporean buy-now-pay-later lender, raised $400 million at a $2 billion valuation.

  • Airwallex, an Australian cross-border payments platform, raised a $200 million Series E at a $4 billion valuation.

  • XTransfer, a Chinese cross-border financial services provider, raised a $138 million Series D.

  • TrueLayer, a UK open banking platform, raised $130 million at a $1 billion valuation.

  • sunday, a restaurant payments solution, raised a $100 million Series A (just as competitor Toast IPOs).

  • Monese, a neo-core banking provider, raised a $90 million Series C.

  • Ocrolus, a developer of a financial document recognition tool, raised an $80 million Series C.

  • Neo Financial, a Canadian neobank and financial app, raised a $64 million Series B.

  • Bilt Rewards, a loyalty program for renters to earn points on rent, raised $60 million at a $350 million valuation (including from backers like Wells Fargo and Mastercard).

  • ZestMoney, an Indian buy-now-pay-later provider, raised a $50 million Series C (including from Australian BNPL Zip, which used the investment to enter India after recently entering South Africa, Europe, and the Middle East).

  • Cobo, a Singaporean decentralized finance-as-a-service startup, raised a $40 million Series B.

  • Spenmo, a Singaporean cloud payments software, raised a $34 million Series A.

  • Open Mineral, a digital trading platform for base metal commodities, raised a $33 million Series C.

  • FloBiz, an Indian neobank for small businesses, raised $31 million.

  • Bright Money, a $15-a-month financial credit card debt repayment service, raised a $31 million Series A and plans to IPO.

  • dopay, an Egyptian B2B2C payments platform, raised an $18 million Series A.

  • Doconomy, a Mastercard-backed carbon tracking app for spending, raised $17 million.

  • Vyne, a UK merchant-focused open banking solution, raised a $15.5 million seed round.

  • Tomorrow, a German sustainable banking app, raised €14 million and plans to raise another €5 million.

  • Tag, a Pakistani provider of employee banking services, raised $12 million at a $100 million valuation.

  • Awning, a real estate investing platform, raised $9.3 million.

  • Sprout, a Brazilian platform for investing in US stocks, raised R$30 million ($5.6 million).

  • Maroo, a buy-now-pay-later provider for weddings, raised $3.8 million.

  • Wiserfunding, a UK small business credit risk assessor, raised £3 million.

  • Triodos Bank, a UK sustainable bank, raised a £2 million crowdfunding bond.

  • Book Salon, a Finnish payments platform for hair salons, raised a €1 million seed round.

  • Kernolab, a Lithuanian banking-as-a-service provider, raised a $1 million pre-seed.

  • Jumuisha, a Kenyan church payments startup, raised a seed round.

  • Brimore, an Egyptian social commerce and payments startup, received funding from e-payments provider Fawry.

  • Ziglu, the UK crypto payments app, is crowdfunding £1 million.

💵 Debt Financing

  • UK small business lender MarketFinance raised £280 million in debt to lend.

(A breakdown of Baas provider Unit’s product offering from Not Boring)

☯️ Exits

💻 IPOs
  • China’s Dongguan Rural Commercial Bank raised over $1.2 billion in its Hong Kong IPO.

  • Restaurant payments provider Toast blew through the top of its IPO share price range of $40, raising $870 million at a $20 billion valuation.

  • Remittances provider Remitly raised $523 million in an IPO valuing it at $8 billion.

  • Allvue Systems, an investment management software developer, set terms for its $275 million IPO, which would value the firm at $1.7 billion.

  • Enfusion, an investment management software developer, filed for a $100 million IPO.

  • AvidXchange, an accounts payable software provider, filed for an IPO looking to raise the placeholder amount of $100 million.

  • Xplor Technologies, a suite of payment solutions, filed its registration for IPO.

  • Investment management software developer Clearwater Analytics priced its IPO to trade on the NYSE today.

  • Payments and customer engagement software EngageSmart (Invoicecloud)’s shares soared 40% on its IPO.

  • South Korean payments app Kakao Pay pushed back its IPO until November.

🤝 M&A - Fintech
  • German investment bank Deutsche Bank will acquire Berlin-based payment service provider Better Payment to expand its online payment acceptance offering.

  • Equipped AI, the investment analytics software of private equity and credit firm AnaCap, spun off into its own unit.

  • Nu México, the Brazilian subsidiary of Nubank acquired savings and financial society Akala.

  • Construction management firm Procore acquired construction lending and payments firm Levelset.

  • Entrust acquired French digital card provider and portfolio Antelop Solutions.

🏦 M&A - Bank
  • Japanese banking giant MUFG will exit the US by selling its retail banking operation in the country to U.S. Bancorp for $8 billion.

  • JP Morgan acquired Frank, a college financial planning fintech that had raised $20 million.

  • Greece’s Piraeus Bank is in talks with Bain Capital to sell off its lending and leasing portfolio.

  • PagoNxt, the payments fintech of Banco Santander acquired a 70% stake in its Mexican tech partner Mercadotecnia, Ideas y Tecnología in order to expand its merchant payments business globally.


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