This Week in Fintech x2 (11/7)
|Nik Milanović||Nov 7|
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Skylight, a next-generation banking platform and financial hub for the real estate industry, is hiring a Growth Lead. Happy to intro candidates to the founders.
Vouch is expanding access to its proprietary insurance to New York startups. Vouch offers 10 lines of coverage engineered for fintech, including unique features like pre-revenue eligibility, intellectual property protection, instant pricing, on-call licensed insurance advisors, and next-day policies. See why companies like Pipe, Routable, and Noah trust Vouch. Apply here.
Vivid Money, a German neobank built on top of BaaS provider Solarisbank, raised a €15 million series A to build out its banking product suite.
Keyrock, a Belgian market-maker platform for regulated digital assets, raised €4.3 million in new funding.
Cooler Future, a Finnish app that allows consumers to invest based on climate impact, raised €1.4 million.
Osome, a Singapore-based business accounting and regulatory solutions provider, raised $3 million in new funding.
Arcus, a platform that facilitates billing and consumer payments, raised an undisclosed amount from Citi Ventures to expand into Latin America.
Japanese P2P payments app Money Tap raised an undisclosed amount from Ripple.
Hosted checkout solution Fast is in talks to raise between $50 and $200 million at a valuation of up to $1 billion.
UK neobank Starling is looking to raise a new £200 million round.
Exits and M&A
In a very surprising reversal, the People’s Bank of China and three other Chinese regulators forced Ant Financial to delay its Hong Kong and Shanghai joint IPO, expected to be the world’s largest, with expected proceeds of $35 billion.
The move follows comments by Ant Chairman and founder Jack Ma “that innovative companies and individuals are often shunned by China’s big financial groups.” It is seen as a largely symbolic move to disincentivize other criticism of the Chinese Communist Party and the country’s current financial ecosystem..
However, regulators are also tightening online microlending rules in advance of the (expected) new IPO date and in the wake of a shadow lending sector that saw a spectacular boom and bust in the last half decade, demonstrating that there is substance to their argument with Ant.
Waterfall, a US asset manager, acquired the UK’s Alternative Credit Investments for £639 million.
US online consumer lending fintech Upstart, part of the old guard of online lending platforms, filed to raise $100 million in IPO, reporting profitability at $147 million in revenue for the first nine months of 2020. It has raised $650 million in cumulative VC funding.
Payments service provider Shift4 acquired e-commerce storefront platform 3dcart, presumably to integrate the two services similarly to Shopify and Shop Pay.
Mode, a publicly-listed UK fintech, acquired the JGOO subsidiary from Pure NZ Gateway, giving it partnerships with Tencent and Alipay.
UK personal financial management fintech Strive acquired “digital piggy bank startup” GoSave in an all-stock deal.
Nordic Capital will acquire Dutch technology consulting firm BearingPoint’s regulatory technology business.
Moody’s acquired a minority stake in Hong Kong ESG and KYC data provider MioTech.
Canadian asset manager CI Financial Corp will acquire US registered investment advisor Doyle Wealth Management.
French bank Societe Generale is considering the sale of its €150 billion fund arm.
Brazil’s Itau Unibanco Holding is considering the divestment of its 46% stake in XP Inc, which has a market cap of $23 billion.
UK supermarket Sainsbury’s is planning a sale of its banking arm, founded in 1997, due to low net interest margins in a zero-rate environment.
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority blocked a proposed technology merger between fintech providers FNZ and GBST.
Banco Rosso, one of the oldest banks in the world, in Venice. (h/t Giorgio Giuliani)