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UK FinTech to feel Brexit pinch just as competition steps up
March 19, 2019. The National
Leaving the European Union is making it harder for financial technology companies in Britain to recruit top talent, a report said on Tuesday, threatening to slam the brakes on a £7 billion (Dh34.11bn) growth sector just as EU states step up competition.

FIS forms global FinTech powerhouse for US$35b
March 19, 2019. Shine
US fintech Fidelity National Information Services Inc has agreed to buy payment processor Worldpay for about US$35 billion, the biggest deal to date in the fast-growing electronic payments industry.

Korea and Australia share insights on regulating FinTech
March 12, 2019. Newsroom
Fostering innovation in financial technology requires a delicate balancing act between enough regulation to prevent scams and protect consumers but not so much that growth and progress are stifled.

Biggest Threat To Banks May Come From Large Tech Firms — Not FinTech
March 10, 2019. Market Screener
If Google offered a banking product, would you sign up? The biggest threat of disruption in the banking industry may not come from fintech firms, but large technology companies. Companies like Facebook, Inc., Amazon.com, Inc. or Alphabet Inc. may eventually make a transition into banking, said Henri Arslanian, PwC’s fintech and crypto leader for Asia.

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How FinTech Advances are Shaping Inventory Management Workflows
March 10, 2019. FinTech Times
International commerce moves today at a rate that’s faster than any other point in human history. As a result, a new type of service provider is emerging in the world of financial technologies.

Global FinTech investment surges
March 10, 2019. Banking Tech
Global investment in FinTech including in Australia more than doubled in 2018 with the vast majority of funds in Australia being invested into lending start-ups.

Europe’s dance of FinTech hubs
March 08, 2019. Banking Tech
In 2018, the European FinTech landscape took big steps forward and even though fewer deals were made, they substantially increased in value, according to KPMG’s “Pulse of Fintech” report.

UK FinTech regulator puts bigger fines on the menu
March 08, 2019. Banking Tech
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed that the Financial Ombudsman Service will soon be able to require financial services firms to pay significantly more compensation to consumers and businesses.

German FinTech Raisin buys bank
March 07, 2019. Finextra
In a reversal of the trend for banks to buy FinTech startups, European saving platform Raisin is proposing a takeover of its long-time service bank, MHB Bank of Frankfurt.

Four FinTech trends retailers need to embrace in 2019
March 04, 2019. South China Morning Post
In 2018, the UK’s retail and hospitality sectors suffered a difficult year. This year, they will fight back. FinTech, and payments technology will improve customer experiences forming the cornerstone of retail’s renaissance.

Learning to trust FinTech
March 03, 2019. South China Morning Post
Here’s your credit card, Ma’am, no need to sign the charge slip for payments below P2,000,” the waiter at her favorite Italian restaurant says to the lady-lawyer, a regular diner.

FinTech: Building a digital nation
February 28, 2019. Funds Europe
The private sector is proving an enthusiastic partner in a government-launched foundation aimed at promoting luxembourg’s FinTech industry and extending its international reach. Bob Currie reports.

Women In FinTech: Reshaping The Industry For The Underrepresented
February 28, 2019. Forbes
While there has been a marked change in the number of women working in the FinTech industry over the past decade, more needs
to be done to ensure they are given the opportunity to rise through the ranks, lead teams, develop company and industry policy as well as invest in the companies and the people that they believe in.

China drove FinTech funding globally in 2018 despite rising tensions with US, report says
February 26, 2019. South China Morning Post
Despite escalating tensions between the US and China over trade and technology, Chinese companies accounted for nearly half of all FinTech investments globally last year, according to a new report by the consulting firm Accenture.

FinTech Deals Got Bigger And Better In 2018
February 24, 2019.Bloomberg Quint
Investment in the global financial technology space more than doubled in 2018 due to a few mega deals and startup acquisitions by bigger players, spurring consolidation in the sector. Fintech deal value rose to $111.8 billion in 2018 from $50.8 billion in 2017 despite only a modest increase in the number of deals, according to KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech report.

Money-Minds: 6 FinTech Startups To Watch In 2019
February 24, 2019. Youngupstarts
FinTech (financial technology) ruled the roost when it came to industries on the up-swing up until a few years back, when blockchain technology and all the possibilities it offered stormed the scene.

The FinTech Revolution Is Here. Can It Help Build A Better Economy?
February 22, 2019. Forbes
At the FinTech for Inclusion Global Summit hosted by Accion, Quona Capital and FMO, in the Hague last week, Peter van Mierlo, the CEO of the Dutch development bank FMO didn’t mince words: “The financial sector needs to be reinvented.”

FSB: ‘BigTech poses bigger risk than FinTech’
February 15, 2019. FSTech
Banks should fear competition from BigTech firms branching out into financial services more than the threat of FinTech challengers, according to the Financial Stability Board (FSB).

Small banks you’ve never heard of are quietly enabling the tech takeover of the financial industry
February 15, 2019. CNBC
Instead of trying to beat a wave of high-growth financial technology start-ups at their own game, a group of small banks is opting to join them.These low-profile community banks quietly run the plumbing underneath billion-dollar FinTech firms such as Square, Stripe and Robinhood.

Global FinTech investment rockets to a record $111.8B in 2018, driven by mega deals
February 14, 2019. Finextra
Global fintech funding rose to $111.8B in 2018, up 120 percent from $50.8B in 2017, fueled by mega M&A and buyout deals, according to the KPMG Pulse of Fintech report.

UK and Canada forge closer FinTech ties
February 14, 2019. Finextra
TheCityUK and Toronto Finance International, two of the world’s leading advocates for financial and related professional services, today renewed their landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), facilitating increased access and co-operation between the UK and Canada.

UK retains top three spot for FinTech investment
February 12, 2019. Finextra
UK FinTech investment increased by 18% to $3.3 billion in 2018, retaining the country’s top three profile for deal-making behind the US and China.The figures from Innovate Finance reveal that growth private equity investment increased 57% to $1.6 billion, while venture capital dipped slightly to $1.7 billion, reflecting Brexit uncertainty and a maturing market.

FinTech Regulatory Sandboxes: Update on Arizona’s Sandbox and Other Developments
February 11, 2019. JDSUPRA
Arizona’s financial technology (“FinTech”) sandbox (“Sandbox”), the first of its kind in the United States, has been open for several months and has accepted three participants.

FinTech M&A Transactions Hit $63bn As Market Matures
February 10, 2019. Leadership
Mergers and acquisitions in the financial technology (FinTech) space reached $63 billion in the year 2018, reaching 349 transactions within the period according to the latest FinTech M&A Market Report from Hampleton Partners.

FinTech start-up wants to let you own shares of sports cars like Ferraris and Porsches—but there’s a catch
February 10, 2019. CNBC
For car aficionados that have always wanted to own a fancy trophy car without having to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars for the privilege, a financial technology upstart has come up with the perfect solution.

Forbes Releases Fourth Annual Fintech 50 List: The Future of Your Money
February 04, 2019. Forbes
While crypto prices and ICOs collapsed, overall investment in fintech surged in 2018, hitting $55 billion worldwide, double the year before, Accenture reports. Big fintechs are getting bigger—19 of the 2019 Fintech 50 are valued at $1 billion or more.

Forbes Releases Fourth Annual Fintech 50 List: The Future of Your Money
February 04, 2019. Forbes
While crypto prices and ICOs collapsed, overall investment in fintech surged in 2018, hitting $55 billion worldwide, double the year before, Accenture reports. Big fintechs are getting bigger—19 of the 2019 Fintech 50 are valued at $1 billion or more.

How FinTech Companies Are Failing To Help Millennials With Financial Security
February 04, 2019. Forbes
Low incomes, high urban rents, hefty student debt and spending habits are just a few reasons millennials struggle with their finances. That’s why this generation is an easy target for fintech companies, which often claim to help people save money and manage their spending.

3 Ways a No-Deal Brexit Could Affect the FinTech Industry
February 03, 2019. FinTech Times
With a no-deal Brexit becoming a real possibility, the fintech sector is trying to gauge how it will impact business. Here, Richard Litchfield, Head of Operations at P2P lending platform Lending Works, takes a look at some of the possibilities that may lie ahead in the event of the UK walking away without a deal.

FinTech and Sustainable Finance: Key Drivers of Europe’s Financial Future
January 29, 2019. BNY Mellon
Will the nexus of financial technology and sustainable investment form the most important development for financial markets over the next decade?

MENA: FinTech Makes Its Mark
February 01, 2019. GF Magezine
Startup fever has gripped the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Last year was once again a record year, with 366 deals, attracting $893 million in investment, according to the latest report from Magnitt, a Dubai-based entrepreneurs’ network. That was modest compared to other parts of the world, but momentum is building fast.

Who will win the FinTech vs bank-pay battle?
January 28, 2019. English Vietnam
However, many e-wallets and bank apps can be used to buy phone cards and cinema tickets, or pay electricity/water bills. Commercial banks, which have mobile bank apps of their own, have launched apps specifically designed for certain customers.

Working with RIAs can be tricky. FinTech can help
January 25, 2019. Financial Planning
Independent advisors are overwhelmed with tech options. One of the most significant challenges for RIAs is the combination of solutions provided by multiple vendors on their platforms, according to a Cerulli study.

International Financial Firms Form FinTech Cooperation Committee In Asia
January 25, 2019. PYMNTS
To help FinTech startups, banks, and institutions exchange expertise, financial firms formed the Fintech Cooperation Committee in Singapore. Approximately 60 financial institutions became a part of the committee, including insurance companies, banks and asset management firms.

Pan-Asian FinTech network approves mobile payments specifications
January 25, 2019. Finextra
More than 60 companies from 12 countries have joined a new Pan-Asian committee to spur the adoption of FinTech in the region. Established by Chinese non-profit, the Asian Financial Cooperation Association (AFCA), the newly-estabished FinTech Cooperation Committee held its first meeting at the Mandarin Orient Hotel in Singapore.

View From the UK: FinTech Startups Are Eating Banks’ Lunch
January 23, 2019. Banking Exchange
It’s by now well documented that fintechs pose an enormous threat to banks globally—between Brexit, the advent of Open Banking, cryptocurrencies, the regulatory confusion inherent in data control and many other new questions, the fortress of traditional financial services has been breached.

Have we understimated the potential of FinTech?
January 18, 2019. Telegraph
Financial technology, while a national strength, must be pushed higher up the UK business agenda with an expansionist mindset if we are to produce more truly global players.

FinTech’s hot new job: dealing with regulators
January 18, 2019. Economic Times
US regulators have taken a greater interest over the past year in technology startups promising to reinvent finance. This newfound attention is compelling the biggest names in fintech to prioritise a part of their business that’s often ignored.

Belarus continues FinTech push with world’s first tokenised securities exchange
January 18, 2019. Emerging Europe
Belarus has launched a platform which allows traders to buy shares, gold, foreign exchange and other traditional assets with cryptocurrencies. The platform’s founders claim that it is the world’s first regulated tokenised securities exchange.

FinTech activity in Latin America spreads to 18 countries
January 17, 2019. Inter-American Development Bank
The report Fintech en América Latina 2018: crecimiento y consolidación (FinTech in Latin America 2018: Growth and Consolidation), published today by the Inter-American Development Bank and Finnovista, identified 1,166 financial technology startups (FinTech), a rise of 66% since the first study published by the two organizations in 2017.

Open Banking dominates London FinTech Lab
January 17, 2019. FSTech
One year after the second payment services directive (PSD2) took effect, startups offering Open Banking solutions dominate the 20 innovative technology companies joining the FinTech Innovation Lab London.

Big FinTech Deal Creates A Long-Term Opportunity For Investors
January 16, 2019. Nasdaq
The financial news this morning is understandable being dominated by earnings. Beats from Bank of America (BAC), Goldman (GS), Delta Airlines (DAL) and United Continental (UAL) are good news, not just for the companies concerned but also for the market as a whole.

Scottish FinTech numbers triple in 2018
January 11, 2019. FSTech
The number of FinTech startups in Scotland has tripled to over eighty in the last 12 months, according to FinTech Scotland. The announcement comes on the first anniversary since the formation of the body – a joint initiative by financial services firms, the University of Edinburgh and Scottish Government.

US shutdown impacts FinTech market
January 11, 2019. Finextra
The ongoing shutdown of the US government, sparked by a disagreement over funding for border security, is starting to impinge on the US FinTech industry, according to reports.

FinTech revolution’s still not here a year into ‘open banking’ in Europe 
January 11, 2019. Economic Times
When European lawmakers ushered in the era of “open banking” for consumers one year ago, both lenders and financial technology startups expected a sea change. For the first time, banks would be required to share account data with competitors as long as customers gave their permission.

Financial system companies can invest in FinTech companies
January 10, 2019. JDSupra
On December 27, 2018 the Colombian Government enacted Decree 2443 allowing banks, financial services companies and equity companies to invest in companies dedicated to innovation and technology related to their corporate purpose (FinTech companies).

Are securities rules limiting the evolution of FinTech?
January 10, 2019. Investment News
As financial technology companies grow beyond the startup phase, they are pressing up against the rules and regulations governing traditional financial institutions.

This year’s FinTech predictions, from the company powering most of the industry
January 05, 2019. CNBC
Zach Perret runs Plaid, which links more than 20 million customer bank accounts to financial technology apps like Robinhood, Venmo and Coinbase. The start-up recently raised $250 million at a $2.7 billion valuation and added Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker to its board.

FinTech lenders and banks call for clarification on alternative data usage in loan origination
January 04, 2019. Finextra
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called for financial regulators to pay more attention to the role played by nonbank technology companies in the consumer and small business lending market.

Brexit Uncertainty Threatens the U.K.’s FinTech Prominence
January 03, 2019. JDSUPRA
London is considered the European capital for FinTech, and the third global tech start-up ecosystem, behind only Silicon Valley and New York. In the past two and a half years, FinTech companies have brought more than $5 billion of investment to the city.

$295 Billion Reasons Why Investors Like Nigerian FinTech Startups
January 02, 2018. Tekedia
Fintech will contribute $150 billion to sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP by 2022, according to Financial Sector Deepening Africa, a development-finance organization. According to IMF, sub-Saharan Africa has a total GDP of $1.6 trillion with Nigeria contributing nearly 30% of that number.

How FinTech will change the region
December 25, 2018. Zawya
If 2018 has anything to show, it’s that FinTech is no longer just a buzzword that established banks can mock startups for using. Estimates show that – on a global scale – investments in fintech startups since 2010 have almost reached $100 billion.

All FinTech Acquisitions in 2018 Were Led by American & EU Banks
December 24, 2018. Gomedici
FinTech has shown strong growth in the last five years, but there were some questions as to why there is so little M&A in the industry. There was always an implicit assumption that the larger players like banks/financial institutions would be interested in acquiring some of the upcoming lending platforms, blockchain plays or even the payment apps.

UK FinTechs claim Brexit could lead to a “lost generation” of London businesses
December 23, 2018. Business Insider 
One of the UK’s fasting growing and most exciting industries, FinTech, is thriving despite Brexit fears weighing heavily on the dynamic sector. Business Insider spoke to 10 UK FinTech leaders to get a better perspective on the impact Brexit is having on the industry.

The biggest FinTech stories of 2018
December 21, 2018. FSTech 
The most clicked story of 2018 was on the news in June that a collection of 39 banks, institutions and financial firms completed a trial of more than 300 transactions on a Know Your Customer (KYC) application built on R3’s Corda blockchain platform.

How FinTech Companies Tackle Forex Identity Verification Challenges
December 19, 2018. PYMNTS
Regulatory changes, particularly those in Europe, are making it an interesting time for companies to be in the forex and money exchange businesses.

What FinTech can learn from Robinhood’s ‘epic fail’ of launching checking accounts
December 18, 2018. CNBC
Robinhood’s attempt to launch a disruptive, first-of-its-kind product offers some lessons for fintech companies trying to break the mold in a highly regulated industry.

Christmas All Wrapped Up? Here Are Some FinTech Tools That Can Help Small Businesses In 2019
December 17, 2018. Forbes
Chances are that if you own a small business then time off over the holidays isn’t always possible, and while you’re busy cooking the turkey those thoughts of ‘Should I? Could I?’ always seem to interrupt.

As Blockchain Banking Goes Mainstream – A FinTech Bank Claims It Can Be A Holistic Force For Good
December 15, 2018. Forbes
For people in their early and mid-twenties, when reflecting on their parent’s life, though full of admiration for putting up what they had to in order to get where they wanted to go, feel that since tomorrow is never guaranteed, there is a little more emphasis on living in the moment whilst still planning and saving for the future.

How Will 5G Shake Up Banking And FinTech?
December 12, 2018. Payments
Financial institutions are in the midst of becoming more mobile, with many of those legacy operations opting to work more closely with FinTech providers to upgrade services, retain customers and acquire new ones.

FinTech Guide for Global Citizens
December 12, 2018. Finextra
With traditional providers slow to cater to global citizens, FinTechs have been quick to fill the space, launching innovative solutions to meet global citizens’ banking, remittance and payments needs. While these are undoubtedly amongst the areas most penetrated by FinTech innovation, global citizens’ wider financial needs are now also being addressed.

FinTech’s potential for financial inclusion in emerging markets
December 10, 2018. Holland FinTech
Fintech can have a big impact on increasing financial inclusion. To find out more about how, we spoke with Diana Cazacu, founder of Amsterdam-based financial inclusion consulting firm AdVision Finance, about fintech’s impact on financial inclusion in emerging markets.

Why adopting FinTech is crucial in the GCC
December 09, 2018. Gulf Business News
The adoption of FinTech solutions in the GCC region has soared in recent years, with financial services firms and banks seeking the latest technologies in the field. A recent report by MENA Research Partners found that FinTech start-ups in the Gulf region are set to attract more than 10 times the funding achieved over the last 10 years in the next decade.

DIFC eyes global FinTech hub status
December 09, 2018. Trade Arabia
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has made great strides in the FinTech space, cementing the emirate’s position as one of the world’s top 10 FinTech hubs and a preferred growth platform for startups and SMEs, said a senior official.

3 Reasons Millennials Should Enter Into Digital Finance and FinTech
December 08, 2018. Forbes
Whether it’s the fear of missing out (FOMO) or just simply not wanting to be left behind, young investors and businesses do not want to be left behind as we begin to see our traditional world of finance evolve and download itself into the 21st century.

4 FinTech Predictions For The New Year
December 07, 2018. Forbes
The financial technology market is booming as startups try to disrupt every area of finance. The growth the sector has enjoyed this year is expected to continue unabated in 2019, with one forecast pegging the compound annual growth rate at 74.16% from 2019 through 2025.

How FinTech is Transforming the MEASA Region
December 04, 2018. Digital HBS
Financial Technology, or FinTech, has gained significant traction in recent years, especially as digital transformation becomes a core priority for effective business development within financial institutions.

These Are The 13 FinTech Companies to Watch in Singapore in 2019
December 03, 2018. FinTech News
2019 is right around the corner, which means we are near the end of an eventful year of FinTech in Singapore. The Singapore FinTech Festival was probably the biggest one here yet, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has made some definitive pushes into big data, artificial intelligence, and the launch of an ASEAN-wide API to answer the global demand for open banking principles.

FinTech solutions in Green Finance
December 03, 2018. Whitecase
In order to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, it is estimated that around USD 5-7 trillion of sustainable investment is required on an annual basis.

Reshaping the Future of FinTech
December 02, 2018. Albawaba
An entrepreneur walks into his bank to apply for a loan. The machine learning capabilities within the system would have already predicted that he might be needing additional cash.

Company news

US FinTech titan FIS buys payments firm Worldpay for US$35 bln
March 19, 2019. EJ Insights
US-based Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) has agreed to buy Worldpay for about US$35 billion, in the biggest deal to date in the fast-growing electronic payments industry, Reuters reports.

‘A Fintech Bank’: Deltec International Looks To Make The Bahamas A New Tech Hub
March 19, 2019. Benzinga
Deltec International Group held its annual conference in Nassau, Bahamas last week, bringing fintech, regtech, and blockchain companies from all over the world to the island nation.

Visa Stakes $100,000 FinTech Tourney For Women Entrepreneurs
March 10, 2019. Leadership
Visa has staked $100,000 for women entrepreneurs from around the world to tackle FinTech and Social Impact in each of the two challenges in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Back Of The Net: eToro Leads Football’s FinTech Revolution
March 03, 2019. Forbes
Blockchain fundamentally allows you to trust a transaction through its transparency and also make that transaction automated,” says Iqbal Gandham, the Managing Director of global investment platform eToro,“the scale it can be used to improve football is second to none.”

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Swedish FinTech partners with local payments provider
March 02, 2019. The Star
Swedish FinTech company with services in Kenya Okapi East Africa has announced a partnership with tech company Eclectics International, in a move they say will enable them reach customers at the bottom of the pyramid.

Plutus – London FinTech Company Gives Customers a Financial Kick Back in Crypto
February 21, 2019. Newswire
Germany’s financial regulator has taken the unprecedented step of temporarily banning short sales of Wirecard shares following reports of suspicious accounting practices, while prosecutors in Munich expanded their investigation to include a ‘Financial Times’ journalist.

Revolut calls for special tech visas to preserve London’s FinTech credentials
February 20, 2019. Independent
Revolut is lobbying the Government to create fast-track visas for EU technology professionals in a bid to preserve London’s status as the global centre of FinTech after Brexit.

Germany bans investors’ ‘short’ bets that FinTech Wirecard stock will fall
February 19, 2019. Independent
Germany’s financial regulator has taken the unprecedented step of temporarily banning short sales of Wirecard shares following reports of suspicious accounting practices, while prosecutors in Munich expanded their investigation to include a ‘Financial Times’ journalist.

UK FinTech SumUp acquires ecommerce platform Shoplo
February 14, 2019. E-Commerce News
UK FinTech company SumUp, which enables small business to accept card payments via the SumUp device and online, has acquired Shoplo. This is a multi-channel ecommerce platform from Poland.

Goldman Sachs invests in HSBC-backed FinTech app Bud
February 04, 2019. IBTimes
Goldman Sachs (GS.N) is among the investors in a $20 million fundraising for financial technology firm Bud, the two companies said on Monday, the latest in a series of investments by big global banks seeking to partner with fintechs.

FinTech for the people
January 31, 2019. ECB Europe
Keynote speech by Benoît Cœuré, Chair of the CPMI and Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, at the 14th BCBS-FSI high-level meeting for Africa on strengthening financial sector supervision and current regulatory priorities, Cape Town, 31 January 2019.

Fiserv to buy First Data – the biggest FinTech deal of 2019
January 26, 2019. Gonzo Banker
Fiserv acquiring First Data Corporation is a huge deal in the fintech world. This deal impacts not just the payments space but the whole financial services ecosystem, and the implications will take a while to unpack.

US FinTech giants Mastercard and Visa are slugging out over UK minnow Earthport, here’s why
January 25, 2019. Shares Magezine
Most investors will likely draw a blank when asked about Earthport. Yet this cross-border payments relative tiddler is now front and centre in an almighty tussle between US credit card giants Mastercard and Visa, the former today trumping the latter’s takeover offer with its own higher bid.

VCs Looking For FinTech Firms To Solve The Pain Of Unpaid Invoices
January 25, 2019. PYMNTS
This week, Barclays and Santander InnoVentures demonstrated traditional banks’ interest in alternative finance when they led a nearly $34 million equity fundraise for invoice financing platform MarketInvoice.

Lloyds Bank to migrate hundreds of thousands of customers to Google-inspired FinTech
January 24, 2019. Computer Weekly
Lloyds Banking Group is planning to move 500,000 customer accounts from its legacy IT onto a cloud-based core banking platform from fintech Thought Machine.

Aussie FinTech brings leading Chinese mobile payment platform to local shores
January 22, 2019. Business News Australia
AirPay Financial Technologies has teamed up with major Chinese company SwiftPass to give Australian retailers, e-commerce sites and mobile apps better access to a booming consumer market through mobile payments.

Fiserv’s $22 billion deal for First Data is one of the biggest deals in FinTech history
January 19, 2019. Business Insider
The financial-technology company Fiserv on Wednesday said it was acquiring First Data for $22 billion. The companies said they expected at least $500 million in revenue and $900 million in cost savings from synergies — the benefits created when two companies merge.

Rapper Snoop Dogg is partnering with Swedish FinTech unicorn Klarna, and has become a major shareholder
January 19, 2019. Business Insider
Snoop Dogg has teamed up with $2.5 billion Swedish start up bank Klarna by becoming a shareholder. The global payment provider is seeking to elevate its concept of “Smoooth” and has joined forces with the rapper who is transformed to “Smoooth Dogg” for the campaign.

This Small-Cap Company Joins Top FinTech Stocks Mastercard, Visa, PayPal
January 11, 2019. Investor
There’s a newcomer to Investor’s Business Daily’s top fintech stocks, which include well-known names Mastercard (MA), Visa (V), PayPal Holdings (PYPL) and Square (SQ). Green Dot stock, called “an evolving fintech story” by one analyst’s account, is now in good company.

Checkout.com, the UK’s Fastest Growing FinTech, Triples Processing Volume Year-over-year in 2018
January 11, 2019. PR Newswire
Checkout.com, the global payment solution provider, tripled its processing volume in 2018 over the previous year. The impressive growth was fuelled by new partnerships with leading companies including Deliveroo, Getty Images, Gotogate, Nespresso, TransferWise and Udacity.

N26 Europe’s most valuable FinTech at $2.7bn
January 10, 2019. FSTech
German challenger bank N26 has surged into the lead of Europe’s FinTech startup league after it closed a $300 million funding round that valued the company at $2.7 billion.

What is the Loot app? The FinTech start-up for millennials backed by RBS
January 10, 2019. Compio
Royal Bank of Scotland has invested £2m in the Loot app as the London FinTech aims to take on other challenger banks such as N26, Monzo and Revolut.

Swiss company buys Australian-founded FinTech vendor with KWM’s help
January 05, 2019. Australiasian
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has continued its work in Australia for a Swiss client with a US$245m deal. The global giant advised listed banking software company Temenos AG on its acquisition of Australian-founded Avoka.

PayThink FinTech is pushing B2B payments to get ‘personal’
January 04, 2019. Payments Source
Maturing technology, rising economic pressures and changing expectations for the customer experience across B2B organizations have driven businesses to transact in more personalized and efficient ways.

Protean Risk Launches Insurance Coverage for FinTech Sector
January 04, 2019. Insurance Journal
Specialist FinTech insurance broker Protean Risk, a, has launched a new insurance product designed to target key operational risks impacting the financial technology sector – broadly categorized as theft, fraud, negligence, data compromise, and cyber-attacks.

CAPIS Acquires FinTech Securities
January 03, 2019. Business Wire
Capital Institutional Services, Inc. (“CAPIS”), an institutional securities broker/dealer, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Financial Technology Securities, LLC (“FinTech Securities”) from Innovest Systems, LLC (“Innovest”). Effective January 2, 2019, FinTech Securities, an Atlanta, Georgia-based broker/dealer that provides trading solutions to institutional money managers, was acquired by CAPIS.

FinTech Nexves prepares for app launch
January 02, 2019. Scotsman
An Aberdeen-based FinTech is gearing up for the launch of its app after securing funding from Scottish Edge. Nexves has unveiled plans to release its app, which is described by founder Chris Herd as the “Netflix of financial services”, at the end of the first quarter, after being awarded a £10,000 cash injection from Scottish Edge.

Fountain City FinTech grads win investment from nbkc
January 02, 2019. Finextra
Kansas City-based nbkc bank has invested in two Bay Area graduates of its Fountain City FinTech programme, a 75-day accelerator for scaling promising startups.

China’s Ant Financial in ‘advanced talks’ to buy UK FinTech firm World First
December 24, 2018. Telegraph UK
China’s Ant Financial is in ‘advanced talks’ to buy London-based currency exchange World First for $700m (£550m). The takeover could be completed in a matter of weeks, making it the most significant acquisition of a UK-based fintech firm by a Chinese financial services company.

Citigroup has inked a deal with an AI-powered FinTech to help flag suspicious payments and safeguard a $4 trillion daily operation
December 19, 2018. Business Insider
Citigroup is partnering with artificial-intelligence-powered fraud-detection startup Feedzai to bolster the bank’s $8.5 billion Treasury and Trade Solutions business.

FINO Paytech backs FinTech startup CityCash to set up payments solution
December 17, 2018. VCCircle
Financial services company FINO PayTech Ltd has invested an undisclosed amount in Mumbai-based FinTech startup CityCash. As part of the deal, the two firms have decided to co-create a payment solution, wherein CityCash will offer its NFC-based (near field communication) cashless payments technology and micro-payment merchant acquisition tool while FINO will act as the issuance and settlement institution of the prepaid payment instrument, FINO Paytech said in a statement.

Robeco Global FinTech Equities gains success in first year
December 17, 2018. Holland FinTech
The Dutch asset management outfit’s fintech vehicle saw a 14.76% gross-of-fees return on investment since its inception in November 2019. This was 10.49% above the return on the MSCI Country World Index, a commonly-used index benchmarking global stock funds.

LCS Group marks FinTech foray with cryptocurrency
December 17, 2018. Business Worldonline
A CRYPTOCURRENCY owned by Luis “Chavit” Singson’s LCS Group of Companies is set to be launched early next year as part of efforts to push more Filipinos to transact and pay through digital means. Dubbed as Gold Chavit Coin (GCC), the virtual currency set to be launched next year marks the company’s foray into the financial technology industry.

FinTech Company MyBucks Launches Proprietary Chatbot, TESS
December 13, 2018. The Asian Banker
MyBucks, a leading African FinTech company that focuses on banking the unbanked across emerging economies, recently launched an engaging, interactive and all-new Artificial Intelligence (‘A.I.’) guide called ‘TESS’ – a proprietary Chatbot geared to revolutionize how visitors navigate, engage and interact with its corporate website.

Visa announces FinTech partnership to help companies eliminate $33 trillion in paper checks
December 13, 2018. CNBC
Visa is partnering with Ingo Money to launch a product for merchants and banks to quickly get onto the payment network’s systems allowing fast digital payments to customers.

Riskalyze FinTech Report Card: November 2018
December 07, 2018. Wealth Management
Riskalyze CEO Aaron Klein gives the thumbs up or thumbs down on the biggest news to hit advisor technology in the previous month

New York FinTech plans to open second office, add 50 jobs in Baltimore
December 07, 2018. BizJournal
A financial technology startup from New York is looking to Baltimore to set up its second headquarters. Paygevity Inc., a company led by a team of Wall Street veterans and tech commercialization specialists, is searching for a city office to call its second home.

UK FinTech to launch in region with S’pore as likely base
December 01, 2018. SGSME
British FinTech Revolut will start operating in the Asia-Pacific early next year with Singapore as its likely base, it said yesterday.

Events

Paris FinTech Forum 2019
January 29-30, 2019 – Conference/Showcase. Future Digital Finance
Following the huge success of 2017 edition, Paris Fintech Forum 2018 had overcome all our expectations: organized by Altéir with the support of 60+ international partners last January 30th & 31st, we gathered 2,600+ attendees from 72 countries over 2 days in the heart of Paris, to listen to 240+ CEO’s from banks, insurance, telco, regulators and of course Fintechs from all continents.

FinTECH4Life
March 26-27, 2019 – Conference/Showcase.
Following the huge success of 2017 edition, Paris Fintech Forum 2018 had overcome all our expectations: organized by Altéir with the support of 60+ international partners last January 30th & 31st, we gathered 2,600+ attendees from 72 countries over 2 days in the heart of Paris, to listen to 240+ CEO’s from banks, insurance, telco, regulators and of course Fintechs from all continents.

IFintech Finance Technologies Conference & Exhibition
April 09-10, 2019 – Conference/Showcase.
IFINTEC Finance Technologies Conference and Exhibition will be held on 09 – 10 April 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. IFINTEC is a global conference which is one of the biggest and most important conferences in EMEA region with its focus on Retail Banking, Digital Banking, Core Banking, Payment Systems, Banking Technologies, Banking IT Solutions, Digital Transformation and Finance Technologies.

Previous events

Europe

Atos Finovate Webinar – What’s next for top-tier banks and financial messaging
October 08, 2018

SWIFT remains a mission critical channel for all financial institutions. But the cost and complexity of operating SWIFT for top-tier banks has increased substantially since the introduction of SWIFT’s CSP programme. As payments and connectivity become increasingly commoditised for all financial institutions, banks are re-thinking how best to maintain secure, reliable and compliant SWIFT operations and back-office applications at the lowest cost.

Worldline E-Payments Challenge Hackathon
September 26-28, 2018 – Conference/Showcase. Worldline Event

How will we pay in 5 years? – Co-innovate and expand your business with Worldline and its customers by joining the Worldline e-Payments Challenge Hackathon from September 26th to the 28th in Paris.

FinovateEurope 2018
March 06-09, 2018 – Conference/Showcase. FinovateEurope

FinovateEurope 2018, will be at the ExCeL in London on March 6–9 with a new, expanded conference. The first two days follow the traditional Finovate format where 70+ innovative FinTech companies will have 7 minutes to demo their latest solutions. This year, for the first time in Europe, we’re offering new, expanded content sessions. Expert speakers will give you advice and insights on the trends driving FinTech. Turn light-bulb moments into real-world action and leave with new ideas for your future product roadmap and strategic planning.

Future Digital Finance 2018
March 26-27, 2018 – Conference/Showcase. Future Digital Finance

The summit for 21st century digital finance leaders. Future Digital Finance is the conference for digital finance innovators who are paving the way forward at America’s largest financial institutions.

Gibraltar International FinTech Forum

February 28-March 1, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
Featuring some of the leading names in FinTech.
Gibfin

IFZ FinTech Conference 

February 28, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
FinTech is considered an innovative solution for the challenges in the financial industry and shows a high growth rate. In addition to the presentation of the results of the IFZ FinTech study, we will be hearing about recent developments in the field of FinTech from our excellent speakers.
IFZ

Crypto Investor Show

March 10, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
The UK’s biggest crypto and blcokchain event for investors. The Crypto Investor Show brings together the crypto community with private investors and traders in the UK for the first time. Gain insight into the array of investment opportunities provided by Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology
Crypto Investor Show

TechNOVA Blockchain Summit 2018

March 22, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
TechNOVA: Blockchain Summit 2018 will look across sectors at the latest innovations in distributed ledger technology. This Blockchain conference will bring in case studies from banking, insurance, energy, music, healthcare, trade finance and more. The content will cover a number of the key challenges and use cases including how to develop strategy, verifying provenance, disintermediation and peer-to-peer industries, data sharing, smart contracts and the future of cryptocurrency. With decision makers and senior innovation leaders across multiple sectors, TechNOVA: Blockchain Summit 2018 is the event to attend take your understanding of the technology to the next level and kick-start the development of your future.
Fintech World Forum

E-Fintech Show

April 11-12, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
The consolidation of decentralized technologies such as Blockchain together with the various FinTech business models that exist today make the financial sector has to reinvent itself more than ever. A new economy decentralized is coming and will forever change the financial services that Today we know.
e-Fintech Show

Fintech Design Summit

April 20, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
The financial services sector has entered a new era, with FinTech startups challenging the major FS players by creating powerful new user centric products. The FinTech Design Summit will be exploring how experience led design has disrupted the industry. We will be hearing from the financial companies designing new experiences for users, that will change consumer exceptions forever. The Fintech Design Summit is targeted at Senior Product & Design Professionals, Fintech Entrepreneurs, CTO’s and CEO’s.
Fintech Design Summit

Fintech World Forum

May 30-31, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
FinTech World Forum 2018 (FinTech Conference) is based in London UK Europe as one of leading fintech events for global financial, finance and banking technology industry. Its focuses on Mobile Payments, Lending, Insurance, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Investment, InsurTech, RegTech, Money, Mobile Banking and Wealth Management.
Fintech World Forum

London Fintech Week

July 06-13, 2018 – Fintech, Conference/Showcase
Fintech Week is a series of conferences, exhibitions, workshops, hackathons, meetups and parties. Each day we focus on a different topic. We always ensure that there is plenty of time for networking and meeting other innovators. The main conference/exhibition takes place at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, but other events take place across the City of London, Canary Wharf and “Tech City.”
Fintech Worldwide Ltd

Asia/Middle East

Blockchain Middle East Forum

February 05-06, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
Unblocking the blockchain Dubai announced its intention to turn itself into the first blockchain-powered government in the world by 2020. These ambitions are part of the emirate’s goal of becoming a global business hub with next-generation technology playing a key role in delivering this vision.As a result, a number of Middle East companies both private and public have made substantial progress on understanding the opportunities, application and preparations of adopting the blockchain technology within their organisation.
IQPC Middle East

Blockchain and Bitcoin Conference Bengaluru

February 22, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
India is a very likely country to become a global cryptocurrency leader. It is one of the most rapidly developing technology markets because of the huge amount of young people. Besides, the Indian online market consists of 333 million users, occupying the second place in the world.This country has a vast number of young engineers and a comprehensive IT market ready to explore all innovative technologies in a very short time. This also includes cryptocurrency technologies: currently, India is a place where blockchain technologies and cryptocurrency services are promoted at the government level. Therefore, the international network of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conferences organized by Smile-Expo, covering more than 10 European and CIS countries, is expanding and holding a new conference in Bengaluru, India.
Blockchain and Bitcoin Conference

Finovate Middle East

February 26-27, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
Finovate events bring together the entire fintech community to showcase cutting-edge banking, financial and payments technology in a unique, short-form, demo-only format as well as insights from global financial service experts.
 Finnovate Middle East

Fintegrate Zone 2018

February 27- March 01, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
Fintegrate Zone is a “fintech thought leadership” conclave focusing on the future of technology and the broader financial services industry within India and beyond its borders. The agenda of the conclave is to highlight the business and technology innovations driving change in the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance industry.Started in 2017 by Zone Startups, a leading FinTech ecosystem enabler, Fintegrate Zone is a multi-format 3-day FinTech conclave, catering to different stakeholders with curated event formats.
Fintegrate Zone

2nd Annual Fintech Week (Tel Aviv)

March 05-07, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
Our first conference is all about Bitcoin, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). We’ll be exploring the evolution of Blockchain from Cytpto to ICO and hearing from innovators and influencers in the space.Our second conference focuses on all things Fintech. Hear from Key players from across the fintech ecosystem including banks, VCs, start-ups and innovators.Our third conference is all about the intersection of cyber security and financial services. We’ll talk to experts on both sides and explore how safe your money and data really is.
Fintech Worldwide

4th Annual Blockchain Finance & Fintech China 2018

March 15-16, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
The 4th Annual Block Chain Finance & Fin-tech China 2018 event will gather over 800 participants from around the world, where the leaders of Block Chain & Fintech will present their views on key issues in the industry.
Blockchain Finance & Fintech China

IFINTEC

May 08-09, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
IFINTEC Finance Technologies Conference and Exhibition will be held at Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Sisli on 08-09 May 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. IFINTEC is one of the biggest and most important conferences in EMEA region on Retail Banking, Banking Technologies, Banking Solutions and Finance Technologies. IFINTEC Conference serves a perfect platform to introduce and demonstrate banking solutions and finance technology solutions including system, hardware, software, consultancy, training and service which are developed for banks and financial institutions.
Finance Technologies Conference & Exhibition

Finovate Asia

October 29-30, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO STAY AHEAD ON FINTECH INNOVATION IN ASIA 450+ Attendees. 30+ Demoing companies. Countless opportunities. Finovate events bring together the entire fintech community to showcase cutting-edge banking, financial and payments technology in a unique, short-form, demo-only format as well as insights from global financial service experts.
Finovate Asia

Americas

The Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Blockchain Superconference

February 16-18, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
Is It Too Late To Get Involved In Crypto? Not at all. Even if you didn’t mine 10,000 bitcoins using your old PC in 2012, bitcoin, ethereum, altcoins and blockchain technology are still in their infancy.99.9% of the world’s population is barely aware of how bitcoin, ethereum, and other blockchain-based tokens are starting to address real use cases.

MIT Fintech Conference 2018

March 10, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
The event will bring together fintech startups, established financial service and technology firms, vcs, investors, and regulators to share their ideas about recent innovations in the financial technology space. Hear the best ideas, examine the latest technologies, and ask the big question at the mit fintech club’s biggest event of the year!
MIT Fintech

Empire Start-up Fintech Conference New York

April 18, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
Hear from those forging new trails in payments, blockchain, lending, robo-advisors, insurance tech, real estate and more. In addition to attracting hundreds of FinTech entrepreneurs, this conference also plays host to the investors and service providers that help accelerate startups. The audience can also look forward to keynotes, panels and demo updates from some of the top FinTech startups in the world.
Empire Starups

STX 18 by Fintech Exchange

April 25, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
A summit for technology startups focused on financial markets & trading brought to you by FinTech Exchange (FTX). FTX is Chicago’s leading fintech event for financial markets and trading technology. FTX has been a sellout since its inception in 2015, with close to 500 attendees each year. This event has featured growth firms as well as world-class companies, including: CME Group, CBOE, IBM Watson, Amazon Web Services, Google, Trading Technologies, and Tableau.
Fintech Chicago

Finovate Spring

May 08-11, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO STAY AHEAD ON FINTECH INNOVATION 1300+ attendees. 70+ companies demoing. Countless opportunities. See the cutting-edge of fintech via a unique, short-form, demo-only format. Plus, new for 2018, get advice and insights from 100+ fintech experts in a newly expanded program. All coming to you live from Silicon Valley, the world’s biggest tech and innovation hotbed.
Finovate

The Payment Canada Summit

May 09-11, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
Join industry leaders, innovators and challengers at Canada’s largest payments conference. The 2018 SUMMIT is the forum to connect the payments ecosystem, offering a broad spectrum of topics that influence payments in Canada and around the world.
Payments Canada

Future of Fintech

June 19-21, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
CB Insights – The Disruption of Financial Services. The Future of Fintech is an exclusive gathering of the world’s largest financial institutions, best fintech startups, and most active venture investors.
CB Insights

Finbat

June 20-21, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
The Annual Conference on Fintech and Banking transformation (FINBAT) aims to bring together researchers, decision makers, and practitioners interested in exploring the many facets of Fintech and banking transformation in the digital age.
Finbat

Finovate Fall

September 24-29, 2018 – Conference/Showcase
THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO STAY AHEAD ON FINTECH INNOVATION 1500+ attendees. 70+ companies demoing. Countless opportunities. See cutting-edge banking, financial and payments technology in a unique, short-form, demo format. Get advice and insights from 100+ fintech experts in an expanded program.
FinovateFall

 

Reports

B-Hive launches European FinTech landscape report, B-Lens 2.0, together with Roland Berger and Sirris
February 22, 2019
B-Hive, the collaborative innovation platform, together with Roland Berger, one of the leading global consultancy firms, and Sirris, the collective centre for and by the technological industry, has published B-Lens 2.0, a FinTech landscape report that takes a look at the state of financial services and FinTechs in Belgium and Europe.

2018 FinTech VC Investment Landscape
February 12, 2019
2018 was a record year in FinTech with $36.6 billion of venture capital invested in the sector across 2,304 deals, a 148% or 2.5x increase from 2017 and a 329% or 4.3x increase over five years. The second quarter of 2018, in particular, saw Ant Financial raise an astonishing $14 billion – both a record for FinTech as well as for venture capital.

The FinTech Disruptors Report 2019 – Removing Roadblocks
December 07, 2018
A decade after the Great Recession a lot has changed in financial services. But much has also stayed the same. Not including regulator-enforced bank rescues, league tables of the largest financial services organisations in Europe, and across the Middle East and Africa, are much the same as before the crash. The report, carried out by MagnaCarta includes the results of a survey of 5,000 professionals within banking, financial services and FinTech across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In addition, interviews have been conducted with 24 experts across the region.

FinTech decoded: The capital markets infrastructure opportunity (Mckinsey/World Exchange Report)
March 2018
Technology has long been the engine driving capital markets efficiency—both for investors in the markets, and for the capital markets infrastructure providers (CMIPs) that operate the exchanges and other trading venues, central counterparties, securities depositories, index providers, and data and analytics companies. More lately, FinTechs are bringing new technologies to market even faster and with a greater impact. Hundreds of FinTechs are focusing their development on capital markets infrastructure (CMI), and while CMIPs recognize that FinTech will have a significant influence on the industry, many remain unsure of which technologies to adopt and to what degree, and how best to engage and interact with FinTech companies.

FRTB: delivering on the promise of data-driven insights
February 2018
Although the Basel timetable for FRTB implementation may have been postponed, many banks have already formalized their FRTB reporting requirements. According to new research by Chartis Research and IBM Watson Financial Services, almost one-third of respondents are currently implementing new systems and approaches for FRTB reporting. Depending on their size and location, banks are pursuing FRTB reporting with different levels of urgency – yet in our survey all cited technology as a key barrier to implementation.

Sound Practices: implications of FinTech developments for banks and bank supervisors
February 2018
The Sound Practices on the implications of FinTech developments for banks and bank supervisors assesses how technology-driven innovation in financial services, or “FinTech”, may affect the banking industry and the activities of supervisors in the near to medium term.Various future potential scenarios are considered, with their specific risks and opportunities. In addition to the banking industry scenarios, three case studies focus on technology developments (big data, distributed ledger technology and cloud computing) and three on FinTech business models (innovative payment services, lending platforms and neo-banks).
Bank of International Settlements

FinTech: Finding the sweet spot
January, 2018
On the 23rd November 2017, Atos and Worldline, in partnership with Finovate, ran a panel discussion and workshop involving digital leaders and innovators from Financial Services institutions and FinTechs.
This report provides you with an overview and consolidation of the discussions that took place at the event and draws out the key conversations, insights and thoughts presented to help, educate and inspire as you pursue your own journey towards getting out of the lab and into the business..

Atos FinTech Program
December, 2017

The FinTech phenomenon has shaken the foundations of the Financial Services sector – offering new ways to create value in an ageing industry. But not every bank or insurer is going to make the FinTech transition. And not every FinTech is going to outlast the initial burst of activity. So how are you going to exploit opportunities to survive and thrive in Financial Services? As a leader in integrating FinTech solutions, answering this question is our primary focus.