Fintech

Canadian Venture Capital Firm Secured $320 Million to Invest in Fintech Startups

Portag3 Ventures, a Canadian venture capital (VC) firm, has closed a second fund with around $320 million to invest in fintech startup companies globally. On Dec. 3, TechCrunch reported that the VC company received final commitments from institutional and strategic investors totaling $320 million. The funds will allow the company to make early-stage investments in …

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Blockchain Firm Figure Technologies Secures $58M, Aims for $103M

San Francisco-based fintech firm Figure Technologies has secured $58 million in a recent funding round which aims to raise a total of $103 million. According to a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Figure — which is the creator of Provenance, a blockchain platform to track supply chains — has raised over $58.8 …

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Former UBS Executive Establishes Digital Securities Insurance Platform

A former executive of investment bank UBS has established a United States-based digital securities platform. According to a press release on Nov. 27, Claude Waelchli — who served over 12 years at UBS in various executive positions — launched the Tokenyz platform for issuing digital securities.  Waelchli states that the financial industry can benefit from …

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Oman Sees First Trade Finance Transaction on Blockchain

Oman Oil and Orpic Group and HSBC Bank Oman SAOG have conducted the first trade finance transaction on the blockchain in the country using R3’s Corda platform. As news publication the Oman Observer reported on Nov. 23, Oman Oil and Orpic Group — one of the largest oil and gas businesses in Oman — and HSBC …

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Bitcoin Slips in KPMG Rankings, But Cryptocurrency Innovation Has Strong Showing

On Nov. 18, Big Four auditing firm KPMG released its 2019 Fintech100 ranking, which lists the top 100 fintech firms in the world. The list saw a drop in Bitcoin-related companies but reinforced innovation in the payments industry. As was the case in 2018, AntFinancial — owned by Jack Ma of Alibaba — led the …

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Opera-Backed Fintech OPay Seals $120M Investment to Grow Across Africa

Lagos-headquartered fintech Opay has sealed $120 million in a series B financing round from a host of high-profile Chinese investors. Founded in 2018 by web browser developer Opera, OPay — which focuses on developing digital payments solutions to promote financial inclusion — had previously raised $50 million in June of this year, according to what …

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Crypto Banks Gain Regulatory Recognition Across the Globe

</header> <strong>Traditional financial institutions are still leery about decentralized cryptocurrencies. They are only starting to explore the potential of digital assets. But a new breed of banks specializing in crypto have been working hard to take advantage of this trend and are gaining regulatory recognition around the world. </strong> Also read: How to Start With …

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Bahrain to Provide Fast-Track Setup Program for Fintech Startups

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) has introduced a new program to attract more startups to the country. According to a press release on Oct. 29, the investment promotion agency for the Kingdom of Bahrain has introduced a fast-track setup program for startups looking to do business there. The new initiative will provide an expedited …

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Bankers Start to Recognize Bitcoin’s Role in Financial Evolution

</header> <strong>Digitization, disruption, blockchain, and frictionless payments. It’s amazing how prominent figures from the financial elite can provide a pretty detailed description of decentralized money without uttering “bitcoin” or “crypto.” But the fact of the matter is that clever businessmen in any industry, banking is no exception, would quickly spot emerging competition, analyze its strengths, …

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Ripple’s Xpring Acquires Payment Platform Logos Network to Pursue DeFi

Ripple, the San Francisco-based startup behind the third-largest asset on the crypto market, XRP, has acquired payments platform Logos Network to develop decentralized financial (DeFi) products. Per a Sept. 27 blog post, Ripple’s Xpring initiative, the company’s investment arm, has onboarded Logos Network. Logos Network is a distributed ledger-based payment platform that focuses on speed …

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