Bitfinex Hosts Launch of $280m Crypto Hedge Fund Fulgur Alpha as Exchange Becomes Go-To Place for Institutional Investors
Mar16

Bitfinex Hosts Launch of $280m Crypto Hedge Fund Fulgur Alpha as Exchange Becomes Go-To Place for Institutional Investors

Bitfinex, a state-of-the-art digital asset trading platform, has onboarded Fulgur Alpha, a $280 million Bahamas-based absolute returns crypto hedge fund, consolidating its position as the leading source of liquidity for institutional investors in the crypto space. The launch of Fulgur Alpha on Bitfinex will put the fund among the three biggest on an exchange widely recognised as providing the best liquidity in Bitcoin. Fulgur Alpha,...

Read More
Fleximize Named UK’s Best Business Finance Provider 2020
Mar16

Fleximize Named UK’s Best Business Finance Provider 2020

Fleximize, Suffolk’s fastest-growing fintech company, claimed the title of ‘Best Business Finance Provider’ at the 2020 British Bank Awards for the second time. This year’s British Bank Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 12th March at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. The awards are run by Smart Money People, the UK’s review and insight platform for financial services, and are considered the most widely-reported...

Read More
PFF 2020: Ebury Partners – Mauro Miotto
Mar16

PFF 2020: Ebury Partners – Mauro Miotto

At Paris Fintech Forum 2020, we chat with Mauro Miotto of Ebury Partners about future plans for the year

Read More
How do governments usually regulate fintech?
Mar16

How do governments usually regulate fintech?

Financial technology also simplified to fintech, is the development and innovation targeted at interacting with conventional finance approaches of financial services distribution. It’s an evolving sector that allows the use of technologies to boost finance practices. Recently, even Facebook opened a new financial technology company in Switzerland. As of today, fintech businesses dominate all fields of financial services, from...

Read More
Commodities adapt to climate change
Mar16

Commodities adapt to climate change

Environmental and climate-change developments are emerging as structural factors influencing global commodity markets. Extreme weather, natural disasters, biodiversity loss, climate-action failure and human-made environmental disasters are increasingly concerning governments, businesses and the public. For commodity producers, these issues are critical. Fossil-fuel energy use accounts for two-thirds of global emissions – 36 gigatonnes...

Read More
Saket Sharma, BNY Mellon on cloud based systems
Mar16

Saket Sharma, BNY Mellon on cloud based systems

Saket Sharma, Managing Director, Chief Information Officer Payments & Treasury Service at BNY Mellon talks to us about some of the considerations when looking at cloud based systems

Read More
Switcheo Partners with High-Security Blockchain Platform Zilliqa to Launch Zilliqa DEX
Mar16

Switcheo Partners with High-Security Blockchain Platform Zilliqa to Launch Zilliqa DEX

Zilliqa, the high-performance, high-security blockchain platform has announced a partnership with Switcheo, the first decentralised cryptocurrency exchange on the Neo blockchain, to build a non-custodial, decentralised exchange (DEX). With the new Zilliqa DEX, Zilliqa token holders and traders will have the ability to tap into digital assets on the Ethereum blockchain for the first time, essential to bolstering the growth of Zilliqa’s...

Read More
Roger Farah to step down as non-executive director
Mar16

Roger Farah to step down as non-executive director

Metro Bank (“the Bank”) today announces that, after six years on the Board, Roger Farah has decided to step down as a Non-Executive Director with immediate effect. The Metro Bank Board wishes to thank Roger for his contribution to the Bank. As a result of his departure, Catherine Brown will become Chair of the Remuneration Committee and Monique Melis will become Chair of the Nomination Committee, subject to regulatory...

Read More
Starling boss Anne Boden says digital banks ‘have to show they can make a profit’
Mar16

Starling boss Anne Boden says digital banks ‘have to show they can make a profit’

Starling Bank founder and chief executive Anne Boden said the business will to make its first monthly profit in “in January or February” of next year. This year is perhaps the most crucial in the well regarded bank’s short history. Boden has to manage expansion into Germany, France and the Netherlands, maintain the bank’s quality, and produce a profit. “Digital banks have experienced high growth,” says Boden. “We are all putting on...

Read More
Future CFO & Finance Summit – NEW DATES!
Mar16

Future CFO & Finance Summit – NEW DATES!

The Future CFO & Finance Summit is the biggest Finance Transformation program in Saudi Arabia. It is scheduled to take place on the 13th and 14th of July 2020 in Riyadh and hosts 150 CFOs and other C-level Finance leaders from various industries like Energy & Utilities, Manufacturing, Automotive, Retail, FMCG, Government bodies, etc. This platform aims to bring together 150 of the most influential CFOs of Saudi Arabia and 15...

Read More
Volante Technologies delivers immediate support for SWIFT Standards Release 2020 MT messages
Mar16

Volante Technologies delivers immediate support for SWIFT Standards Release 2020 MT messages

Volante Technologies, a global provider of payments and financial messaging solutions to accelerate digital transformation, today announced immediate support for SWIFT Standards Release 2020 MT messages. The final specification of this release was made available by SWIFT on the 13th March 2020. Volante implemented the updated SWIFT messages releasing them today, less than three days after the release. These messages will be live on...

Read More
ING to nominate Juan Colombás, Herman Hulst and Harold Naus as members of the Supervisory Board
Mar16

ING to nominate Juan Colombás, Herman Hulst and Harold Naus as members of the Supervisory Board

ING will propose to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to appoint Juan Colombás, Herman Hulst and Harold Naus to the Supervisory Board. The proposed appointments are part of the proxy materials for ING’s 2020 AGM on 28 April 2020 which are published today. Juan Colombás (1962, Spanish) currently is chief operating officer of Lloyds Banking Group, from which he will retire in July 2020. From 2011-2017 he served as chief risk officer of...

Read More
Coordinated central bank action to enhance the provision of global U.S dollar liquidity
Mar16

Coordinated central bank action to enhance the provision of global U.S dollar liquidity

The Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve, and the Swiss National Bank are today announcing a coordinated action to enhance the provision of liquidity via the standing U.S. dollar liquidity swap line arrangements. These central banks have agreed to lower the pricing on the standing U.S. dollar liquidity swap arrangements by 25 basis points, so that the new rate will be...

Read More
PFF 2020: Emerging Payments Association – Thibault De Barsy
Mar13

PFF 2020: Emerging Payments Association – Thibault De Barsy

At Paris Fintech Forum, we chat to Thibault De Barsy from Emerging Payments Association

Read More
WiseAlpha highly commended at the British Bank Awards
Mar13

WiseAlpha highly commended at the British Bank Awards

WiseAlpha has been Highly Commended in the ‘Best Investments Provider’ category at the British Bank Awards 2020, for its world-first digital offering of fractional bonds to private investors.  The British Bank Awards, now in its 6th year, is organised by the independent review site Smart Money People. It aims to find the best financial products, hottest innovations, and the most trusted financial brands and partners. The commendation...

Read More
PFF 2020: European Banking Federation
Mar13

PFF 2020: European Banking Federation

At Paris Fintech Forum 2020, we catch up with Wim from the European Banking Federation

Read More
MPE 2020: Lu Zurawski – ACI
Mar13

MPE 2020: Lu Zurawski – ACI

At MPE 2020: we chat to Lu Zurawski of ACI Worldwide on cross border payments.

Read More
Money Dashboard takes home big prize at the “Oscars of the  banking world” ceremony
Mar13

Money Dashboard takes home big prize at the “Oscars of the banking world” ceremony

Edinburgh-based fintech Money Dashboard, has been named the Best Personal Finance App at the 2020 British Banking Awards after a competitive voting process which saw over 40,000 customers sharing their feedback. This is the third time the company has taken home the prestigious award, having also won in 2017 & 2018. With more than 500,000 registered users, Money Dashboard helps people to take control of their financial life with...

Read More
PFF 2020: European Banking Federation
Mar13

PFF 2020: European Banking Federation

At Paris Fintech Forum 2020, we catch up with Raymond from the European Banking Federation

Read More
Raman Bhatia, former HSBC on how has the lending landscape changed over the last 10 years
Mar13

Raman Bhatia, former HSBC on how has the lending landscape changed over the last 10 years

Raman Bhatia, former HSBC on how has the lending landscape changed over the last 10 years

Read More
PFF 2020: European Banking Federation
Mar13

PFF 2020: European Banking Federation

At Paris Fintech Forum 2020, we catch up with Alexandra from the European Banking Federation

Read More
Tether the Undisputed King of Crypto as Market Cap Tops $5 Billion
Mar13

Tether the Undisputed King of Crypto as Market Cap Tops $5 Billion

Tether, the blockchain-enabled platform that powers the largest stablecoin, has surpassed $5 billion in market capitalization, amid a surge in interest in crypto’s most liquid, stable and trusted currency. The importance of Tether (USDt) is growing as the stablecoin performs an increasingly vital function within the digital asset ecosystem. Notably, USDt is playing an increasingly important role in the nascent decentralised finance...

Read More
Backbase delivers cloud-native core, fully integrated with an omni-channel digital banking solution
Mar13

Backbase delivers cloud-native core, fully integrated with an omni-channel digital banking solution

Backbase, the omni-channel Digital Banking platform and Finxact, the Core-as-a-Service platform, have entered into a strategic partnership to help banks and credit unions unlock the full potential of their digital transformation with a next-gen front-to-back solution. The partnership combines Backbase’s portfolio of turn-key online and mobile banking applications with Finxact’s next-gen cloud native core banking platform. The combined...

Read More
PFF 2020: Raisin GmbH – Emmanuel Rodriguez
Mar13

PFF 2020: Raisin GmbH – Emmanuel Rodriguez

At Paris Fintech Forum we catch up with Emmanuel Rodriguez of Raisin GmbH

Read More
Starling Bank voted Best British Bank for the third year
Mar13

Starling Bank voted Best British Bank for the third year

Banking challenger Starling Bank has been voted ‘Best British Bank’ at the British Bank Awards 2020. Bristol-based Triodos Bank came a close second, while Monzo slips to third spot. Tesco Bank remains the UK’s least loved bank. Run by Smart Money People, the UK’s financial services review website, over 40,000 UK customers were asked to rate their financial providers in order to find the UK’s best and worst financial firms based on...

Read More
Santander strengthens its global trade platform for companies with the acquisition of Mercury TFS
Mar13

Santander strengthens its global trade platform for companies with the acquisition of Mercury TFS

Banco Santander is continuing to invest in its global trade platform for companies with the acquisition of a majority stake in Mercury TFS, a company specialising in software solutionsthat automate the end-to-end management of trade finance transactions for corporate customers. The transaction, which forms part of Santander’s digital strategy to accelerate growth by buying up corporate stakes, will strengthen its international...

Read More
allpay.cards Facilitates Equals’ Launch of Prepaid  Currency and Expense Cards
Mar13

allpay.cards Facilitates Equals’ Launch of Prepaid Currency and Expense Cards

Leading UK card manufacturer and bureau, allpay.cards has helped facilitate the launch of international money specialist, Equals’ newly branded prepaid currency card: Equals Go, plus its corporate expense card Equals Spend.  Over the last 13 years, as FairFX, the company has helped over a million individual and business customers move and manage their money.  June last year saw a re-brand from FairFX to Equals, cementing the evolution...

Read More
Venture Summit  | West 2020 – new dates!
Mar13

Venture Summit | West 2020 – new dates!

In light of the recent global developments around the COVID-19 virus, Venture Summit | West 2020 will now be held on 5th and 6th May. Please see here for more details.

Read More
Seamless Southern Africa postponed – new dates!
Mar13

Seamless Southern Africa postponed – new dates!

In light of the recent global developments around the COVID-19 virus, Terrapinn has been working closely with our key event partners to ensure the best possible delivery for the 2020 edition of Seamless Southern Africa. Whilst South Africa remains completely safe for travel, and has deployed the strictest medical and hygiene protocols, we fully recognise that we have a high majority of key participants significant to the event’s...

Read More
PFF 2020: Tokeny – Luc Falempin
Mar13

PFF 2020: Tokeny – Luc Falempin

At Paris Fintech Forum we chat to Luc Falempin about Tokeny Solutions, which enables firms to apply control and compliance on a decentralized infrastructure, allowing companies to tokenize financial...

Read More
Stephen Walsh, Sensedia on their API strategy
Mar13

Stephen Walsh, Sensedia on their API strategy

Stephen Walsh, Sensedia on their API strategy  

Read More
Visma continues strong growth in the Netherlands by acquiring Onguard, leader in order-to-cash solutions
Mar13

Visma continues strong growth in the Netherlands by acquiring Onguard, leader in order-to-cash solutions

Visma has grown steadily in the Dutch market over the last few years, and has extended its presence further by adding Onguard’s order-to-cash solutions as a strategic complement to its financial management, HR management, procurement, and Digital Society cloud solutions in the Netherlands. Onguard joins the family of well-known Dutch brands in the Visma group, including Visma Connect, Visma Raet, ProActive, Visma Idella, PinkWeb,...

Read More
Former Trade Minister, Waitrose MD, Lord Price CVO, announced as keynote speaker at RetailEXPO
Mar13

Former Trade Minister, Waitrose MD, Lord Price CVO, announced as keynote speaker at RetailEXPO

Mark Price CVO, ex-MD Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of John Lewis Partnership, has been announced as the keynote speaker for RetailEXPO, Europe’s leading retail solutions show. Mark’s keynote session, ‘Creating a new vision for a new era of retail’, draws on his extensive experience as a retail leader to provide insight into the critical areas retailers must focus on to survive and thrive in a new decade of trading. From capitalising...

Read More
PFF 2020: Head of Europe for the Financial Data & Technology Association – Ghela Boskovich
Mar13

PFF 2020: Head of Europe for the Financial Data & Technology Association – Ghela Boskovich

At Paris Fintech Forum 2020 we catch up with Ghela Boskovich, Head of Europe for the Financial Data & Technology Association

Read More
PFF 2020: Yapily – Stefano Vaccino
Mar12

PFF 2020: Yapily – Stefano Vaccino

At PFF 2020, we catch up with Stefano Vaccino of Yapily

Read More
Obyte launches Autonomous Agents on Mainnet to unblock Decentralised Finance
Mar12

Obyte launches Autonomous Agents on Mainnet to unblock Decentralised Finance

Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) platform Obyte has announced that Autonomous Agents (AAs) were successfully activated on 29th February 2020. Autonomous Agents are a way to program and automate the movement of funds on a distributed ledger, they are most useful in decentralised finance (DeFi) applications. It is the first time that programmable money is deployed on a DAG based distributed ledger. DeFi apps benefit from DAG because unlike...

Read More
Bis Das, Equifax on HSBC using Equifax to go live with Open Banking
Mar12

Bis Das, Equifax on HSBC using Equifax to go live with Open Banking

  Bis Das, Equifax on HSBC using Equifax to go live with Open Banking

Read More
Accuity Acquires Apply Financial to Provide Real-Time Straight Through Processing and Account Validation Payment Solutions
Mar12

Accuity Acquires Apply Financial to Provide Real-Time Straight Through Processing and Account Validation Payment Solutions

Accuity, a leading global provider of financial crime screening, payments, and know your customer (KYC) solutions, and part of RELX, announced today that it has acquired Apply Financial Limited (Apply Financial). The acquisition supports Accuity’s strategy of providing banks, corporates, non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs), and fintechs with global and domestic payment and account validation solutions that reduce payment...

Read More
Yooz Wins Third Consecutive FinTech Breakthrough Award
Mar12

Yooz Wins Third Consecutive FinTech Breakthrough Award

 Yooz, a leading provider of innovative, cloud-based AP automation, today announced that it has been selected as the winner of the “Best Procure-to-Pay Software” award for the third year in a row by FinTech Breakthrough, an independent market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies, and products in the global FinTech market today. Yooz’s unique cloud-based invoice and payment processing (AP)...

Read More
Open Banking growth spurs BIAN’s global memberships
Mar12

Open Banking growth spurs BIAN’s global memberships

Independent not-for-profit standards association, The Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN), today officially welcomes a host of new members to its organisation. This includes a range of banks, consultancies and technology businesses such as, U.S. Bank, Banco de Credito del Peru, Bank Leumi, SPD Bank, UOB, CC&C Solutions, Knowis AG, Deloitte Consulting, SunTec Business Solutions, Technisys, Wipro and ServiceNow. The growth...

Read More
RegTech Startup Nexus FrontierTech Announces New Office Location in Iconic Tower Hill
Mar12

RegTech Startup Nexus FrontierTech Announces New Office Location in Iconic Tower Hill

Nexus Frontier Tech Ltd., a global AI solutions firm specialising in the modernisation of data-intensive business processes within the regulatory and compliance realm, today announced their new office location in central London as next step in aggressive global growth strategy. The new space, located at 1 St Katharine’s Way, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London, was much needed after a year of rapid expansion of the firm’s...

Read More
Philippines student team wins Finastra’s global hackathon
Mar12

Philippines student team wins Finastra’s global hackathon

Finastra has crowned Team ‘WonderTech’ the grand prize winner of its largest ever global fintech hackathon on its open development platform, FusionFabric.cloud. The Manila-based team was selected for the top honor for its ‘Agree Farm App’ from among five category winners at Finastra Universe New York. The app, which aims to connect rural farmers in the Philippines with access to bank loans, was chosen by an audience of senior...

Read More
State of the Industry: Global financial services players yet to align on key issues of collaboration, innovation and cybersecurity
Mar12

State of the Industry: Global financial services players yet to align on key issues of collaboration, innovation and cybersecurity

Key players in the financial services industry are set on a clear pathway towards collaboration, whether they like it or not, according to a new ‘State of the Industry’ report from Barclays Corporate Banking, An ecosystem in transition. Exclusive research from the bank highlights the contrasting regional views on where innovation is most likely to come from in the next five years, as well as the vastly different approaches to...

Read More
PSD2’s SCA Deadline: A triumph for consumer security
Mar12

PSD2’s SCA Deadline: A triumph for consumer security

This Saturday 14th March will mark the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) six-month delayed deadline for the implementation of PSD2 Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) for online banking. This regulation is mandating two levels of authorisation when transacting online in a bid to reduce fraud. More and more consumers value the convenience of online banking and payment platforms, which are now used by over two-thirds of British...

Read More
EPA publishes collaborative report to debate payments regulation ahead of PSD3
Mar12

EPA publishes collaborative report to debate payments regulation ahead of PSD3

The Emerging Payments Association (EPA), which celebrates collaboration and innovation within new and existing finance companies, has published its first report to address the issues from the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The report, made up of six contributed articles from leading industry figures, also gives practical feedback for the next iteration of the directive. The paper has been launched in response to growing...

Read More
Europe to America flight ban, expert comment
Mar12

Europe to America flight ban, expert comment

Salman Haqqi, personal finance expert at money.co.uk, said: “Today’s ban on flights from Europe to America means any UK residents who have a flight booked via a European destination should get a refund directly from their airline. Passengers may be able to get a refund from their hotel, but it’ll likely depend on the policies of the particular accommodation provider. “In the first instance, those travelling via Europe to America...

Read More
Nets acquires leading Polish payment provider Polskie ePłatności (PeP)
Mar12

Nets acquires leading Polish payment provider Polskie ePłatności (PeP)

Nets, a leading player in the European payments industry, today announces its acquisition of Polskie ePłatności (“PeP”), a leading Polish merchant acquirer with an installed base of more than 125,000 point-of-sales terminals, offering a broad set of payment solutions for SME merchants. The transaction values PeP’s Enterprise Value at EUR 405 million. With this acquisition, Nets further strengthens its presence in Poland – one of the...

Read More
First Derivatives plc appoints Kathy Schneider as Global Chief Marketing Officer
Mar12

First Derivatives plc appoints Kathy Schneider as Global Chief Marketing Officer

First Derivatives, a global software and consulting company, has appointed Kathy Schneider as Chief Marketing Officer reporting directly to Seamus Keating, First Derivatives’ Chief Executive Officer. Schneider will have global responsibility for First Derivatives’ marketing strategy, including brand, demand generation and communications.  In this role, she will drive the company’s global go-to-market approach and brand strategy...

Read More
Gold now available through Revolut
Mar12

Gold now available through Revolut

Global financial platform, Revolut, has today announced that customers with a Metal or Premium account can now access gold through the Revolut app. Gold will be available via the Revolut app through a new ‘Commodities’ widget on the dashboard. Customers can purchase and trade exposure to gold, based on live market performance data which Revolut obtains through its trusted gold services partner. Any gold exposure held by users is...

Read More
Standard Chartered launches “Banking as a Service”
Mar12

Standard Chartered launches “Banking as a Service”

Today, Standard Chartered launched its “Banking as a Service” solution, nexus. Through nexus, digital platforms and ecosystems like e-commerce, social media or ride hailing companies, will be able to offer  loans, credit cards and savings accounts co-created with the bank to their customers under their own brand name. Standard Chartered is starting off with a major e-commerce platform in Indonesia as their first partner and expect to...

Read More