by Florin Oprea
Oliver Pechter – Business Insider
The co-founder of Klarna, Niklas Adalberth, continues to sell shares in his company.
His most recent tranche has been sold to Danish fashion magnate and billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, also known as the country’s 2nd richest person.
FAO: Diversification…Povlsen is also a major shareholder and board member in e-commerce company Zalando.
Gordon Hunt – Silicon Republic
In one of Ireland’s largest ever Series A funding rounds, Plynk has raised €25m.
FAO: Plynk is a money messenger app.
Sandrine Rastello & Gerrit De Vynck – Bloomberg
Canada’s billionaire Desmarais family has come up with a novel approach to fend off the technology startups that threaten its financial services empire: Bring the enemies in and invite them to attack.
Alicia Naumoff – The Cointelegraph
Waves Platform allows anyone to set up their own digital token and use it in an ICO.
Leading Chinese Fintech and wealth management company, CreditEase announced the opening of its new Singapore office in the Asia Square Tower.
Matthew Ord – Insider Media
Durham-based Atom Bank has entered the Northern Irish market by striking up a partnership with Clearpath Finance.
FAO: Yesterday we reported that Atom postponed the current-account launch.
Frank Chaparro – Business Insider
Fidor, the innovative provider of digital banking solutions, further strengthens its global leadership team by announcing today the appointment of Geert Ensing as interim CIO.
Centralway Numbrs, the Zurich-based fintech, plans to launch a global banking platform. But first, the company will cut or relocate a third of its jobs.
FAO: That’s quite a move.
via Lend Edu – Dan Macklin, VP of Community and Member Success at SoFi, has officially left the online lending startup.
The Brexit cloud may loom large but, for now, the UK remains at the centre of Europe’s financial technology scene, home to nearly two thirds of the firms that make it into this year’s FinTech50.
Neil Ainger – CNBC
The 50 names selected for the 2017 list include U.K. challenger banks Atom and Monzo; German competitor N26; and technology providers such as Iwoca (U.K.); NetGuardians (Switzerland); Fenergo (Ireland); and Traxpay (Germany).
JD Alois – Crowdfund Insider
China is the largest Fintech market in the world led by conglomerates like Alibabay (Alipay, Ant Financial etc.), Tencent and more.
Samburaj Das – crypto coins news
Hong Kong is looking to gain expertise from the world’s largest FinTech market in China, a country which sees some 500 million people, over 40% of its population, adopt FinTech payment methods.
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has sent today its response to the European Commission consultation paper on “Fintech: a more competitive and innovative financial sector”, welcoming the initiative to take a stock-take of the EU’s Fintech industry.
Alex Konrad – Forbes
For the second year in a row, SARP ranked the accelerators by tiers rather than a numerical ranking. The big winners are AngelPad and Y Combinator, for which the researchers created an entirely new tier, “Platinum Plus.”
Therese Torris – Crowdfund Insider
Big consultancies, such as PwC, Cap Gemini, KPMG, Deloitte and Accenture, research and analyze fintech developments to support the digital transformation of their banking customers.
FAO: Florin Adrian Oprea, Editor-in-chief FinTech Daily News