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Kate Rooney – CNBC
Ant Financial just closed one of the biggest capital raises on record. It plans to use some of that $14 billion to invest in blockchain. The company is now worth a reported $150 billion, making it one of the world’s most valuable private companies.
FAO: Creating an Ali/Ant Coin – step one -> invest in blockchain technology.
Barbara Shecter – Financial Post
A new $75 million venture capital fund is being launched to develop early-stage fintech companies and artificial intelligence applications for financial services with the backing of large financial institutions including the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Sun Life Financial.
JD Alois – Crowdfund Insider
TransferWise has announced the launch of its money transfer services in Argentina. Argentinians will now be able to move money from more to and from over 60 countries. TransferWise said it will operate in Argentina in partnership with Nubi, a Fintech company associated with Banco Comafi. Transferwise is already available in other Latin American countries including Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and Chile.
FAO: The staff at TransferWise really know how to keep themselves busy. Last week they announced a partnership with Banques Populaires’ and Caisses d’Espargne, France’s second largest bank, and rumors emerged regarding another potential partner – Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank.
Georgina Lee – SCMP
Chinese fintech companies have made headway in expanding their business to Southeast Asian markets, as they increasingly find their know-how in big data and artificial intelligence being sought after by Asian financial institutions in risk management and compliance.
Via News Straits Times – CIMB appoints Hendra Lembong as Chief Fintech Officer
DNT: Hendra started his career in CIMB in 2013 as chief of transaction banking for CIMB Niaga, Indonesia. In 2017, his role was expanded regionally to group transaction banking CEO, the story also informs.
Via Finextra – Rija Javed joined MarketInvoice as CTO
DNT: MarketInvoice looks to invest heavily into its technology, we learn from the story. Rija Javed joins from Wealthfront.
Clare Dickinson – Financial News (subscription)
Goldman Sachs has teamed up with a UK security firm to teach its employees about combating cyber threats, as finance institutions and regulators sharpen their focus on online attacks. The Wall Street bank is working with Immersive Labs to improve the cyber security skills of its staff, according to a statement.
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Ingot Coin, pioneering the link between the crypto universe and the current traditional financial industry, is pleased to announce a joint venture partnership with GMEX GROUP and the start of Ingot Coin’s blockchain based all-inclusive-ecosystem.
Financial Times (subscription)
As London Tech Week begins, the city can take pride in its status as Europe’s start-up hub. It is not guaranteed to retain the crown. The UK government must ensure that funding, supply chain, regulation and employment conditions are and remain optimal.
Suzi Ring – Bloomberg (subscription)
Paris has beaten London as the most attractive European city for investors for the first time in more than a decade, as Brexit fears begin to taint the U.K. capital, according to a report.
The French city was ranked No. 1 for foreign direct investment by 37% of businesses in an Ernst & Young report.
FAO: London comes second, followed by Berlin and Frankfurt. We can easily see how the “pie” will be splitted among the European cities after Brexit…
Olaf Storbeck & Philip Stafford – Financial Times (subscription)
Germany’s finance minister Olaf Scholz has called for the re-location of London’s euro clearing business after Brexit and suggested it should move to Frankfurt. The Social Democrat and former mayor of Hamburg backed the plans of Deutsche Börse chief executive Theo Weimer to turn Germany’s financial centre into Europe’s new euro clearing hub.
FAO: It’s a long way but never underestimate the Germans’ determination…
Frederic Spohr – Handelsblatt Global
The German government is sending young companies to Southeast Asia to reinvent themselves for new markets. The challenges are substantial, but so is the support.
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Matthew Cochrane – The Motley Fool
In less than one month’s time, PayPal has made two key acquisitions designed to give it a leg up against competition in the payments industry.
FAO: Florin Adrian Oprea, Editor-in-chief FinTech Daily News
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