South Korea’s SK Group to invest $100M in AirAsia’s digital arm BigPay

On Friday, in a statement South Korea’s SK Group said, it will invest up to $100 million in the fintech unit of AirAsia Group Bhd. BigPay, a unit of AirAsia’s digital arm, offers a prepaid debit card, local and international money transfers, micro-insurance, bill payments and a budgeting tool. “Our ambition has always been to establish…

Venture capitalists repose confidence on London-based fintechs, despite Brexit and COVID-19

London-based fintech companies have increased their funding from venture capital investors in the first six months of this year compared to any year in the past signaling the British capital’s resilience as a fintech hub post-Brexit. nvestors have sunk $5.3 billion into London fintech startups in the first half of 2021. compared to $2.1 billion…

Danish fintech platform Pleo raises $150M in latest funding round, valued at $1.7 billion

On Tuesday, Pleo, a Danish fintech platform which offers expense management tool and smart company cards, said it had raised $150 million from U.S. investment firms Bain Capital Ventures and Thrive Capital in its latest funding round which valued it around $1.7 billion. The company has more than 17,000 customers across Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the…

El Salvador makes bitcoin legal tender from Sept 27, 2021

In a development that sees Bitcoin gaining increasing traction in the financial world, El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele announced during a national address that the country has passed a bill making bitcoin legal tender with effect from September 7 2021; use of the cryptocurrency will be optional. The country’s Congress has already approved Bukele’s proposal…

Visa’s bid to acquire fintech startup Plain Inc facing antitrust review

Visa Inc’s $5.3 billion acquisition of fintech startup Plaid Inc is facing antitrust scrutiny following the U.S. Justice Department filing a court petition on Tuesday demanding more information on the transaction. The DoJ is reviewing the proposed deal to check whether it violates provisions of antitrust law. It has filed a petition with a U.S. district…

European fintech Revolut plans on applying for U.S.. banking license

According to sources with knowledge of the matter at hand, Revolut, a digital banking app plans on applying for a bank charter with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and California’s Division of Financial Institutions within weeks. Although Revolut’s bank charter will be with California, it will allow the lender to operate widely throughout…