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…

Gaming giant Razer Inc leads consortium for online banking license from Singapore

On Thursday, gaming firm Razer Inc stated, it is leading a consortium of companies that has applied for online banking license in Singapore. Razer’s fintech business will have a 60% stake in the consortium which includes FWD, an insurance firm, and Sheng Siong Holdings, a private vehicle of the Lim brothers behind a Singaporean supermarket…

Blockchain technology resolves many issues surround information asymmetry in trade finance: PBOC

China is increadingly positioning blockchain technology as a foundational fintech platform. On Thursday, in a statement, the Shanghai headquarters of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) stated the usage of blockchain technology solves many of the issue revolving around information asymmetry in trade finance and the core problem of providing proof of trade authenticity. Its…

Brazilian fintech Nubank raises $400 million in 7th funding round

Nubank was valued at more than $10 billion in its latest funding round. In a statement Brazilian fintech startup Nubank stated, it has raised $400 million in a new funding round led by TCV, a U.S. investment firm. Its existing investors include China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd, Ribbit Capital, DST Global, Dragoneer, and Sequoia Capital. Thrive…