Jonathan Nieh

NextTech Aims To Be Vietnam’s Alibaba

E-commerce company NextTech, which is based out of Hanoi, Vietnam, is aiming to become its country’s version of Alibaba. Alibaba, of course, is China’s e-commerce and technology (including Fintech) juggernaut that helped the country surpass the US in mobile payments by more than 50 times. Can… Read More

Hong Kong Eyeing to Overtake Singapore as Asia’s Premier Fintech Hub

According to several reports, fintech in Asia reached record numbers in 2016. Singapore, in particular, has seen huge growth the last few years and has long proclaimed itself as the premier fintech hub in Asia. Some of the reasons why Singapore has been able to establish itself… Read More

National Bank of Canada Invests in Myanmar Fintech Company ONGO

Last week, ONGO, a mobile payments platform based in Myanmar, announced a strategic partnership with the National Bank of Canada (NBC). According to ONGO’s announcement, NBC acquired a 22% stake in ONGO. The company declined to disclose any other terms of the deal. ONGO is… Read More

Middle East and North Africa Fintech Startups Raised $100M in Last Decade

According to a report released last month by middle eastern media platform Wamda, Fintech startups located in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) raised over $100 million over the last decade. That may not seem like much compared to the billions raised by Fintech startups… Read More

SEC Rolls Out Amendments to Intrastate Offering Rule

On April 20, 2017, amendments to Rule 147 and new Rule 147A, federal intrastate offering exemptions, finally went into effect. The amendments to Rule 147 and new Rule 147A are intended to modernize and update the exemption that allows companies to raise money from investors who… Read More

China and Switzerland Plan to Exchange Fintech Knowledge

Swiss Finance Minister Ueli Maurer has been touring China for the past week. On several stops along his trip, Maurer has given speeches and interviews detailing Switzerland’s hopes in strengthening financial ties with China and in sharing Fintech knowledge. Speaking with China Global Television Network, Maurer… Read More

Update on Regulation D: Data from 2016 Form D’s

It’s been over a year since the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) published its report on Private Securities Offerings post-JOBS Act. And while since that time, DERA has published more data about Regulation CF and Regulation A, the SEC has yet to… Read More

P2P Lender China Rapid Finance Sets Terms for US IPO

  China Rapid Finance, a peer-to-peer (P2P) lender based in Shanghai, China, announced that it has set the terms for its upcoming US IPO. The company plans to raise $105 million through the offering of 10 million shares priced between $9.50 to $11.50 a share. At… Read More

Chinese Fintech Startup Helps Mainlanders Invest Money in US Funds

China’s Concerns with Outflowing Money China has a money outflow problem on its hands. More than US $1.2 Trillion has left China since its yuan was devalued in August 2015, according to Bloomberg. Money has been leaving China in several ways: increase in repaying foreign… Read More

New Law in Japan Officially Recognizes Bitcoin

Only a few weeks since the SEC denied two separate bitcoin ETF applications, there may be some good news coming out of Japan for supporters of Bitcoin. On April 1, a new law went into effect in Japan allowing for the country’s first officially recognized… Read More

Marvelstone Capital Launches Robo Advisors for Clients in Asia

Marvelstone Capital, a data-driven asset management company located in Singapore, announced last week that it would begin rolling out robo-advisors to its family office clients in Asia. The robo-advisors, co-developed with another Singapore-based fintech startup Smartfolios, will be available on desktop and mobile. Marvelstone Capital hopes the… Read More

SEC Releases New Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations On Regulation Crowdfunding

Yesterday, the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance released two new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) answering questions related to Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF). CD&Is are the Commission’s way of giving some informal guidance, through a question and answer format, on how its staff members interpret certain rules. They… Read More

Singapore Fintech Startup soCash Raises $600K Angel Round

  Yesterday, fintech startup soCash announced it had raised another US $600K (S$ 836,697) from angel investors. soCash, located in Singapore, provides digital cash management services to banks. The platform bills itself as a better and cheaper alternative to ATMs: The solution plugs into the mobile apps of… Read More

Cloudvirga Raises $15 Million In Series B

Last Monday, Fintech company cloudvirga, developer of a cloud-based mortgage automation platform, announced it raised $15 Million is Series B funding. Cloudvirga’s trademarked intelligent Mortgage Platform (iMP) automates the entire mortgage workflow process between borrowers and lenders. Central to cloudvirga’s success is its ability to maintain strict… Read More

PayPal Directors Hit With Class Action Suit from Shareholders Over Venmo

  On March 24, 2017, shareholders of PayPal Holdings Inc., the parent company of mobile-payment provider Venmo, filed a derivative suit against its directors in the District Court of Delaware. A derivative suit is a form of class action in which shareholders can sue company… Read More

Chinese P2P Lenders Are Still Having Trouble Finding Bank Custodians

China’s peer-to-peer (P2P) lending market is the largest in the world, but recently the industry has come under increased regulation from the Chinese government. Just a month ago, the China Banking Regulatory Authority (CBRA) imposed a new policy that would require all P2P lenders to appoint… Read More

Is Kabbage Buying Out Rival OnDeck?

Current State of Affairs Small business lender Kabbage announced earlier this month that it would begin selling over $525 million worth of loans to investors, which will in turn increase its lending capacity to over $2.7 billion. In contrast, Kabbage’s competitor OnDeck, has seen its share… Read More

KPMG Releases Global Technology Innovation Report

  KMPG just released part one of its Changing Landscape of Disruptive Technologies 2017 publication series, Global Technology Innovation Hubs. In the report, KPMG discusses the cities, countries, people and companies that are driving innovative development around the world. The report is based on data… Read More