Omar Faridi

Allianz X and Insurance Firm Debeka Invest in Insurtech SDA SE Open Industry Solutions, an Open Platform for Developing Digital Ecosystems

Allianz X, the digital investment division of the Allianz Group (a German multinational financial services company), and insurance firm Debeka recently invested in Insurtech SDA SE Open Industry Solutions, an open platform for developing digital ecosystems. Allianz X and Debeka, along with current investors SIGNAL… Read More

KPMG Introduces New Blockchain-based Track and Trace Platform in Australia, China, and Japan

Big Four accounting and professional services firm KPMG has introduced a new blockchain-powered track and trace solution in Australia, China and Japan. Called KPMG Origins, the platform has been designed to increase transparency and traceability of routine business procedures in several different industries including agriculture,… Read More

Insurtech Firm Acko General Insurance Raises $36 Million via Investment Round Led by Ascent Capital, Binny Bansal

Insurtech firm Acko General Insurance Ltd has recently raised $36 million via an investment round led by Ascent Capital. This, according to Acko’s filings with the registrar of companies (RoC). The Mumbai-headquartered insurtech company acquired allotments of “10 equity shares of ₹10 (appr. $0.14) each… Read More

Blockchain Network Zilliqa to Use Elliptic’s Risk Management Tools to Enhance Platform Infrastructure Security and Compliance

Zilliqa, a blockchain-based platform that aims to deliver high-throughput and high-security, has teamed up with Elliptic, a provider of digital asset risk management software for crypto firms and financial institutions. According to a press release shared with Crowdfund Insider, the partnership between Zilliqa and Elliptic… Read More

France-based Fintech Virgil, which Supports Millennial Home Ownership, Has Raised $2.3 Million

France-based Virgil, a Fintech firm that supports millennial home-ownership, recently raised €2.1 million ($2.3 million) from Alven Capital, Kima Ventures, LocalGlobe, and several angel investors. The capital raised will help Virgil achieve its short-term goals, which include finalizing at least 100 transactions each month by… Read More

Argentina-based Mobile Payments Fintech Ualá Raises $150 Million via Series C Investment Round

Argentina-based mobile payments firm Ualá has been valued at almost $1 billion in its most recent investment round, which was led by Chinese tech giant Tencent, according to sources familiar with the details of the transaction. Tencent led Ualá’s $150 million Series C investment round…. Read More

Dubai Financial Services Authority and Luxembourg’s Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier to Work on Developing Fintech Platforms

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) Luxembourg have made an agreement to work cooperatively to develop Fintech-related platforms. The cooperation framework shows that both regulators have made an effort to encourage the development of innovative technologies… Read More

Sweden-based Online Payments Firm Klarna Reportedly Onboarded 60,000 Additional Merchants

Sweden-based Online payments company (and bank) Klarna reportedly became Europe’s highest valued Fintech in August 2019 with a market capitalization of around $5.5 billion. Klarna’s management stated on November 26 that it has onboarded 60,000 additional merchants worldwide in 2019, which represents an increase of… Read More

$4.4 Billion in Cryptocurrency-related Thefts Scams Recorded in 2019 but Scams Decline During Q3: CipherTrace Report

CipherTrace, an established crypto and blockchain intelligence company, has published its Q3 2019 Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering (AML) report. The report addresses “cryptocurrency regulation, nefarious actors within the ecosystem, impending legislation, international trends and prevailing sentiments,” according to a press release shared with CrowdFund Insider. The… Read More

Peer to Peer Lending Firm Amartha Finalizes Series B Funding Round Led by LINE Ventures

Peer to peer lending firm Amartha has finalized a Series B investment round led by LINE Ventures, the venture capital division of giant messaging app LINE. The funds raised will be used to further expand Amartha’s operations to include more women and underprivileged families based… Read More

Ontario’s Government to Reduce Regulatory Burdens, Improve Innovation in Fintech Including Harmonized Crowdfunding Rules

The government of Ontario is looking to updating their regulatory policies for capital markets while reducing the regulatory burden. Improvements for both large and small firms are the goal. This includes innovative businesses in Fintech as they will receive: “more flexibility in the OSC’s approach… Read More

Alternative Lending Marketplace October Reveals New $110 Million Commitment from European Investment Fund and Others to Finance European SMEs

The European Investment Fund (EIF) will reportedly be renewing its support to European SME, under the “Private Credit Tailored for SMEs” program. Support will also be extended by other established institutional investors such as Bbifrance, CNP Assurances, and Zencap. A new €100 million (appr. $110… Read More

Estonia-based Crypto Trading Platform DX.Exchange Halts Operations Following a Petition Submitted by Company Employees

The company behind an Estonia-headquartered, Nasdaq-powered digital currency exchange DX.Exchange is reportedly halting its operations, after a petition submitted by its workers. CX Technologies, the Israeli firm that had been managing DX.Exchange’s operations, entered bankruptcy after 78 employees filed a petition against the exchange with… Read More

Finland-based Fintech Firm Enfuce Raises €10 Million to Expand Operations Globally

Enfuce, one of the largest Fintech firms in Finland, has raised €10 million (appr. $11 million) via an investment round led by Maki.vc. The round included venture debt from Nordea, LähiTapiola, and Finnvera. Enfuce is one of fastest-growing Fintechs in the Nordic region. The company… Read More

Ripple-backed Storage and Rental Firm Omni Rentals Will Reportedly Be Closing Down

Omni Rentals, a storage and rental company backed by $35 million in funding, which includes contributions from San Francisco-based Fintech firm Ripple, is reportedly halting its operations. Omni’s management says it’s preparing to shut down its platform by the end of this year. Around 10… Read More

French Fintech Firm Particeep Finalizes $1.3 Million Venture Loan Funding with La Banque Wormser Frères

France-based Fintech firm Particeep, an established editor of whitelabel internet-based distribution solutions and editor for financial products and services, has finalized a €1.2 million ($1.3 million) venture loan funding deal with La Banque Wormser Frères. Particeep’s latest funding brings the total capital raised by the… Read More

Securitize, a Compliant Blockchain-based Securities Platform, Acquires Strategic Investment from SBI Holdings

Securitize, a globally accessible solution for developing compliant, blockchain-based digital securities, has reportedly completed another strategic fundraise in order to further develop its technology platform to “modernize the legacy securities industry.” The latest investment comes from SBI Investment, a subsidiary of Tokyo-listed SBI Holdings, Inc.,… Read More

Crypto Startup Travala Partners Booking.com to Accept Digital Currency Payments for Hotel Reservations

Travala, a service that lets users pay for hotel reservations with digital currencies, will now be allowing its clients to book any hotel that is available via Booking.com. Travala’s management says that it has integrated Booking.com’s listed accommodations on its platform. The newly launched feature… Read More

Wealthtech Platform Rerbium Introduces Waitlist for UK-based Clients, Platform to Go Live in 2020

Rerbium, a platform that assists individuals in managing their wealth, recently introduced its waitlist for the United Kingdom. The company says its platform will go live during the first half of next year. Rerbium’s management notes that the company’s platform connects many different investment-focused Fintech… Read More

Fireblocks, an Institutional-Grade Platform for Secure Blockchain Transactions, Says it Handles $2.5 Billion in Monthly Crypto Transfers

Fireblocks, an institutional platform for conducting secure transactions with blockchain-based digital assets, revealed on November 25 that it now handles over $2.5 billion in cryptocurrency each month “since launching out of stealth mode” in June of this year. According to a press release shared with… Read More

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