Asia

Fintech Sector in Bahrain Is Growing Rapidly due to Increase in Mobile and Digital Payments, Narayanan Ganapathy, Analyst at Angivest Ventures Confirms

Narayanan Ganapathy, a financial analyst, angel investor, and the CEO at Angivest Ventures, recently noted that significantly more people are using smartphone apps and other types of software to make digital payments, because of the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting challenges. Ganapathy, whose comments came during… Read More

Thailand Fintech SYNQA, Parent of Blockchain Startup OmiseGo, Secures $80 Million from Siam Commercial Bank, Toyota Financial, Others

Thailand-based Fintech firm SYNQA, the parent company of OmiseGo (previously called Omise Holdings), has reportedly secured $80 million in capital via a Series C investment round led by SCB 10x, a subsidiary of the Siam Commercial Bank. Asia-based VC group SPARX also took part in… Read More

Ant Financial to Reportedly Drop “Financial” From Name to Rename to Ant Technology Group

Ant Financial Services Group, the owner and operator of Alipay, has dropped the “Financial” part of its name and is set to rebrand to Ant Technology Group, according to the Wall Street Journal. Founded in 2014 by billionaire Jack Ma, Ant Group describes itself as… Read More

An Early Fintech to Publicly Trade Shares, CoAssets Delists from ASX, Announces New CEO

CoAssets, a Singapore based Fintech that listed its shares on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2016, has announced the delisting of its shares. According to a release by the company, CoAssets requested a voluntary delisting for the following reasons: Low shareholder numbers – The Company… Read More

Malaysia: Fintech BigPay Adds Australia and Vietnam to Global Remittance Service, will Add China Soon

Asian Fintech firm BigPay announced on June 19, 2020, that it has added Australia and Vietnam to its global remittance service, and will be adding China soon. The company added Bangladesh and India in January of this year. BigPay’s management noted that they’re committed to… Read More

Malaysian Fintech Curlec to Help SMEs Process Recurring Payments via Direct Debit Bank to Bank Transactions

Malaysia-based Curlec, a Fintech firm that aims to offer a better way for businesses to collect recurring payments, recently secured funding from 500 Startups, an early-stage VC fund and seed accelerator established in 2010 by entrepreneurs Dave McClure and Christine Tsai. Curlec completed its seed… Read More

Middle East Fintech Sector Continues to Expand as Bahrain and UAE Move Up in Global Startup Rankings: Report

Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were recently ranked among the world’s top 100 destinations for startups across the globe. A new study published by StartupBlink, called the Startup Ecosystem Rankings Report, determines the score for each country by taking into consideration many different… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Chinese Ministry of Finance Issues Anti-Coronavirus Special Sovereign Bonds On June 16th, the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China issued a total of 70 billion yuan anti-coronavirus special sovereign bonds. According to the press release: The bonds are 10-year fixed-rate interest-bearing bonds… Read More

Blockchain Firm Matrixport Discusses Challenges of Using Crypto-Assets due to their Technical Nature, Proposes Unique Solutions

The team at Matrixport, a company that aims to serve as a gateway to the digital economy where users can trade, custody, invest, and borrow crypto-assets through a single, unified platform, recently compared the advantages and disadvantages of using centralized and decentralized finance (DeFi) solutions…. Read More

Fintech Adoption: Mobile, Digital, and Contactless Payments Increasingly Being Used in Indonesia due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak has created significant socio-economic challenges, which have impacted individuals and businesses across the globe. More people are now spending time at home due to government-enforced nationwide lockdowns. Certain segments of the Fintech industry, including digital, mobile, and contactless payments,  have seen increased… Read More

SIX Swiss Exchange listed Indonesian Fintech Achiko to Move to Switzerland to Offer Payments Services to European Markets

Switzerland listed Fintech firm Achiko is reportedly planning to offer payment services to European businesses. Based in Indonesia, the company is now moving to Switzerland after its shareholders supported the decision during a recent meeting. Established in 2018, the Jakarta-headquartered company currently offers payment services… Read More

AMTD and Xiaomi Finance to Provide $3.6 Million to Support Fintech Leadership Program with Guidance from Local Academic Institutions

AMTD Group (NYSE: HKIB; SGX: HKB), an integrated, licensed, comprehensive, non-bank financial institution group that offers several different financial services, has introduced a Fintech leadership program. The Singapore Management University (SMU), the Institute of Systems Science at the National University of Singapore (NUS-ISS), and Xiaomi… Read More

Singapore Fintech, the Institutional Lending Exchange (iLex), Secures Seed Funding, Signs MoU with IHS Markit

Singapore-based Institutional Lending Exchange (iLex), a Fintech firm focused on developing a multilateral digital or e-market platform that will support the deal flow and liquidity opportunities for loan market participants, has reportedly finalized its seed funding round. The amount raised has not been disclosed. Investors… Read More

Crypto.com Rolls Out Infrastructure Updates to Cryptocurrency Exchange

Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency platform Crypto.com announced On Thursday it has rolled out significant infrastructure upgrades to its Exchange, including a revamped Matching Engine, OMS (Order Management System), and unified REST and Websocket API. According to Crypto.com, the update will lead to a ten times increase… Read More

Digital Asset Derivatives Trading Platform Delta Exchange Launches Options Trading on Altcoins

Delta Exchange, a digital asset derivatives exchange that’s based in Singapore, announced on Thursday the launch of Options trading on leading altcoins Binance Coin, BNB, and Chainlink’s LINK token with XTZ, ATOM, XRP, LTC to follow soon. Delta Exchange reported that MOVE Options on LINK… Read More

Members Only Exchange, Hg Exchange, Accepted into Monetary Authority of Singapore Fintech Sandbox. Utilizes Zilliqa Blockchain Tech

A new private securities exchange, Hg Exchange, has joined the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) Fintech Sandbox. Hg Exchange’s tenure at the Fintech Sandbox begins on June 22, 2020, and is scheduled to last until December of this year. Hg Exchange will offer 24/7 trading… Read More

Robocash Initiates Pre-IPO Funding Round to Help Launch a Digital Bank in the Philippines, Also Preparing for $100 Million IPO in December 2020

The Robocash Group, a multinational financial group that offers consumer alternative lending and marketplace funding in European and Asian markets, has reportedly initiated a pre-IPO funding round to help finance the planned launch of its digital bank in the Philippines. Founded in 2013 in Russia… Read More

Investors’ Continued Interest in Digital Banks “Offers Optimism” as APAC Region to Open Banking Sector to Technology Firms: Report

Asia’s Fintech industry has been negatively affected due to socio-economic challenges resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. There’s reportedly been a significant decline in the number of financial technology deals closed. The amount of venture capital acquired by Fintechs in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region dropped 58.5%… Read More

Binance Joins the Internet and Mobile Association of India, Prepares for More Global Expansion with Planned UK Launch, Becomes Largest Bitcoin SV Miner

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange that has successfully branched out into digital assets lending, staking, and many other initiatives, has joined the crypto-asset exchange committee at the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), which is the leading trade body of digital businesses based… Read More

Wealthtech: Asian Relationship Managers Don’t have Appropriate Tools or Time to Improve the Client Experience, a New Report Reveals

  Wealth Dynamix, a digital Client Lifecycle Management (CLM) solution that aims to address the requirements of client acquisition and engagement, digital onboarding, regulatory compliance, and relationship management for wealth managers, has published a new report. The report highlights the opportunities and challenges that relationship… Read More

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