Asia

Regtech Trulioo Expands International Presence to Singapore

Trulioo, a global identity verification company, has expanded to Singapore in response to growing customer demand in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. The move allows Trulioo “to directly serve its extensive and expanding enterprise-level APAC customer base.” Steve Munford, CEO of Trulioo, said: “As businesses in… Read More

Samsung India, Axis Bank Introduce Co-branded Credit Card

Samsung, which claims to be India’s largest consumer electronics company, and Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector bank, have partnered “to launch an exclusive co- branded credit card, powered by Visa.” With the Samsung Axis Bank Credit Card, consumers will “get 10% cashback across… Read More

Grab Targets Group Adjusted EBITDA Breakeven by H2 2024 as it Focuses on Profitability

Grab Holdings Limited (NASDAQ: GRAB) announced at its first Investor Day that it is targeting to achieve breakeven on a Group Adjusted EBITDA basis “by the second half of 2024, as it accelerates its path to profitability.” For the second half of 2022, Group Adjusted… Read More

DBS Introduces Crypto Trading Function for Accredited Wealth Clients

DBS (SGX:D05) recently announced that it has rolled out self-directed crypto trading via DBS digibank, enabling wealth clients who are accredited investors “to trade cryptocurrencies on DDEx at their convenience.” This latest move “provides more seamless and hassle-free access to DDEx, one of the world’s… Read More

TokenScript Raises $6 Million at $200 Million Valuation, Big Names Back Tokenization Framework

TokenScript, a project created by  Smart Token Labs, is reporting a funding round of $6 million at a pre-money valuation of $200 million, according to a company statement. TokenSoft is raising the growth capital in a SAFT that has the support of some well-known names,… Read More

CBDCs: Iran Begins Pilot Launch of Crypto-Rial

The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) said this past Wednesday that it will “begin the pilot launch of crypto-rial as the bank’s digital currency as of Thursday.” The CBI has said that “the aim of designing the crypto-rial is to turn banknotes into a programmable… Read More

Everimpact, STACS to Bring Transparency to Carbon Credits Market

Everimpact are partnering with STACS, a Singapore-based ESG fintech “to provide banks and corporates involved in the carbon market with greater trust and transparency.” Their partnership will “promote data-backed carbon credits with end-to-end traceability.” In the first phase of the project, Everimpact’s Digital carbon tracking… Read More

Malaysia: CIMB Group Increases Sustainable Finance Target to RM60 Billion by 2024

CIMB Group Holdings Berhad strengthened its sustainability commitment by doubling its sustainable finance target to RM60 billion by 2024 “under the Group’s Green, Social, Sustainable Impact Products and Services (GSSIPS) Framework.” The increased target was announced during the opening of CIMB’s flagship The Cooler Earth… Read More

Southeast Asia’s Superapp Grab Appoints Suthen Thomas Paradatheth as Group CTO

Grab Holdings Limited (NASDAQ: GRAB), Southeast Asia’s superapp, announced that it has promoted Suthen Thomas Paradatheth to Group Chief Technology Officer (GCTO), “effective October 1, 2022.” As Grab’s GCTO, Suthen will be “responsible for driving Grab’s technology vision, strategy and execution across its Deliveries, Mobility,… Read More

Allianz Malaysia Joins Gobi Partners’ SuperSeed II Fund

Pan-Asian venture capital firm Gobi Partners announced the closing of its $10 million Gobi SuperSeed II (Gobi SSII) Fund “following the participation of Allianz Malaysia Berhad (Allianz Malaysia) as a Limited Partner (LP).” Other LPs backing the Gobi SSII Fund “are institutional investors Malaysia Venture… Read More

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Posts Information on “Pilot Scheme on Training Subsidy for Fintech Practitioners”

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has posted details of its “Pilot Scheme on Training Subsidy for Fintech Practitioners.” Hong Kong has long been a top global financial center so the pursuit of FIntech innovation makes a lot of sense. Recently, one measure indicated that… Read More

128 Indian Startups Raise $995M+ VC Funding in August 2022: Report

Amid the funding winter, 128 Indian startups have managed to “raise $995.1 million in August 2022, which is a 9.7% growth compared to the previous month,” reveals GlobalData, a data and analytics company. Aurojyoti Bose, Lead Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Although the total VC funding… Read More

Crypto Tax Reporting App Binocs Secures $4M via Seed Round

Over 300 million people around the world have crypto assets in their investment portfolio, “a number that is set to double by 2025,” according to an update shared with CI. Helping them stay on top of their regulatory responsibilities, crypto tax reporting app Binocs is… Read More

Newgen Introduces Low Code Trade Finance Solution for Banking Institutions

Newgen Software, a global provider of digital transformation products, has introduced what it claims to be the first low code trade finance platform at the recent customer meet in Mumbai, India. Trade finance is a fairly complex process as it involves a lot of paperwork,… Read More

Binance Obtains MVP License from Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority

Binance, the global blockchain services provider, has received the Minimal Viable Product (MVP) license from Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA), following the issuance of its provisional license in March 2022. The MVP license “means that Binance can offer an approved range of virtual asset-related… Read More

P2P Lending Is Quite Widespread, But Can Grow Further Across Global Financial Markets: Report

The population’s need for affordable non-bank loans due to a low credit rating or its absence, difficulties with the registration process, etc. could be “the main driver of the American P2P market,” according to an update from Robo.cash. The national specifics are also very clearly… Read More

Saudi Central Bank Issues Payment Licenses to Arab Sea Financial Company, Fatoraah

The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) announces the licensing of two payment financial technology companies, including: Arab Sea Financial Company and Fatoraah in order to provide Payment services for e-commerce. This brings the total number of payment companies licensed by SAMA “to 21 companies, in addition… Read More

Singapore: MAS, IFSCA to Pursue Cross-Border Fintech Innovations

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) signed a Fintech Co-operation Agreement (CA) in order “to facilitate regulatory collaboration and partnership in FinTech.” The CA will promote the following: Regulatory Sandbox Collaboration – MAS and IFSCA will “leverage… Read More

UOB Malaysia, SJPP to Offer RM1B U-Green Financing

UOB Malaysia is teaming up with Syarikat Jaminan Pembiayaan Perniagaan Malaysia (SJPP) in order to introduce the U-Green Financing program, which will aim to support SMEs in prioritizing sustainability. The banking institution has reportedly allocated RM 1 billion for this initiative, and SJPP will be… Read More

Card Payments in Taiwan to Increase by 6.2% in 2022: Report

The Taiwanese card payments market will “grow by 6.2% in 2022 to reach TWD3.5 trillion ($127.5 billion), as the country’s economy gradually recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic,” forecasts GlobalData, a data and analytics company. According to GlobalData’s Payment Cards Analytics, the value of card payments… Read More

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