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Fintech Firm Islamic Finance Initiation Network Introduces Operations in Oman After Partnering Alizz Islamic Bank

IFIN (Islamic Finance Initiation Network), the Islamic Fintech firm, has introduced its operations in the Sultanate of Oman by teaming up with Alizz Islamic Bank and Danube Home. Bahrain-based IFIN, a company that digitally connects Islamic finance service providers to retail outlets, aims to offer… Read More

SoftBank Turns SE’s Auto Marketplace Carro into Unicorn with $360 Million Funding

South-East Asia’s largest automotive marketplace Carro is the newest Unicorn in the region. A full-stack service for all aspects of car ownership, Carro has raised USD $360 million in a Series C funding round led by SoftBank Vision Fund.  Indonesian fund EV Growth and insurance… Read More

Nomura has Chosen Refinitv, a Financial Market Solution Provider, to Support Wealth Management in Singapore, Hong Kong

Nomura has reportedly chosen Refintiv, a multinational provider of financial market data and infrastructure, in order to leverage the Fintech firm’s wealth management solutions across Hong Kong and Singapore. The Refinitiv Workspace for Wealth Advisors will be used as the main platform to provide up-to-date… Read More

Digital Asset and Fintech focused BC Technology Group Receives $70M Investment from Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund

BC Technology Group, a digital asset and Fintech-focused firm as well as the parent of OSL, has acquired a $70 million (appr. HKD 543.19 million) investment from Singapore’s GIC, the city-state’s sovereign wealth fund. BC Technology Group says it’s planning to further develop and improve… Read More

India’s Major Fintech Paytm Looking to Strengthen its PG Biz via Acquisition

Alibaba-backed Indian major Fintech major Paytm is reported to be in talks with a few domestic payment gateways for a possible acquisition as it firms up its strategy to go public this year. Paytm, owned by financial services firm One97, plans a $3 billion initial… Read More

Quant Trading Platform SIGTech Selected by Taiwan’s MasterLink Securities, A Major Securities Dealer

Quant trading platform SIGTech has been selected by MasterLink Securities, one of Taiwan’s largest securities dealers, according to a release shared with Crowdfund Insider. As mentioned in the announcement, SIGTech, the provider of quant trading tech for international investment managers, has secured a contract from… Read More

Fintech Ecosystem in Egypt being Supported by Strong MENA Region VC Investments, but Well Behind Global Standards: Report

Egypt’s venture capital investment ecosystem has become one of the most fast-evolving markets in the MENA region. It’s been expanding at a 100% CAGR during the last 5 years, according to the 2020 Egypt Venture Investment Report released by Magnitt in collaboration with Egypt’s IT… Read More

Digital Money Firm Merchantrade Asia Partners LintraMax to Offer Digitized Payroll to Malaysian Plantation Workers

Earlier this week, Merchantrade Asia, a digital money services business operator and e-money issuer, teamed up with palm plantation management services provider LintraMax in order to digitize the payroll system for underserved plantations workers in Malaysia. Through the partnership, Merchantrade Asia and LintraMax plan to… Read More

Insurtech: Malaysia’s myTukar, a Car Purchasing, Selling Service Partners PolicyStreet.com to Offer Insurance for Pre-Owned Cars

Malaysia-based myTukar, a pre-owned car purchasing and selling platform, has teamed up with Insurtech company PolicyStreet.com in order to provide insurance policies for pre-owned automobile purchases. Through the partnership, myTukar’s wholesale and retail clients may get timely insurance quotations along with convenient access to most… Read More

Digital Banking: Line Introduces Virtual Bank Platform via Partnership with PT Bank KEB Hana Indonesia

Line has reportedly introduced its third digital banking platform in Southeast Asia through a partnership with PT Bank KEB Hana Indonesia. The introduction of the smartphone-only bank in Indonesia has come after similar launches in Taiwan and Thailand. The partnership between Line and Hana Bank… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

National Internet Finance Association of China: Standardized Cosmetic Surgery-Related Financial Products and Services The past few years have seen the rapid development of cosmetic surgery in China. In order to better serve their customers, some financial institutions have cooperated with third-party cosmetic surgery agencies to… Read More

Bitcoin Mining in Iran Banned for 4 Months, Hundreds of Unregistered BTC Miners Seized by Government: Report

Zack Voell, a cryptocurrency mining specialist, writes in a blog post published by Compass that Iran has banned Bitcoin mining for four months in the country’s most recent “legal pivot” away from the “begrudged but enduring segment of miners” operating in the country. Voell points… Read More

Chamber of Digital Commerce Welcomes Zilliqa and Newly Formed Zilliqa Capital as New Members

Singapore-based Zilliqa Research Pte. Ltd., the “high” security, high speed, and low fee Layer 1 blockchain protocol firm, and its sister company Zilliqa Capital Pte. Ltd, the tech firm whose goal is to become the “central business and investment hub” for Zilliqa, recently announced that… Read More

UEFA EURO Gets the Blockchain Treatment Through Ant Deal

This year’s UEFA EURO extravaganza will have a distinct blockchain influence for the first time. Ant Group’s blockchain arm AntChain has signed a five-year agreement with the football body which will see it become the official blockchain partner of UEFA EURO 2020 and UEFA national… Read More

Osome, an Accounting and Regtech Super App for SMEs, Secures $16M via Series A

Osome, a three-year-old Super App that digitizes accounting and compliance services for small businesses, has secured $16 million through a Series A round that received contributions from a group of investors including Target Global, AltaIR Capital, Phystech Ventures, S16VC, and Peng T. Ong (who joined… Read More

Innovation and Ventures Division at Standard Chartered and Franklin Templeton Introduce Wealth, Health, Lifestyle Platform

The innovation and ventures division at Standard Chartered (LON: STAN) has teamed up with fund manager Franklin Templeton in order to introduce a “wealth, health and lifestyle” consumer platform for Singapore residents. Excited to announce our partnership with @FTI_Global to launch Autumn in SG, a… Read More

GrabPay, the In-App Digital Wallet of Super App Grab, Introduces DuitNow QR Feature in Malaysia

GrabPay, the in-app wallet of Super app Grab, recently announced that it has introduced the GrabPay DuitNow QR feature across Malaysia. The GrabPay digital wallet was reportedly the first in Malaysia to sign-up with PayNet and offer this feature which is now available across the… Read More

Southeast Asia’s Funding Societies, an Online Capital Formation Platform, Partners with Foodpanda, Helps Disburse RM1 Million in Financing

Southeast Asia-based Funding Societies, an established digital financing platform, has teamed up with Foodpanda in order to provide short-term online financing services for registered merchants (via Foodpanda’s network). Through the partnership, the companies have collectively disbursed RM1 million (appr. $240,000) in financing, which enables local… Read More

Singapore Fintech BondEvalue Acquires $6M via Series A from Citigroup, MassMutual Ventures SE Asia, Others

Singapore-headquartered Fintech firm BondEvalue has secured $6 million in capital through its Series A round. The company has raised $10 million in total (to date). MassMutual Ventures Southeast Asia and Citigroup were the new investors in BondEvalue’s latest investment round and are now expected to… Read More

Singapore Fintech MatchMove Receives $100M Investment from IT Services Firm Nityo Infotech

IT services firm Nityo Infotech has reportedly invested $100 million in Singapore-based Fintech company MatchMove Pay in exchange for an equity stake. Nityo is now the largest shareholder in MatchMove. Nityo‘s management noted that they value the company at $500 million pre-money and $600 million… Read More

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