Tagged: asia

Alibaba Invests In Its First Fintech Company In Hong Kong

As reported by Forbes today, Alibaba has invested in online invoice exchange marketplace Qupital, marking the Chinese e-commerce giant’s first foray into fintech investment in Hong Kong. Qupital raised a total of $2 million in its seed round. Accounts Receivable Marketplace Qupital bills itself as Hong Kong’s… Read More

Sun Hung Kai Seeks to Expand its Investments to US $2 Billion Focusing on Fintech

According to an article in Bloomberg, Hong Kong-based financial investment and services firm, Sun Hung Kai & Co., intends to expand its principal investments portfolio to over US $2 billion with an emphasis on investing in fintech. The firm currently has about US $1.4 billion… Read More

China Rapid Finance Unveils Full Exercise of Underwriters’ Option For the Purchase of Additional ADSs

On Thursday, peer-to-peer lender China Rapid Finance (NYSE: XRF) that the underwriters of its previously announced initial public offering (IPO) have exercised in full the option to purchase an additional 1.5 million American depositary shares (“ADSs”) from China Rapid Finance to cover over-allotments. According to… Read More

China Rapid Finance Announces IPO Pricing of 10 Million American Depositary Shares

Peer-to-peer lender China Rapid Finance announced on Friday the pricing of its initial public offering (IPO) for 10 million American depositary shares (ADS). The company revealed each ADS was priced at $6.00,  with a total offering size of US$60 million. According to the Asian online lender, each… Read More

Humaniq Forms New Cryptocurrency Partnership With BOScoin

Blockchain tech company, Humaniq, announced on Tuesday it has officially formed a new cryptocurrency partnership with BOScoin. with South Korean cryptocurrency platform, BOScoin. The partnership will allow both companies to share strategy resources in technology while BOScoin will support Humaniq’s Asia expansion and Humaniq will support BOScoin’s… Read More

Pi Capital Named Financial Advisor & Placement Agent to Money360 For $250 Million South Korean Financing Vehicle

On Tuesday, Pi Capital announced it was named financial advisor and placement agent to Money360 for its $250 million South Korean financing vehicle, which designed to allow the online lender to employ funding as it provides commercial real estate loans to its U.S. client base. Steve Carlson,… 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

Tradeshift Forms Partnership With CreditEase to Launch Trade Financing App That Will Bring Low-Cost Financing to Chinese Businesses

Business commerce platform Tradeshift announced on Wednesday it has partnered with Chinese peer-to-peer lender CreditEase to launch a trade financing app, which is aiming to bring low-cost financing to millions of businesses in China. According to Tradeshift, the goal of this partnership is to help solve… Read More

Yirendai Announces Agreement of Intent on Performance Bond With PICC P&C

Chinese marketplace lending platform Yirendai (NYSE: YRD) announced on Thursday it has entered into an agreement of intent with the Beijing branch of PICC Property and Casualty Company Limited (PICC P&C). Yirendai reported that under this new agreement, PICC P&C would provide Yirendai with a… Read More

FundedHere Set to Open Licensed Crowdfunding Platform to Mass Affluent Investors; Announces Malaysia & Indonesia Expansions

FundedHere announced on Tuesday it is opening its crowdfunding platform to mass affluent investors in Singapore while planning to expand into Malaysia and Indonesia. According to FundedHere, it will begin offering crowdfunded equity or lending opportunities to private investors other than accredited investors, which are defined as individuals… Read More

WorldRemit Announces Asia Expansion: Launches Online Money Transfers in Japan

WorldRemit, announced on Monday it is launching its online money transfer services in Japan. This news comes less than a week after the company announced its launch in Hawaii and customers in Japan will now be able to send money to family and friends worldwide, using… Read More

Malaysian Fintech Company Jirnexu Secures $1.5 Million During Series A Funding Round Led By Existing Investor DMP

Jirnexu, a Malaysia-based fintech startup, announced this week it has secured $1.5 million during its Series A funding round, which was led by existing investor DMP with participation from Gobi Partners and OSK Ventures International Board. The company stated that it enables banks, insurance companies,… Read More

State Bank of Vietnam Creates Steering Committee on Fintech

Last Friday, the Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) signed Decision No.328/QĐ-NHNN to establish SBV Steering Committee on Fintech. According to the bank, the Steering Committee on Fintech will be led by Deputy Governor Nguyen Kim Anh and Deputy Director of SBV Payment… Read More

IBM Launches New Developer Tools for Financial Services & Announces Monetary Authority of Singapore Supported Fintech Hub

On Monday, IBM announced the launch of its new developer tools specifically for financial services, which is known as the IBM Cloud for Financial Services. The new tools will notably offer the “essential building blocks” for financial services app creations. IBM reported that over 100,000… Read More

China Rapid Finance CEO Reports: China Consumer Finance Challenge Needs High-Tech Solution

Dr. Zhengyu (Zane) Wang, founder, chairman and CEO of China Rapid Finance Limited, revealed at the 2017 LendIt USA 2017 conference the challenges to expanding consumer finance in China’s population. According to Wang, the country has emerged from being a market that in 2000 featured… Read More

Asian B2B Robo-Advisor Bambu Updates on One Year Anniversary

Bambu, the Singapore-based Robo-Advisory platform, has provided an update on their one year anniversary. Bambu is a Fintech firm that provides a white label platform for investment managers to provide a robust array of online advisory services for desktops and mobile devices. During the first year… Read More

Report: Majority of China P2P Lenders Could Fail in 2017

China is the largest market in the world when it comes to peer to peer lending. The Chinese online lending market has also earned a reputation for fraud and a wild-west type environment as many platforms operate with little regulatory oversight. But this is changing… Read More

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Monash Business School & Tsinghua University, Join on 2016 – 2017 Asia Pacific Alternative Finance Industry Study

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at University of Cambridge Judge Business School, Australian Centre for Financial Studies at Monash University and Tsinghua University Graduate School at Shenzhen have teamed up to launch the 2016-2017 Asia-Pacific Region Alternative Finance Industry Survey.  The consortium has gained the… Read More

Standard Chartered Announces Open Banking API Developer Portal Launch

Standard Chartered announced last week it has launched its Open Banking Application Programming Interface (API) Developer Portal. The company stated that the launch of the portal will enable the Bank to further its digitization agenda and increase collaboration with a wide spectrum of partners including corporates,… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Relaxes Some Rules to Improve Financing of SMEs

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced regulatory changes to boost the resilience of finance companies and enhance their ability to provide financing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The financial regulator said that some finance companies fill an important niche in providing access… Read More