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France-based Mobile Payments Firm Lydia Secures $44.6 Million in Funding from Tencent, Open CNP, XAnge, New Alpha

Lydia, a France-based mobile payments firm, has acquired €40 million (appr. $44.6 million) in funding via a Series B investment round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent. Open CNP, XAnge and New Alpha also took part in the round. Established in 2013, the Lydia peer-to-peer… Read More

Fintech October Reflects on Past 12 Months Performance as Loan Originations Accelerate

October, a leading European online lender, recently published a blog post reviewing last years’ performance. While October was not the first marketplace lender out of the gate in continental Europe it has emerged as one of the leaders. According to the October website, since platform… Read More

European Digital Bank Qonto Expands to Germany, Also Serving France, Italy, and Spain

Qonto, a neo-bank for business account holders that was established in France in 2017, has expanded its operations into Germany, Italy, and Spain. Notably, Qonto was the recipient of the first investment by billionaire Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures in France during its Series A funding… Read More

France’s Alternative Finance and Fintech Leaders Take Stock of a Successful 2019

The French community of Fintech startups gathered at the annual dinner of the France Fintech Association to review the achievements of the past year and celebrate the holiday season. Crowdfund Insider took the opportunity to ask leading executives in Fintech and alternative finance to take… Read More

French Fintech Firms Secured $700 Million in Capital in 2019, According to a New Study

Fintech startups Spendesk, Wynd, and Lunchr conducted some of the largest fundraising rounds in France in 2019. A study by “Observatoire de la Fintech” reveals that these financial technology companies secured a total of $700 million (appr. €625 million) in capital. Mikaël Ptachek, head of… Read More

France: Autorité des Marché Financiers Approves First Utility Initial Coin Offering

The French Autorité des Marché Financiers (AMF) has qualified its first “Visa” for an issuer seeking to promote and pursue and an initial coin offering (ICO). Updated rules regarding utility type tokens were recently approved under the Loi Pacte (Pacte Law) – an act of… Read More

France’s Banking Challenger Orange Bank Extends Its Patnership with Wirecard to Support Google Pay Transactions in France

Germany-headquartered Wirecard, a payments platform, and France’s Orange Bank, a challenger bank, announced on December 11 that they’re extending their existing business relationship to allow Android users in France to make payments through Google Pay. Orange Bank claims that 17% of all mobile payments in… Read More

So Far, Not a Single ICO has been White-Listed by the Autorite des Marches in France

The “Loi Pacte” was approved by the French government earlier this year. the new law included multiple policy moves designed to improve the overall competitiveness of the French economy. As part of the legislation, France created bespoke rules for initial coin offerings. Under French law,… Read More

Online Lender October Signs United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Investing

October, a European marketplace lending platform for SMEs has signed the United Nation’s “Principles for Responsible Investing.” October claims to be one of the first online lenders to agree to the “UN PRI.” The UN PRI defines responsible investment as a “strategy and practice to… Read More

Report: the Banque of France will Begin Testing a Central Bank Digital Currency in 2020

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The Banque of France will begin testing a Central Bank Digital Currency (or CBDC) in 2020, according to a report in Les Echos – the leading business publication of France. Quoting François Villeroy de Galhau, the Governor of the Banque of France, who was speaking… Read More

Pixpay Aims to Allow Anyone At Least 10 Years Old to Open an Account, Use Debit Cards, and Manage Money

Paris-based Pixpay, a company (launched in January 2019) that aims to replace cash when parents give pocket money to their children, allows anyone at least 10 years old to open a Pixpay account, acquire a debit card, and start managing their allowance money. Although challenger… Read More

Pan-European Consumer Lending Platform Younited Credit Launches Dedicated B2B Business Unit

Younited Credit, the consumer lending platform with a presence in six European countries, announced the launch of a new business unit dedicated to its BtoB offering, Younited Business Solutions. Younited Business Solutions is targeting banks, insurers, mobile operators, merchant sites, and payment service providers. It… 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

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

The Financial Stability Board Met in Paris to Discuss Issues Facing Global Financial Industry Including Fintech

The Financial Stability Board (FSB), an international organization that monitors and makes recommendations regarding the world’s financial system, recently met in Paris in order to discuss key issues facing the global financial industry, including potential vulnerabilities, various Fintech developments, and the agency’s 2020 work program…. Read More

Smart Lenders AM Launches New Investment Fund Specialized in Marketplace Lending

Smart Lenders AM announces the upcoming launch of a new fund dedicated to financing loans to European SMEs issued through marketplace lending platforms (crowdlending). Smart Lenders AM is an asset management firm that specializes exclusively in financing loans issued by online marketplace lenders. Established in… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Boosts Fintech Cooperation with Canada, Tightens Relationship with Banque de France

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the leading financial regulator and central bank of Singapore, has announced renewed cooperation on Fintech with Canadian Securities Regulators while simultaneously announcing a tighter relationship with the Banque de France. The announcements were released during Singapore’s annual Fintech Week… Read More

Equisafe and Masteos Plan Rental Investment Platform Facilitated by Blockchain

Tokenization platform Equisafe and Masteos will soon launch a marketplace for pooling rental investments between individuals via the blockchain, according to a note from Equisafe. The platform named RENT was created by Equisafe and by Masteos, a consulting and rental property management company.  Equisafe explained… Read More

Crowdfunding Cap in France Officially Increased to €8 Million

Good news for investment crowdfunding platforms in France. Last week, it became official that the effective crowdfunding cap was increased from €2.5 million to €8 million (~$8.9  million). The change came with the finalization of Decree No. 2019-1097.     The Decree was part of the Loi… Read More

Neo Investment Bank Equisafe Updates on First STO AnnA, Plans 15 Security Tokens in the Next 9 Months

This past June, France saw its first security token offering based on a real estate transaction. The process was managed by Equisafe, a platform that describes itself as a “neo investment bank.” The digital securities raised €6.5 million. In a blog post from August, the… Read More

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