Tagged: South America

Fintech Adoption in Latin and South America Is on the Rise, with Mexico and Brazil Leading the Charge

Although Latin America (LatAm) may have introduced Fintech services after they had been established in more advanced economies like the US and in Europe, the region is growing fast because of the launch of several financial technology initiatives. While it may be difficult to accurately… Read More

Insurtech Trov Partners With P&C Insurer Seguros Sura Brazil to Bring On-Demand Insurance to Brazil

Trov, a U.S.-based insurtech company, announced earlier this week it has formed a new partnership with Seguros Sura Brazil, a Latin American P&C insurer, to bring on-demand insurance to Brazil.  Trov stated it has been working with Seguros Sura Brazil for the past several months… Read More

Argentina based Fintech Ohana to Launch Digital Wallet to Help Locals Pay for Daily Services via QR Codes, Send Money, Settle Taxes

Argentina-based Fintech firm Ohana (which means “family” in Hawaiian) has revealed that its digital wallet will allow users to pay for everyday goods and services, and taxes. The company’s electronic wallet may also be used to send money to friends and family members. There’s an… Read More

Brazil’s Largest Retailer Via Varejo Acquires Boston-based Fintech AirFox for Undisclosed Amount

Via Varejo, the largest retail company in Brazil, has confirmed that it will be acquiring AirFox, a US-based Fintech firm. The amount involved in the transaction has not been disclosed. AirFox will maintain its Boston head offices and will also operate as a Fintech “innovation… Read More

Brazilian Digital Wallet PicPay Surpasses 20 Million Downloads Sooner than Expected Due to COVID-19

Brazil-based online wallet provider PicPay recently revealed that it has surpassed 20 million clients as of May 2020. As reported by Reuters, the company said that it achieved the milestone sooner than it had initially expected. PicPay was aiming to hit the goal by December… Read More

Digital Banking: Argentinians are Increasingly Using Online and Mobile-based Apps for Everyday Transactions Due to COVID-19

In the South American country of Argentina, where most people prefer to make cash payments, a strict nationwide lockdown (due to COVID-19) has forced local consumers into considering digital banking and online payments options. Before the Coronavirus-related lockdown went into effect on March 20, 2020,… Read More

Venezuelan Digital Asset Exchange Criptolago Introduces Text Message-based Payment System to Conduct Cryptocurrency Transactions without Internet Connection

Venezuela-based digital currency exchange Criptolago has confirmed that it will introduce a text message-based payment platform that can handle transactions in Venezuela’s controversial (allegedly) oil-backed Petro (PTR) cryptocurrency and other major digital assets. The new payment system could potentially help Venezuela’s residents with transacting in … Read More

Brazil’s Financial Regulators are Working on a Blockchain or DLT-enabled Data-Sharing Platform to Conduct Background Checks on Politicians and Corporations

Four of Brazil’s financial regulatory agencies are working cooperatively to create a blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT)-enabled data-sharing platform, which will conduct background checks on the nation’s political representatives and private corporations. The platform, called PIER, was reportedly created by the country’s reserve bank,… Read More

Global Fintech as a Service Rapyd Partners With Dock & Banco Rendimento to Launch All-in-One Solution in Brazil

Rapyd, a global B2B Fintech as a Service provider, announced on Monday it has partnered with major Brazilian payment providers, including Dock, a banking as a service technology company, Banco Rendimento, and other local partners to support cash, bank transfers, e-wallets, bill payments, debit and… Read More

Online Travel Company Despegar Launches Co-Branded Credit Card in Brazil Through Partnership With Santander & Visa

Despegar (NYSE: DESP), an online travel company in Latin America, recently announced its Brazilian subsidiary Decolar launched a co-branded credit card in partnership with Visa Inc. and Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. for the Brazilian market. Despegar reported that a special feature of this new card… Read More

Brazilian Fintech IOUU, which Offers a P2P Lending Marketplace, Secures $1.3 Million in Funding

Brazilian Fintech firm IOUU, which offers a peer to peer (P2P) marketplace solution, has managed to secure funding from several venture capital firms. IOUU has acquired R$6 million (appr.$1.3 million) in funding from DOMO, which led the firm’s latest investment round. Indicator Capital and Devas… Read More

Burger King Venezuela Set to Accept Bitcoin Payments in 40 Restaurant Locations

Burger King in Venezuela will soon be allowing Bitcoin as a form of payment. According to Cointelegraph, a single Burger King branch, which is located in the Sambil area of Caracas, now accepts Bitcoin as well as altcoins Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Binance Coin (BNB),… Read More

Brazil’s Third Largest Bank, Banco de Brasil, Partners Fintech Firm Bom pra Crédito, a Platform that Compares Personal Credit Options

Banco de Brasil (BB), the third largest bank in Brazil, has teamed up with local Fintech firm Bom pra Crédito (BPC) (an acronym in Portuguese for “Good for Credit”). BPC provides a marketplace that displays and compares the different conditions for personal credit among 36… Read More

Brazilian Digital Brokerage & Wealth Management Company XP Closes Initial Public Offering After Issuing & Selling More Than 83 Million Class A Common Shares

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XP (Nasdaq: XP), a digital brokerage and wealth management company based in Brazil, announced on Friday it closed its initial public offering (IPO) of 83,387237 of its Class A common shares at a public offering price of $27 per share. XP reported that it issued and… Read More

Mexico-Based Challenger Bank albo Adds $19 Million Through Extended Series A Funding Round; Brings Total Amount to $26 Million

albo, a Mexico-based challenger bank that offers consumers digital accounts with prepaid Mastercards for receiving, transferring, and spending, announced on Thursday it raised an additional $19 million through its extended Series A funding round, bringing the total amount series through the investment round to $26… Read More

NovoPayment Expands Strategic Partnership With Visa in Latin America & the Caribbean

NovoPayment, an enabler of digital financial services for the Americas, announced on Tuesday it has expanded its strategic partnership with Visa in Latin America and the Caribbeans. Along with the partnership expansion, Visa has reportedly made a strategic investment in NovoPayment. NovoPayment reported that over… Read More

Mexican Challenger Bank Klar Secures $57.5 Million Through Latest Investment Rounds

Klar, a Mexico-based challenger bank, announced on Thursday it secured $7.5 million through its seed financing round. The company also reported that it raised an additional $50 million in debt funding. The latest seed round was led by Quona Capital, a fintech venture firm which leverages… Read More

Pundi X Teams Up With Traki to Enable Crypto Payments in Venezuela Stores

Singapore-based Pundi X announced on Thursday it is teaming up with department store chain Traki to enable crypto payments in its stores across Venezuela. Pundi X reported that through its software XPOS, Traki customers are able to use various cryptocurrencies as payment options for the… Read More

Mambu Signs First Brazilian Client Acesso

Mambu, a Berlin-based SaaS banking platform provider, recently announced it has formed it has signed its first Brazilian client, Acesso, a financial services company specializing in issuing and managing prepaid cards with a reputation for setting benchmarks in the country. Founded in 2010,  Acesso currently… Read More

BTG Pactual & Dalma Capital Set to Utilize Tezos For Security Token Offerings

Blockchain project Tezos Foundation announced last week that Banco BTG Pactual S.A., Latin America’s largest standalone investment bank, together with Dalma Capital, a prominent Dubai asset manager, will be using its platform for Security Token Offerings (STOs), including the ongoing REITBZ STO. Tezos reported that… Read More

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