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Asian Merchant Commerce Platform Pine Labs Acquires Additional Funding, Now Valued at $3B

Mastercard-backed Pine Labs, an Indian merchant commerce service provider, has finalized the first close of $285 million in funding at a $3 billion valuation. Pine Labs provides payment terminals, invoicing tools, and working capital to over 150,000 merchants in the Middle East and other regions… Read More

Digital Onboarding Introduced by Land Bank of the Philippines, Clients May Open Savings Accounts Online without Visiting a Bank Branch

The Land Bank of the Philippines has introduced its digital onboarding platform for its clients so they can easily open up a savings account without being required to visit a physical bank location. The State-managed banking institution unveiled its digital onboarding system, called DOBS Mobile,… Read More

Fintech Aspire Reports Reaching $1 Billion in Yearly Transactions Just a Year After Launch

Y-Combinator-backed Fintech firm Aspire has reportedly managed to reach $1 billion in annualized transaction volumes in just a year since the introduction of its business accounts (in May 2020). Aspire also revealed that it will be offering a new Bill Pay feature, which will be… Read More

Australian BNPL Firm Zip Receives Strategic Investment in TendoPay, a Pay Over Time Fintech in the Philippines

Australia-based Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) Fintech firm Zip Co has reportedly decided to expand its global operations. Zip has received a strategic investment in TendoPay, a BNPL service provider operating in the Philippines. This latest investment marks Zip’s initial steps into Southeast Asia, which… Read More

Global Fintech Hackcelerator, the 6th Edition, Launched by Monetary Authority of Singapore

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the central bank and financial regulatory authority of Singapore revealed on May 6, 2021 that it has introduced the sixth edition of the Global Fintech Hackcelerator, with the theme “Harnessing Technology to Power Green Finance.” As mentioned in the… Read More

Philippines based Mobile Wallet PayMaya Becomes First Fintech to Use QR Ph for Transactions

PayMaya, a mobile wallet that’s operating under the purview of PLDT, has reportedly become the first Fintech firm to start using QR Ph for merchants. QR Ph was introduced by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the nation’s central bank, with assistance from BancNet and… Read More

GHL Systems to Offer Flexible Payment Options in ASEAN Region with Visa Instalments

GHL Systems has teamed up with payments giant Visa (NYSE:V) in order to become the first in the ASEAN region to offer Visa Instalments for customers using the eGHL Payment Gateway platform. Visa Instalments works by turning pre-approved issuer credit lines into installment payment options… Read More

Digital Transformation: 68% of Singapore Consumers Prefer All-Digital Channels when Engaging with their Bank during Financial Hardship

During the past year, firms have been focused on accelerating their digital transformation strategies in order to maintain operations in a post-COVID environment. Their investments in digital technology have been essential to retaining business and clients. Companies now require the tools to conduct business remotely,… Read More

Global Payments Fintech Adyen Acquires Approval from MAS to Perform Merchant Acquistion Services in Singapore

Adyen (AMS: ADYEN), a global payments solution provider, reveals that its Singapore-based business entity has managed to acquire approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The permit will allow Adyen to perform merchant acquisition services under the Payment Services Act 2019 (PSA). Effective from… Read More

Indonesian P2P Lender Amartha Acquires $28M in Capital from Women’s World Banking Capital Partners II, MDI Ventures

Indonesian peer to peer lender Amartha has acquired $28 million (appr. IDR 405 billion) in capital from Women’s World Banking Capital Partners II (WWB) and MDI Ventures. Amartha‘s round also received contributions from existing investors Mandiri Capital Indonesia and UOB Venture Management. WWB Capital Partners… Read More

Indonesia based Bibit, a Digital Investment App Provider, Secures $65M via Round led by Sequoia Capital India

Indonesia-based Bibit.id, a digital investment app provider, has reportedly secured $65 million in capital via a round led by Sequoia Capital India. Bibit’s investment round was also joined by Prosus Ventures, Tencent and Harvard Management Company. Existing investors AC Ventures and East Ventures also took… Read More

Short-Term Debt Instrument Issued as Digital Securities by iSTOX and CGS-CIMB Securities International

CGS-CIMB Securities International, an integrated financial service provider based in Asia, and digital securities platform iSTOX have reportedly issued a short-term debt instrument as digital securities. The SGD 150-million (appr. $112-million) multi-tranche commercial paper will be used to cover operational costs and near-term obligations of… Read More

Bhavik Vasa: CEO at Asian Revenue-based Financing Fintech GetVantage Says Startups Should Focus on Sustainable Growth

We recently caught up with Bhavik Vasa, founder and CEO at GetVantage, which is India and Southeast Asia’s first revenue-based financing Fintech platform. Vasa talked about the different challenges entrepreneurs face as they work on developing new products and services. Vasa explained how GetVantage‘s unique… Read More

Malaysia Co-Investment Fund Makes RM165 Million Investment in Over 5,300 Equity Crowdfunding, P2P Initiatives

The Malaysia Co-Investment Fund (MyCIF) has reportedly made a co-investment of RM165 million (appr. $40.27 million) in 5,349 equity crowdfunding and peer-to-peer financing (P2P) initiatives, which aims to benefit 1,197 Malaysian MSMEs by the end of last year. Since its October 2019 launch, these Malaysia-based… Read More

Malaysian Fintech MyMy Given Conditional Approval from Bank Negara as Company Prepares for Digital Wallet Launch

MyMy revealed on Monday (April 26, 2021) that it has obtained conditional approval for a large scheme E-money license from Bank Negara Malaysia, the nation’s central bank. The Fintech firm is now planning to launch its digital wallet services in the coming year. Until all… Read More

Southeast Asia’s StashAway, a Digital Wealth Manager, Is Raising $25M as Part of Series D from Sequoia Capital India, Others

Southeast Asia based StashAway, a digital wealth manager, is reportedly raising $25 million as part of its Series D funding round that is being led by VC firm Sequoia Capital India. StashAway’s current investors, Eight Roads Ventures, the international investment company supported by Fidelity International… Read More

UK’s Lendable Provides $15M Secured Loan to Uploan, a Philippines based Salary linked Financial Services Provider

Philippines-based Uploan, an established provider of salary-linked financial services, has reportedly acquired a senior secured loan of $15 million from UK’s Lendable, a provider of debt to Fintech firms in emerging or developing markets. The long-term facility should help Uploan with expanding its existing loan… Read More

DBS Bank and Contour to Expand Digital Trade Offerings in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore

DBS Bank and Contour have expanded their digital trade offerings to four new markets in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. As mentioned in a release, digital letter of credit capabilities will be offered in Australia, China, Hong Kong and Singapore starting this month. The announcement also… Read More

Malaysian Insurtech Fatberry Secures RM 2.5M or $600K via Pre-Series A Round led by Stockholm’s Abelco Investment Group

Malaysian Insurtech platform Fatberry has reportedly secured RM 2.5 million (appr. $600,000) through a pre-series A funding round. As noted by its management: “FatBerry is Malaysia’s most comprehensive online insurance portal. We allow you to compare and search for the best coverage plans quickly and… Read More

Swiss Wealth Management Group Julius Baer Introduces Digital Advisory Suite for Asian Markets

Swiss wealth management group Julius Baer has introduced its Digital Advisory Suite (DiAS) in Asian markets. The DIAS soluton aims to simplify the regulatory compliance process for relationship managers, allowing them to provide compliant advice to their customers. The suite serves as a “fully-integrated” solution…. Read More

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