Fintech news, updates and fund raise announcements from Asia for the week ending 18th Sept, 2021
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🦉🏆 Tweets of the Week
Krishna Hegde @PositiveGammaBajaj Finance Rajeev Jain on competition from fintechs - "Show me a $1bn balance sheet fintech. There are none. There may be $1bn valuation fintech - but not $1bn balance sheet"
📰 Market Updates
India and Singapore will link their instant bank transfer payment systems UPI and PayNow to enable instant cross border remittance.
CoinSwitch Kuber, an Indian crypto exchange, is expected to raise funds from a16z (its first in India) and others at a valuation of $ 2bn
SBI’s Global Deputy CTO Amit Saxena joined RBI Innovation Hub as CTO.
Invesco Mutual Fund filed documents with SEBI (securities regulator) for blockchain fund.
The Indian Finance Ministry announced $ 4.2bn guaranteed support for the National Asset Reconstruction Company (NARCL) or bad bank.
Indian stocks listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange crossed $ 3.54tn in valuation and is the 5th largest globally.
White Oak Capital received approval from SEBI (securities regulator) to acquire YES Mutual Fund.
M2P/YAP claimed to process 13mm credit card transactions in Aug-21 representing 7-8% of overall CC market.
🚀 Product Launches
OneCard partnered with PineLabs to enable EMI option at POS for OneCard's customers.
Razorpay launched Address Verification System (AVS) for cross border payments, first Indian payment gateway to launch this feature.
Tata Capital launched digital loans against mutual fund investments.
📝 Regulatory Updates:
RBI (central bank): Sandbox cohorts. Allowed non-bank regulated entities to apply for Aadhaar e-KYC license. Announced the acceptance of 8 participants, including Open and Cashfree, in the cross border payments sandbox. Opened applications for its third regulatory sandbox cohort for SMB lending.
💰 Financing Announcements
Bright Money, an AI-powered wealth management startup, raised $ 31mm.
Livquik, a payment platform, raised $4mm in strategic funding from M2P (YAP).
Paytail, a BNPL startup, raised $ 1.5mm.
Jupiter, a neobank, raised additional funding from QED.
Easiloans, a home finance startup, raised $ 1.1mm.
4Fin, a loan distribution startup, raised $ 1.1mm.
📰 Market Updates
Chinese regulators are formalising a plan to split Alipay to have a separate app for loans.
DBS partnered with SWIFT Network to launch cross border payment tracking.
MAS Singapore and SEC Thailand launched Depository Receipt linkages to increase cross border investment in stocks between the two countries.
Tazapay, a cross-border trade digital escrow startup, launched escrow-as-a-service (EaaS) in partnership with eight global B2B marketplaces.
Indonesian tech execs met with parliament to discuss e-commerce, data security, and tech sector maturation.
💰 Financing Announcements
Xendit, an Indonesian payments startup, raised $ 150mm at a unicorn valuation.
Pine Labs, a South and South East Asian payments company, raised $ 100mm in its pre-IPO round.
Pluang, an Indonesian wealth management app, raised $ 35mm.
Bluesheets, a Singaporean bookkeeping startup, raised $ 1.5mm.
Rey Assurance, an Indonesian health insurance startup, raised $ 1mm.
Vida, Indonesian digital identity startup, raised an undisclosed amount.
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