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FinTech Europe | 2023 #27
Weekly news up to Tuesday, 4th of July 2023
Stablecoins may play a role in the future of finance, but absent robust regulatory frameworks, they will introduce significant risks.
The single most important force of innovation and value-creation in North American fintech over the last decade was integrated payments, specifically the embedding of payment acceptance and payment initiation into commerce and business management software.
Last week we saw 17 FinTech deals in Europe for a total of 103m€ raised with 4 deals in the UK🇬🇧, 3 in Spain🇪🇸, 2 in Italy🇮🇹, and 1 in Germany🇩🇪, Belgium🇧🇪, Austria🇦🇹, Czech Republic🇨🇿, Portugal🇵🇹, Denmark🇩🇰 and Switzerland🇨🇭.
👀 NEWS HIGHLIGHT
The introduction of Pay by Bank is a response to shifts in the payments market which created a growing need for a low-cost alternative to iDEAL. With Pay by Bank, Buckaroo offers an alternative payment method that speeds up the checkout process for webshops up to 25% without paying extra.
Open banking has been given a potential new set of rules after the European Commission today released its proposals to update the rules governing payments.
The revised Payment Services Directive proposal (which will replace PSD2 with PSD3) comes alongside the new Financial Data Access (FIDA) proposed rules as well as separate Payment Services Regulation (PSR).
The main institutional actors of the Fintech industry in Lithuania signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to confirm the National Fintech Guidelines for 2023-2028.
Miroslava Betinova, Head of FinTech at Griffin, speaks to Robin Amlôt of IBS Intelligence at Money 2020.
NOW, ON TO THE SUMMARY OF LAST WEEK'S NEWS
🌎 FINTECH HIGHLIGHTS
Aria is launching in the UK to help fix the late payments crisis. Aria aims to help workers and businesses in the UK with early payments and deferred payment options.
Flowie wants to make invoices flow freely. The company wants to facilitate money movements between companies.
Pleo is extending its partnership with open banking leader Yapily as it branches out further across Europe and adopts variable recurring payments (VRPs).
Shares, has announced it has become the first fintech in the country to secure both crypto registration (PSAN) and a stock trading licence as an investment company (PSI- Entreprise d’Investissement).
Royal assent makes the Financial Services and Markets Bill an Act, and includes measures to bring crypto and stablecoins into the scope of regulation.
BLOCKCHAIN / DEFI
Mastercard to continue crypto foray with beta launch of ‘blockchain app store’. The product was set to be launched as a beta in the United Kingdom.
Qover partners with Monzo to provide a simple, tailored travel insurance solution that can be accessed by Monzo Premium account holders in the UK through the Monzo app.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
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