Finch Capital acquires Open Banking players Qwist and ndgit
By Gloria Methri
Crastorehill, a company majority-owned by Finch Capital, has acquired two open banking players as part of its buy-and-build strategy. This move positions Crastorehill as the 100% shareholder of Qwist (formerly finleap connect) and ndgit, harnessing their complementary strengths to lead the way in the future of open banking.
Crastorehill’s strategy drives the rise of a second wave of value creation within the open banking market with the delivery and adoption of open banking-enabled use cases. The surge will be accelerated by the PSD3 regulation, an advancement of PSD2, which improves consumer protection and therefore heightens the ability to deliver innovative market offerings.
This proliferation of open banking-based products will deliver real consumer value and thereby create business value. Based on this outlook, Crastorehill has acquired two prominent players in the open banking field to leverage their combined strengths and reinforce their position in this burgeoning market.
Crastorehill will be managed by its newly announced CEO, Matt Colebourne. “Open standards, in almost any technological or regulated area, create the opportunity to solve previously insoluble problems, to do things faster, more easily and more cheaply. Much as the internet ushered in a previously inconceivable plethora of new ways to interact, transact, and research, the rise of open banking will enable new ways to assess risk, verify identity, understand macro-economic behaviour, and enable faster, easier interaction for consumers. I am excited to join Crastorehill at a time when we could lead this transformation and grow,” said Colebourne.
Oliver Dlugosch, CEO of ndgit, welcomed the synergies that emerge from operating under one umbrella, “The strength of having ndgit and Qwist within the same group and in one holding is a significant milestone. Together we are the foremost open banking player in the local market in terms of revenue and breadth of services. It enhances our market position and empowers us to offer a more comprehensive suite of services to our existing and potential customers.”
Nicola Breyer, CEO of Qwist said, “Our shift from finleap connect to Qwist as a high-quality open banking solutions provider has created a solid foundation for this promising partnership. Our wealth of experience as a regulated company with over 11 years of experience in the market will be of great value to the new collaboration, which will now enable us to offer the full value chain of services from API build and compliance to high-end data analytics. I am very much looking forward to continuing our journey with competent and influential partners and team members by our side.”
According to Finch Capital, this acquisition is just the beginning of shaping the future of open banking. Friso Roscam Abbing, Principal at Finch Capital said, “Challenging market conditions create opportunities, and we firmly believe that Open Banking, along with its potential to offer innovative solutions to the financial world, is here to stay. We are delighted with the acquisition of these two entities, each with its unique strengths, in a rapidly growing market. We remain committed to seeking further acquisitions in Crastorehill to enhance our product offerings and expand our presence in different regions.”
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