Top 5 FinTech deals of December 2020 (UK & Europe version)
By Megha Bhattacharya
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the process of digitalisation for the financial services industry. Amidst the unprecedented market volatility, the industry’s appetite for digital technology has been on the rise. This is continuously being illustrated by some significant deals undertaken by FinTech companies.
Check out the top FinTech deals that took place in December 2020 (UK & Europe) :
California-based FinTech Plaid recently announced that it has teamed up with Curve in a bid to offer UK customers with a comprehensive knowledge of their finances, spending and ways to improve their overall financial wellbeing.
Plaid’s technology is expected to enable Curve’s customers to connect their payment accounts to UK-based financial institutions. The UK FinTech will also provide real-time account balances for every linked credit and debit card, which will automatically be refreshed upon signing into the app.
Curve consolidates users’ entire physical wallet (debit, credit and loyalty cards) into a smart card and app. It offers other benefits including spending notifications and categorisation, plus the ability to earn instant 1% cash back at the likes of Amazon, Uber, Netflix, Sainsbury’s, and Tesco.
Temenos announced that Alpian SA has selected its Temenos Transact, core banking and Temenos Payments delivered as SaaS for enhancing its digital private banking and wealth management services in Switzerland. According to Temenos, the SaaS technology will enable Alpian to launch its new bank and banking services focused on the mass affluent (those with investible assets of between CHF 100k – 1 million).
Alpian, with Temenos‘ technology, aims to offer stability, security and personal care of Swiss private banking to a wider spectrum of clients through an open and responsive state-of-the-art digital platform. Temenos Payments aims to reduce time to market for the digital bank’s payment services and allow it to offer secure traditional and instant payments compliant with the latest IS20022 and PSD2 regulations.
The collaboration will allow the bank’s customers to access and manage their money via a single multi-currency bank account for Swiss Francs and Euros.
Client Lifecycle Management solutions provider, Fenergo has announced that UK FinTech Ebury will be deploying the former’s CLM solution. Fenergo is expected to enable the FinTech to automate regulatory compliance and speed up client onboarding.
According to Fenergo, it will integrate with Ebury’s Salesforce CRM solution with an aim to digitalise and enhance the end-to-end customer journey. The UK FinTech will be able to manage its KYC and AML regulatory processes on a single platform.
Ebury will benefit from the CLM provider’s community-based approach to product development. The FinTech joins the company’s roster of FinTech clients.
UK-based payments platform Paysafe has extended its relationship with Microsoft. The company aims to offer an online cash payment option to Microsoft customers by enabling paysafecard as a payment option in Microsoft Store in 22 countries across Europe. The collaboration will see the addition of new countries as well as extend paysafecard’s availability to purchases on the Xbox game console.
paysafecard enables consumers to use cash to shop for goods and services online. Customers, via the ‘my paysafecard’ account, have the option to combine credit balances. The collaboration integrates paysafecard as a payment option for individual purchases of digital consumer goods available through Microsoft Store and Xbox.com and is now available in the following 22 countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
FinTech TransferGo and Mastercard have teamed up for facilitating international money transfers for customers across 20 European countries. The transfers can be made from any payment card or bank account directly to a Mastercard debit or credit card. TransferGo customers can now transfer money in real-time to Mastercard cardholders in 20 countries including Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Mastercard’s Send enables near real-time payment transfers to and from cards, banks and digital accounts around the world. The company’s security tools and capabilities aim to offer an additional layer of security for the management of regulatory, financial and fraud risks.
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