Asia

Big SPAC Deal Grab Sinks on Trading Debut

Grab, an Asian delivery firm and Fintech, traded on the Nasdaq today as part of a SPAC deal that raised gross proceeds of USD $4.5 billion in the largest-ever U.S. public market debut by a Southeast Asian company. The value of the deal was pegged… Read More

Malaysian Conglomerate Berjaya Corp. Sells 30% of its Equity Interest in Razer Fintech

Malaysia-based business conglomerate Berjaya Corporation (BCorp) has revealed that it sold off 30% of its equity interest in Razer Fintech to Razer Midas for around $53.57 million (appr. RM 223.89 million). BCorp will reportedly be holding onto the remaining 19% stake in Razer Fintech. Before… Read More

Asian Crypto Payments Firm TripleA Granted MAS Digital Payment License, 170+ Applications Received

Asian cryptocurrency payments company TripleA has been granted a digital payment token license by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). TripleA is the first standard payment institution to receive this license, the company said. The designation allows TripleA to provide end-to-end cryptocurrency payment services for… Read More

Indonesian Financial Wellness Firm GajiGesa Welcomes $6.6M pre-Series A

GajiGesa, an Indonesia-based company that offers financial wellness solutions that include the Earned Wage Access (EWA) program, today announced a $6.6 million pre-Series A round. New contributors to the round include MassMutual Ventures, January Capital, Wagestream, Oliver Jung, Patrick Walujo, Chee-Yann Wong, RS. Bunda Group,… Read More

Indian Credit Card Fintech Slice Secures $220M via Series B led by Tiger Global, Insight Partners, Others

Slice, a Fintech platform that provides card-based products to younger Indian consumers to help them build a solid credit score, has secured $220 million in capital via a Series B round that values the business at more than $1 billion. Slice‘s investment round has been… Read More

Singaporean Digital Wealth App Endowus Raises $27M to Make Total 2021 Raise $50M

Endowus, a digital wealth app based in the Fintech hotbed of Singapore, this week announced it has raised $27 million. The new capital infusion brings its total 2021 raise to $50 million. Prosus Ventures and EDBI led the round, with contributions from Z Holdings and… Read More

Shinhan Bank, Hedera Look to Blockchain to Improve $702B International Remittance Process

South Korea’s Shinhan Bank today announced it has completed the development of a proof-of-concept, with a global megabank outside of Korea, to improve the remittance process through the use of stablecoins. It is built on the Hedera network, leveraging stablecoins and focused on international remittances…. Read More

Singapore based Fintech YouTrip Raises US$30 Million Series A

  YouTrip, a digital financial services platform and aspiring neobank, has raised US$ 30 million in Series A funding, according to a company statement. YouTrip is a Major Payment Institution licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) that launched in Singapore in 2018 and… Read More

Indian Fintech Razorpay Shares Ways to Grow Your Business With their Cash Advance Options

Indian payments Fintech and neobank Razorpay notes that applying for a line of credit via traditional banks and lenders “can be disappointing with unrealistic approval requirements.” Razorpay Cash Advance has been specifically designed to “make it easier for Razorpay users to get quick access to… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Beijing Looks to Set Up Digital Asset Exchange in the Sub-Center Area On November 26th, the State Council released a circular on supporting Beijing’s sub-center in pursuing high-quality development. To achieve the goals of a green city, sponge city, and smart city, related authorities will… Read More

Fintech, Digital Commerce, Logistics Expected to Lead to Solid Economic Growth in the Phillipines: Report

The time is “ripe” for the Philippines to take its place on the global stage as an important player in the technology space, according to a new report. The Philippines’ local technology market is still developing: While a digital economic gap currently exists, there’s strong… Read More

Ant Group backed Personal Credit-Scoring Joint Venture Application Accepted by People’s Bank of China

China’s reserve bank confirmed on Friday (November 26, 2021) that it had accepted the application to launch a personal credit-scoring joint venture that is reportedly being backed by Alibaba‘s (NYSE: BABA) Fintech division Ant Group and various other companies. Qiantang Credit Rating Co Ltd will… Read More

China: WeChat and Alipay Payment Codes for Businesses Banned by People’s Bank of China

The People’s Bank of China has banned the use of WeChat and Alipay payment codes for businesses beginning on March 1, 2022, according to reports. WeChat and Alipay are the two most popular digital payment platforms in China. According to China News, personal collection codes… Read More

Queen Bee Capital and Nium Team Up to Streamline Cross-Border Payments via Japan

Global payments and card issuance platform Nium and Japanese payments firm, Queen Bee Capital (QBC) have teamed up to improve international transfer offerings for corporate and individual QBC clients across Japan. Through this partnership, QBC will leverage Nium’s advanced pay-out capability to offer real-time, cost-efficient,… Read More

Supply Chain Finance Tech Platform, Linklogis, Establishes Singapore Office

One of Asia’s most established supply chain finance tech solution providers, Linklogis, has announced that it has launched a branch office in Singapore. The new office aims to support Linklogis’ plans to open a virtual bank in Singapore in early 2022, by using the digital… Read More

2-Day DBS Banking Shutdown Captures MAS Attention

While the DBS Bank motto is “Live more, bank less,” some customers found they could not bank at all after some services were disrupted for days earlier this week. The problem was discovered Tuesday morning when customers began having issues with account logins. Initial communications… Read More

Digital Banking: National Bank of Kuwait Introduces Weyay, a Fintech App for Younger Consumers

The National Bank of Kuwait has introduced Weyay, which is reportedly the Middle Eastern country’s first completely digital bank (will focus on serving younger clients). At present, the Fintech and virtual banking app is in beta testing and has been introduced at the pre-registration stage…. Read More

Indian Business Leaders Plead for Government Action at Fintech Festival India 2021-22

Several Indian business leaders spoke out against what they believe is their government’s overly cautious approach to cryptocurrency regulation. They made the comments during the Mumbai Micro Experience of Fintech Festival India 2021-22. Mrutyunjay Mahapatra, a member of the Governing Council of RBI (Reserve Bank… Read More

Cross Border Payment Firm Thunes Hires Multiple Executives in Global Push

Thunes, a payments Fintech that operates globally, has hired multiple executives as part of a move to boost international expansion. While based in Singapore, Thunes has offices around the world. According to a company release, Thunes has hired four executives to guide the firm in… Read More

Digital Transformation: Saigon Commercial Bank Selects BPC to Streamline Virtual Banking Operations

Saigon Commercial Bank (SCB) has announced that it has selected BPC as its solution partner in Vietnam, which should accelerate digital transformation in the nation’s fast-growing banking sector. Using BPC’s SmartVista Platform for switching and Card Management system, SCB can offer hyper-personalized services for clients… Read More

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