Fnality International, the fintech specialising in the safety and institutional quality of central bank money, has raised £77.7m (US$96.4m) in Series B funding.
Leveraging blockchain technology, Fnality operates a global liquidity management ecosystem, driving new payment models for transactions in wholesale financial markets as well as emerging tokenised asset markets.
Fnality: Investment to establish liquidity management ecosystem
Investors in Fnality’s 2019 Series A round participated too, with funds supplied by Banco Santander, BNY Mellon, Barclays, CIBC, Commerzbank, ING, Lloyds Banking Group, Nasdaq Ventures, State Street, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and UBS.
This latest funding round takes Fnality’s total raised capital to £132.7m (US$164.5m), and will be used to support the establishment of the fintech’s global liquidity management ecosystem.
It will also help Fnality ready itself for the commencement of its Sterling Fnality Payment System (FnPS) operations in 2023.
FnPS was approved by the UK’s Payment System Regulator and Bank of England as an official means to use a central bank digital currency (CBDC) asset to complete wholesale payments with near-instant settlement back in 2021.
Now, Fnality is set to launch its service later this year.
FnPS has also launched in other key currencies including USD, and, according to Fnality, has seen strong ecosystem and network growth since its inception as it looks to transform payments, settlement and collateral management in global markets.
Various proof-of-concept demonstrations have already highlighted FnPS’ capabilities, including real-time settlement of tokenised securities, real-time cross-border FX swaps, and real-time repo transactions.
Fnality CEO Rhomaios Ram says: "Our Series B funding round represents the financial sector’s desire for a central bank money-backed blockchain-based settlement solution that bridges the gap between traditional finance (TradFi) and decentralised finance (DeFi) in wholesale markets.
“Each Fnality Payment System utilises DLT to provide a 24/7 payment rail with the ability to reduce settlement cycles to real-time, while significantly improving intraday liquidity management and marking significant innovation in the speed, functionality, and resilience of wholesale payments.”
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