May 11, 2021

American Express enters European Open Banking with Tink

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AmericanExpress
openbanking
openfinance
William Girling
2 min
Multinational financial services corporation American Express (AmEx) has formally entered the European Open Banking market in partnership with Tink
Multinational financial services corporation American Express (AmEx) has formally entered the European Open Banking market in partnership with Tink...

The development will impact AmEx’s customers in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden.

Using Tink’s Open Banking technology, which will be integrated into AmEx’s application and risk analysis process, prospective cardholders can seamlessly connect with their bank and receive instant ID verification, income checks, and account validation. 

This is a clear example of Open Finance’s ability to streamline previously paper-driven and manual processes, saving both time and money.

Why did American Express choose Tink?

Tink managed to generate US$213m of capital investment in 2020, the result of two funding rounds that bookended the year. 

The company is one of Europe’s leading pioneers in Open Banking; it currently has over 250 million customers throughout the continent and connects with 3,400 banks through a single API. Tink’s technology has drawn acclaim for its capacity to simplify processes, produce a better customer experience, and increase financial transparency.

Fredrik Sauter, Head of Growing Markets at AmEx, made it clear that these benefits were a decisive factor in securing the partnership, “When looking for an Open Banking partner, Tink was a clear choice for us, due to its position as the leading European Open Banking platform.

“Our partnership with Tink will help make it easier and faster for future customers to apply for our American Express products digitally. Open Banking technology not only speeds up the digital application process but also helps us make better decisions.”

Open Finance gains momentum in Europe

News of the collaboration between two finance industry leaders will be well-received among those keen to see Open Finance proliferate globally.

In March 2021, the Italian ‘Open Finance ecosystem’ Fabrick partnered with Microsoft to drive innovation, with a goal to eventually create a financial framework that is modular, data-driven, and technology-focused.

Daniel Kjellén, Co-Founder and CEO of Tink, intimated that his company was aligned for a similar goal, “[setting] the standard for how larger brands are using Open Banking technology to convert analogue processes to digital, enhancing the customer experience."

Also, when he spoke to us in our March 2021 edition, Rafa Plantier, Country Manager (UK and Ireland), expressed similar sentiments as to the technology’s importance:

“[W]e believe Open Banking can help organisations improve risk analysis with holistic and real-time financial data.”

Find out more about Open Finance in the May 2021 edition of FinTech Magazine. 

Pictured: Daniel Kjellén, Co-Founder and CEO, Tink

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Jun 15, 2021

Mobile money app Monese partners with Veriff

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veriff
Fintech
Cybersecurity
3 min
The global identity verification provider Veriff, will provide Monese with an additional security layer

The London-based European mobile money fintech, Monese, has announced its partnership with Veriff, a global identity verification provider.

According to reports, the partnership was motivated by Monese recognising the need for enhanced security for its digital banking services. The collaboration will provide an additional layer of safety and security for the mobile money app.

Monese, which was launched in 2015 by Estonian entrepreneur Norris Koppel, was the UK’s first mobile app alternative to incumbent banks, and currently offers services for mobile money accounts across 31 countries. 

Veriff is an Estonia-based technology company focused on identity verification that has seen rapid growth over the past 18 months. In April, it secured US$69mn in a Series B funding round led by investment firms IVP and Accel.

Cybersecurity and fintech

The spate of data breaches in recent weeks is driving companies to seek cutting-edge technologies to fortify their platforms against hackers who use malware and ransomware to infiltrate and steal customer data. Identification fraud is also on the rise.

The partnership with Veriff will see enhanced security solutions integrated into the onboarding and authentication processes of Monese’s platform, to verify the identities of Monese users and help the company meet KYC (know your client) requirements. 

The integration will also speed up and improve the accuracy of user screening, thus helping to prevent identity fraud. 

Monese customer base

The majority of the banking fintech’s customers work in the gig economy, are self-employed, or living in a different European country to that in which they were born, and are not therefore well served by mainstream banks.  Monese has filled a gap in the market by providing access to flexible financial services and support.

Customers can deposit salaries, set up Direct Debits or standing orders, and use their account as a savings platform. Monese also allows users to link their PayPal and Avios accounts to their Monese accounts and pay via Apple Pay and Google Pay.  

Competative market for fintech

Speaking about the new partnership, Janer Gorohhov, co-founder and chief product officer of Veriff explained, “This partnership with Monese strengthens our position in the UK’s highly competitive digital banking market. We’re excited to aid Monese in its mission to provide access to fair, flexible financial services and support while minimising friction as we simultaneously expand our organisation’s footprint in the UK via our customer base and team.” 

Atul Choudrie, Chief Commercial Officer at Monese,  said the move would improve customer services and increase protection against fraudulent behaviors. “At Monese, we help people build sustained financial resilience, by providing access to fair, flexible financial services and support.”

He added, “Working in partnership with Veriff, we are unlocking new possibilities in delivering a safe and efficient onboarding experience that will help us reach more customers.”

 

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