Cross-border payments fintech Airwallex valued at $2.6bn
The news came following the addition of $100m to its Series D funding round, which has now reached $300m. This means that Airwallex has raised a total of $500m in capital since it was founded in 2015.
That Airwallex reached unicorn status in 2019 and has subsequently almost tripled its value in two years emphasises the achievement.
A digital world: Payments without borders
“This year, we are focused on our global expansion. We continue to extend our international footprint, and are bolstering our capabilities through partnerships and new product launches. Strengthening our investor base with the addition of Greenoaks will also help us accelerate that progress. We look forward to their support as we forge ahead on our journey to become a global financial cloud.”
Airwallex’s ethos has always been to create a world where national borders don’t complicate payments, and this latest funding round is being viewed by its executive leadership as an affirmation of that sentiment. Moreover, Jeremy Kwong-Law, CEO and CIO at Grok Ventures, sees the company as a force for modernisation and simplification:
“It is so impressive to see Airwallex’s relentless pursuit of rewiring clunky financial infrastructure and turning that into a simple and delightful product experience for their customers. We are excited about the huge potential this team can deliver in the years ahead."
Lucy Yueting Liu is fifth in our Top 100
Prior to forming Airwallex, Liu worked at Barclays and CICC. Known for possessing strong organisational skills and a competitive edge, which have seen her broker the trust of high-profile investors and customers alike, her value to one of APAC’s most influential fintechs is clear.
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Tink partners with Novalnet AG for open banking payments
The Munich-based fintech Novalnet AG, which was founded in 2007 and is one of Europe’s leadingfintech companies, has announced a new partnership with Tink, the Swedish open banking platform currently connected to more than 3,400 European banks.
Novalnet AG delivers payment solutions and fully automated services, from checkout to debt collection. Its solutions are also available worldwide.
According to reports, the fintech company plans to launch a real-time payments feature for merchants across Europe, to expand its current services and enhance the transaction experience it operates through its platform.
The new feature, says Novalnet, will revolutionise payments for ecommerce with transactions being credited to merchant’s accounts almost instantly.
Novalnet partnership with Tink
By partnering with Tink for payment initiation services (PIS) technology, Novalnet will take previous region-specific payment methods and offer a new unified digital payments service to its merchants across Europe.
The fintech’s real-time merchant payments feature, which will be launched initially in Germany and the United Kingdom, will then be integrated across other European markets during 2021.
Speaking about the new collaboration, Emmanuel Kirse, COO of Novalnet, explained, "We expect great things from our strategic partnership with Tink, which is a significant development for both parties.
“With Tink, Novalnet can offer a new set of open banking-related solutions in Europe. The new opportunities offered by this partnership will help both Tink and Novalnet grow together, along with our merchants."
Cyrosch Kalateh, Regional Director for the DACH region at Tink said, “Our partnership with Novalnet is a big step for Tink in the German market, and we are excited to work together to bring new, innovative payments services to merchants across Europe.”
He added, “At the end of 2020 Tink committed to expanding its payment initiation services from five to 10 markets, fuelled by an €85mn investment round. We are proud to add Germany to this list by announcing we have now fully launched Tink’s PIS services in this market.”
Image credit: Novalnet AG