May 16, 2020

Your flash guide to the Paris Fintech Forum 2020

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Amber Donovan-Stevens
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With the Paris Fintech Forum just under a week away, FinTech Magazine gives you all the information you need to know ahead of the summit.

The Paris Fin...

With the Paris Fintech Forum just under a week away, FinTech Magazine gives you all the information you need to know ahead of the summit.

The Paris FinTech Forum 2020 is back for its fifth year and this edition is absolutely packed with speakers and events from all of the top finance companies and startups across the industry. Taking place from Tue, 28 Jan 2020 – Wed, 29 Jan 2020, this year's event will take place at the historical Paris Stock Exchange, Palais Brongniart, Paris, France.

Over 250 speakers are confirmed with some of the biggest names in finance who will share their experience of the industry along with predictions for the future across seven stages. This year's event expects to see over 2,600 delegates from 70 countries attend. 

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Key players in Fintech

The 2020 event will host a number of major players in the fintech industry who will be delivering keynotes: 

  • Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, Western Union
  • Nikhil Rathi, CEO, London Stock Exchange
  • Eric Lombard, Managing Director, Caisse des Dépôts
  • Cédric O, State secretary for digital affairs, French Government
  • Anne Boden, CEO, Starling Bank
  • Nik Storonsky, CEO, Revolut
  • Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chairman, Mastercard
  • Sergey Solonin, Chairman, Qiwi

Companies that will also be represented at the event include: Visa, Spring Labs, Active Asset Allocation, LionX, Everex, Ma French Bank, IDnow, Cube, Rabobank, ING, BNP Paribas and Banque de France.

Check back tomorrow for our personal picks on the top speakers to see at the Paris Fintech Forum!
 

For more information on all topics for FinTech, please take a look at the latest edition of FinTech magazine.

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Jul 23, 2021

Robinhood faces $35mn fine from New York DFS

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Robinhood faces $35mn fine from New York DFS
Robinhood announced it had reached a ‘settlement’ with regulators and is on target for a $35bn valuation for its initial public offering

The renegade trading platform, Robinhood, which was central to the GameStop shares frenzy earlier this year, faces a US$35mn fine from New York financial regulators.

The company’s crypto division was issued with a wrist slap in 2020, following the red flagging of several “matters requiring attention”. Robinhood revealed it had reached a settlement with the New York State Department of Financial Services regarding the issues, which related to “alleged violations” of cybersecurity and anti-money laundering rules.

Robinhood valuation

The news follows on from the announcement earlier this week that the trading platform favoured by armchair investors, which almost broke Wall Street earlier this year, has an expected valuation of $35bn following its IPO.

Critics of the platform say Robinhood encourages “risky behaviour” among inexperienced (armchair) investors. The app has also been criticised for not informing customers that much of its profits are generated by routing their trades to Wall Street firms taking the other side, or so-called "payment for order flow."

Robinhood said last month they expected the DFS fine to be at the $15mn mark, adding it would be “the bottom of the range for our probable loss in this matter”. The $35mn penalty is on top of the record $70mn Robinhood incurred from US financial regulator FINRA in June, for “lax vetting and outages.”

However, the settlement indicates the company’s IPO will go ahead as planned, despite initial concerns the investigation could see the float delayed until later this year.

Robinhood floats imminent

Despite the regulatory hiccups, Robinhood priced its IPO between US$38-US$42 per share, giving the platform the US$35bn valuation and analysts predict the firm’s debut on the Nasdaq could occur as early as next week.

Reports suggest that 55 million shares will be offered. Robinhood founders, Baiju Bhatt and Vlad Tenev are also set to sell 2.63 million shares.

Robinhood democratising investment

Launched in 2013 by Tenev and Bhatt, who were Stanford University roommates, Robinhood’s founders will retain most of the voting rights after the IPO. Bhatt reportedly holds 39% of the voting power of outstanding stock, while Tenev holds 26.2%.

The online brokerage, which came under fire for its handling of the GameStop trading debacle, which saw the platform limit stocks to investors, states its mission is to “democratise” investing and is one of the most highly anticipated IPOs of the year.

Robinhood was valued at $11.7bn in autumn 2020 following a private equity funding drive. The new valuation will mean represent a three-fold increase in the company’s market value in less than 12 months.

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