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Nets confirms $5.3 billion takeover offer
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Nets confirms $5.3 billion takeover offer

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Nordic payments processor Nets has received a $5.3 billion takeover offer from US private equity firm Hellman & Friedman.

Germany's Commerzbank has hailed the potential of blokchain technology for money market trades, having successfully replicated a EUR100,000 Euro Commercial Paper transaction with a limited number of trading partners.

BBVA's mobile banking strategy is picking up pace, with the bank predicting that virtually its entire portfolio of Spanish banking products will be available as an app-based service by year-end.

ECB ponders bigger liquidity requirements for 'fintech banks'
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ECB ponders bigger liquidity requirements for 'fintech banks'

22 September 2017  | 0 comments | 18 tweets | 27 linkedin

The European Central Bank says that, because they pose unique risks, it may start asking fintech firms seeking banking licenses to hold bigger capital buffers and larger liquidity.

Finextra is partnering with leading banks and vendors to run a series of roundtable events covering corporate banking, trade and supply chain finance and winning strategies for fintech collaboration at the annual Sibos conference in Toronto in October.

Starling embarks on fresh £40 million fundraising round
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Starling embarks on fresh £40 million fundraising round

22 September 2017  | 0 comments | 5 tweets | 4 linkedin

UK challenger bank Starling has engaged Quayle Munro to advise on plans to raise a further £40 million in fresh capital as the app-only startup prepares for international expansion.

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SIX Payments prepares to join M&A deal frenzy
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SIX Payments prepares to join M&A deal frenzy

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SIX Group has reportedly hired JPMorgan to run the rule over its payments services unit as it looks to capitalise on the M&A deal frenzy in the payments processing market.

German central bank flags DLT weaknesses
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German central bank flags DLT weaknesses

22 September 2017  | 0 comments | 16 tweets | 18 linkedin

Deutsche Bundesbank has dampened the blockchain hype, dismissing distributed ledger technology's prospects in retail payments, at least in the eurozone, and pouring cold water on central bank-issued digital currencies.

Brits give thumbs up to in-store biometrics
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Brits give thumbs up to in-store biometrics

22 September 2017  | 0 comments | 14 tweets | 20 linkedin

Nearly two thirds of Brits want to be able to use a biometric scan to authorise payments in-store, according to a WorldPay survey.

IBM is working with China Construction Bank (Asia) on a blockchain-powered bancassurance project in Hong Kong.

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