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UK fintech investment takes a dive

UK fintech investment takes a dive

UK fintech investment fell to $9.6 billion in the first half of 2022, down from $27.8 billion in the same period the previous year, as the global economic slowdown took its toll on the sector, according to a report from KPMG.

Geopolitical uncertainty, turbulent public markets, ongoing supply chain disruption, high levels of inflation and increasing interest rates all contributed to the more subdued levels of investment, says KPMG.

The UK is not alone in seeing a slowdown in fintech investment, with the Americas and Emea regions both seeing total investment and deal volume slide.

Total global fintech funding across M&A, PE and VC reached $107.8 billion across 2980 deals in H1 2022. Payments continued to attract the most funding among fintech subsectors, accounting for $43.6 billion in investment compared to the $60.3 billion seen during all of 2021.

Crypto-focused companies attracted $14.2 billion during H1, including a $1.1 billion raise by Germany-based Trade Republic in June. Investment in the insurtech sector dropped considerably, with $3.8 billion of investment globally — well off pace to match the $14.8 billion in investment seen during 2021.

Compared to a number of other areas, global investment in regtech showed strong resilience in the first half, attracting $5.6 billion in investment across 157 deals.

Anton Ruddenklau, global fintech leader, KPMG International, says: “The fintech market experienced a massive year globally in 2021, which makes it look like investment has somewhat fallen off a cliff so far in 2022. That really isn’t the case. We’ve simply shifted back to levels seen in 2019 and 2020."

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A Finextra member
A Finextra member 14 September, 2022, 09:20Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Though there is a global slide, it would be interesting to understand if Brexit has shifted some of this investment from London to other places in Europe. Eroding Fintech would be a major loss for the future of the City. 

I am also wondering how far the talent shortage is also playing a part. The UK has always been a great place for flexible contracted workforce. Since last year, IR35 has put a big stop to that and/or raised considerably the cost of such talents. For a meagre extra tax take, the chancellor may have killed the golden goose. 

If Fintechs cannot access a wider market and cannot find talents, the future of the City as a financial hub may be quite challenged. All largely self inflicted wounds as well.


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