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Euroloan Appoints Former Morgan Stanley FinTech Leader James Hickson as New Group CEO

Euroloan Appoints Former Morgan Stanley FinTech Leader James Hickson as New Group CEO

Helsinki, Finland, May 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Euroloan Group PLC, a pioneering European financial technology company with offices in Helsinki (HQ), Luxembourg, Stockholm and Warsaw, announced today the appointment of James Hickson (B.Sc., M.B.A.) as group Chief Executive Officer.  Hickson, an accomplished financial technology industry executive with 16 years of experience on Wall Street, most [...]

Fortress Investment Group LLC makes EUR 120M move on FinTech Leader Euroloan Group PLC

Fortress Investment Group LLC makes EUR 120M move on FinTech Leader Euroloan Group PLC

Helsinki, Finland, May 11 (Korea bizwire) — Euroloan has doubled the size of its structured financing facility with funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE:FIG), from EUR 60 million to EUR 120 million. The credit line comes with the news that Euroloan increased net revenue by 90% in 2016 and is now [...]

Study Shows 88 pct of Financial Firms Threatened by Clout of Fintech

Study Shows 88 pct of Financial Firms Threatened by Clout of Fintech

SEOUL, May 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Nearly 90 percent of financial firms worldwide said their businesses are at risk from rapidly expanding fintech rivals and they fear losing revenue to the financial innovators, according to a new study released on Monday, in the latest sign of the growing influence of financial technology, known as fintech. [...]

Gov’t to Offer 3 Tln Won in Support for Fintech Startups

Gov’t to Offer 3 Tln Won in Support for Fintech Startups

SEOUL, March 8 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s top financial regulator said Wednesday authorities will expand “systemic” support for nascent fintech firms in the country, with 3 trillion won (US$2.6 billion) earmarked for a three-year support project.  South Korea, known for its information and communication technology prowess, launched a government-led campaign in early 2015 to [...]

S. Korea to Deregulate AI, VR, Fintech Sectors

S. Korea to Deregulate AI, VR, Fintech Sectors

SEOUL, Feb. 16 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea announced plans Thursday to ease regulations on three industries — artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and financial technology, or fintech — as part of the government’s aggressive deregulation drive to find a new growth engine.  The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning reported a set [...]

Digital Disruption Sweeps Through Korean Banking Industry

Digital Disruption Sweeps Through Korean Banking Industry

SEOUL, January 30 (Korea Bizwire) – Digital disruption and cutthroat competition are shaking up the banking industry, with thousands of employees making the transition away from financial services jobs that were long considered as some of the most lucrative in Korea. The emergence of the fintech revolution leaves the prospects for the banking industry uncertain. [...]

S. Korea to Foster Blockchain Financial Services

S. Korea to Foster Blockchain Financial Services

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s financial authorities on Tuesday announced a plan to launch a full-scale pilot project this year on blockchain-powered financial services.  South Korea, known for its ICT prowess, has accelerated its drive for capitalizing on the new platform.  Blockchain is a key technology for the digital currency bitcoin enabling [...]

S. Korea’s Fintech Firms Seek to Tap into China

S. Korea’s Fintech Firms Seek to Tap into China

SEOUL, Dec. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea made a pitch Thursday for its financial technology, or fintech, in China under the government’s campaign to support related startups here seeking to do business abroad.  The state-funded Fintech Center held the “Fintech Demo Day in Beijing” event, joined by five South Korean firms and potential business [...]

Scotiabank Partners with QED Investors to Promote FinTech Start-ups in Latin America

Scotiabank Partners with QED Investors to Promote FinTech Start-ups in Latin America

TORONTO, ON and ALEXANDRIA, VA, Dec. 8 (Korea Bizwire) - Scotiabank and QED Investors announced today a new and innovative partnership that will inject capital and industry expertise into select Latin American FinTech companies. The joint investment will create a venture capital platform that will identify, invest and promote the growth of innovative start-ups across the [...]

S. Korea Sets Sights on ‘Cross-Border Financing Hub’

S. Korea Sets Sights on ‘Cross-Border Financing Hub’

SEOUL, Dec. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea has decided to reset its push to become a regional financial hub, reflecting a change in related global circumstances, authorities announced Thursday.  Despite the government’s initiative that started in 2008, foreign financial firms have withdrawn or scaled down their businesses in Asia’s fourth-biggest economy.  In a relevant [...]