12 Sep 2016

Fintech start-ups put banks under pressure

Tim Levene, founder of Augmentum Capital, a fund backed by Rothschild, said these “true disruptive” players will often take time to become big enough to be profitable and require meaningful capital, but are not hampered by “the bureaucracy and sluggishness of an existing goliath”.

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27 Jun 2016

London’s booming fintech market under threat from Brexit vote

“We have already taken calls from prospective investors in our next fund, questioning their future commitment to UK tech,” said Tim Levene, founder of Augmentum Capital, a venture capital fund backed by Rothschild. 

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12 Apr 2016

Technology Companies Raise $1bn To Challenge Banks

Tim Levene, founder of Augmentum Capital, which invests in fintech, said: “Existing financial institutions will find themselves at the centre of this disruption with innovative consumer propositions that threaten their dissatisfied customer base.”

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31 Mar 2016


It has been well documented that the U.K. is leading the way globally in the development of fintech start-ups.

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10 Feb 2016

P2P industry hits back at Lord Turner’s warning as ‘ill-informed’

A warning by a former regulator of risks building up in peer-to-peer lending has been attacked by the industry as ill-informed and unfair.

Lord Adair Turner, the former chairman of the UK’s financial watchdog, said on Wednesday that “P2P” platforms could be the source of “big losses” over the next five to 10 years that would “make even the worst bankers look like absolute geniuses”.

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25 Jan 2016

Biggest Global Banks At Davos: We're All Fintech Innovators Now

Fintech was every banker’s buzzword at the World Economic Forum, as leaders of the world’s largest financial companies both touted the potential of new innovations and leaned on regulators to control the startups threatening parts of their business.

Deutsche Bank AG Chief Executive Officer John Cryan predicted the disappearance of physical cash within a decade. Bank of America Corp. CEO Brian Moynihan said his firm now spends $3 billion a year, more than 5 percent of total expenses, on coding. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Banco Santander SA announced an investment in ex-banker Blythe Masters’ blockchain startup.

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17 Jan 2016

Why Smart Businesses Are Turning To Crowdfunding

Whatever 2016 brings, one thing will remain true: the biggest challenge for entrepreneurs and owners of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is to find the funds they need to launch and grow their business.

As a result, more companies than ever are turning towards smart investments as opposed to traditional loans from private investors or the bank.

The “alternative finance” market has doubled in the past 12 months and this pace is expected to continue in 2016, according to research by Nesta, a charity that works to increase innovation in the UK. 

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01 Jan 2016

UK Fintech Stars Giles Andrews & Samir Desai Receive Recognition from the Queen’s New Year Honours List

In a sign that Fintech has entered the realm of the establishment two leading entrepreneurs have been recognized by the Queen of England in the annual Honours List which was published yesterday.

Samir Desai, co-founder and CEO of Funding Circle, has been honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Giles Andrews, Chairman and co-founder of Zopa has been honoured as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

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