Finovate Global: Braintri Wins App Prize; Featurespace in Singapore

As Finovate goes increasingly global, so does our coverage of financial technology. Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Austrian division of private banking and asset management group, LGT, partners with Avaloq.
  • Bank of Lithuania announces updates to its position on virtual assets and ICOs.
  • IKO, the mobile app co-developed by Braintri for PKO Bank Polski, wins first place in worldwide ranking of mobile apps published by British Retail Banker International for second consecutive year.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Finastra brings its core banking technology to Saudi Arabia.
  • Cryptocurrency brokerage based in Kuwait, YallaBit, raises $925,000 in Series A.
  • Arabian Gazette highlights Bahrain’s Manama, Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh, as well as both Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE in its look at Four Arabian Gulf Cities Where Fintech is Thriving.

Central and South Asia

  • Temenos acquires Bangalore-based big data and analytics firm, hTrunk.
  • National Bank of Pakistan introduces its first contactless debit card.
  • Anirban Mukherjee appointed CEO of PayU India.
  • QR code-based payment app BharatPe raises $17 million in round led by Sequoia Capital India.
  • Pan Asia Bank and TerraPay partner to provide instant cross-border payment access to bank accounts in Sri Lanka.
  • Halyk Bank teams up with Fiserv to centralize its cash management process.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Digital challenger bank C6 goes live in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Mexico looks at the possibility of forming a digital payments system, run by the central bank, to help make financial services more accessible for the underbanked.
  • features Argentine digital challenger bank, Wilobank.


  • Ping An’s fintech subsidiary OneConnect sets up shop in Indonesia.
  • Hong Kong Exchange acquires minority stake in Shenzhen-based fintech.
  • Featurespace goes live in Singapore.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • South African digital lender Payabill announces equity stake investment from Johannesburg-based business challenger bank, Sasfin.
  • Kenyan Capital Markets Authority Chief Executive Paul Muthaura speaks about the need for a “conducive environment” for fintech innovation in the country.
  • Nigerian Lagos state government to launch e-procurement platform within the next three weeks.

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Finovate Alumni News


  • Onfido Teams Up with Extended Stay Marketplace 2nd Address.
  • London’s Accountant Marketplace Capitalise Raises $4.5 Million.
  • Coinbase Acquires Blockchain Intelligence Platform Neutrino.

Around the web

  • Featurespace brings its anti-fraud technology to Singapore.
  • Revolut CEO Nik Storonsky urges UK government to provide special tech visa to ensure London’s status as a “fintech powerhouse” after Brexit.
  • Fiserv helps Kazakhstan’s Halyk Bank centralize its currency management process.
  • Bottomline Technologies partners with UMB Financial to offer Visa-powered payables solution to customers in the U.S.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Thoma Bravo to Acquire Ellie Mae in $3.7 Billion Deal.
  • Welcome to Day Four of FinovateEurope.

Around the web

  • ACH Alert unveils its latest Payment Data Xchange (PDX) service module within its flagship Fraud Prevention HQ platform.
  • Fidor Bank launches chatbot powered by Best of Show winner, Finn AI.
  • Paysend to offer money transfers to bank accounts in 34 European countries.
  • Zopa introduces new chairman Gordon McCallum, who will take over from co-founder Giles Andrew.
  • Kentucky-based Forcht Bank partners with Fiserv to upgrade its credit card program.
  • Finastra appoints Siobhan Byron as SVP and Head of Technology Enabled Managed Services (TEMS).
  • Aire inks reseller agreement with Experian.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

New York Community Bancorp to Boost its Lending Services with Fiserv’s DNA

New York Community Bancorp will move to Fiserv’s DNA core platform to improve its retail banking and commercial lending services, reports Antony Peyton of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

The bank, which has $51.2 billion in assets, will use an integrated suite of digital banking and payment solutions. It will also move from in-house processing to an application service provider (ASP) model hosted by Fiserv.

It is understood the new tech will replace the legacy Miser solution from Fiserv’s rival FIS.

Barbara Tosi-Renna, assistant chief operating officer, New York Community Bancorp, said: “We chose Fiserv because its solutions, integration and expertise put us in the strongest position to succeed in our fast-changing marketplace.”

The bank will add solutions from Fiserv including Commercial Center for commercial cash management and business banking, and the open, real-time Dovetail Payments Platform (paytech provider Dovetail was acquired by Fiserv in 2017).

It also will move existing in-house solutions including the Corillian Online and Mobiliti digital banking solutions from Fiserv to the bank’s new outsourced environment.

New York Community Bank is the “leading producer of multi-family loans” in New York City and the largest regional bank headquartered in New York by assets.

The bank has customers in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Ohio, and Arizona through a network of more than 250 branches.

Meanwhile, Fiserv has been busy. As usual.

Just last month, Banco CTT, one of Portugal’s newest banks, selected Fiserv to enable anti-money laundering (AML) capabilities.

In addition, and a much bigger deal, Fiserv revealed it will acquire First Data in an all-stock transaction of $22 billion.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Best of Show Winner Capitalise Goes Live with Interactive Brokers.
  • Alt Credit Scorer Aire Scoops Up $11 Million in Growth Funding.

Around the web

  • Raiffesisen banks in Switzerland go live with Avaloq’s core banking system.
  • tops 10 million user milestone.
  • Fiserv launches new mortgage lifecycle integration solution, Mortgage Momentum.
  • Worldline announces expansion of its partnership with Rambus to provide ITSO smart tickets in the U.K.
  • The Paypers interviews Luke Flomo, Head of Ecommerce for Trustly.
  • BlueRush announces two new board members, Michael Beckerman and Paul G. Smith.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Ephesoft Helps Businesses Leverage the Cloud to Meet Demand.
  • Now a Temenos Company, Avoka Unveils Workspaces for Retail Banking.

Around the web

  • Onfido forges partnership with PensionBee.
  • Portugal’s Banco CTT to leverage technology from Fiserv to fight money laundering.
  • Lendio announces providing more than 5,000 Kiva loans to support women-owned businesses.
  • NCR unveils its EMV-integrated Equinox Luxe devices for NCR Connected Payments, giving a secure payment route for retailers.
  • Hooyu to provide online verification for mobile egaming operator, Small Screen Casinos.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Fiserv Announces Plans to Acquire First Data in $22 Billion Deal

A giant will roam the fintech land as Fiserv will acquire First Data in an all-stock transaction of $22 billion, reports Antony Peyton of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

With the combined power, Fiserv will be able to offer a range of payments and financial services, including account processing and digital banking solutions; card issuer processing and network services; e-commerce; integrated payments; and the Clover cloud-based point-of-sale solution.

Jeffery Yabuki, president and CEO of Fiserv, said: “We admire First Data for its excellence in merchant acquiring and global issuing services, and the tremendous progress they have made under Frank’s [Bisignano, CEO] leadership.”

Some deals from last year for First Data include Ellie Mae, Mastercard and SIA.

As an example of how they will link up, Fiserv says First Data’s digital merchant account enrollment capabilities can be integrated into its digital banking solutions.

The new entity expects to invest an incremental $500 million over five years. Fiserv reckons growth will come from areas such as bank merchant services and Clover, credit processing, and additional biller services.

The program, when up and running, will focus on a series of new and existing technologies, including merchant solutions, digital enablement, risk management, and data-focused solutions.

The new company expects to generate free cash flow exceeding $4 billion in the third year following close, and generate $900 million of run-rate cost savings, “driven primarily by the elimination of duplicative corporate structures.” The latter of course means job cuts. Firms always say it so coldly.

Fiserv intends to refinance the $17 billion of debt that First Data is expected to have at the time of closing, and has entered into a committed bridge financing arrangement in connection with the transaction.

Yabuki will serve as CEO and chairman of the board of directors of the combined company. Bisignano will assume the role of president and chief operating officer, and will serve as director of the board of the combined company.

The transaction, to close during the second half of 2019, is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including the approval of shareholders of both companies. The transaction is not subject to any financing conditions.

Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Fiserv demonstrated its Commercial Center: Security solution – partnership with Samsung SDS – at FinovateSpring 2018. Earlier this month, the company announced signing a trio of new bank partners, bringing Fiserv’s total number of new bank clients to more than 80 in the past two years.

Finovate Alumni News


  • Glacier Bancorp Deploys Roostify Powered Digital Mortgage Solution.

Around the web

  • Fiserv Announces Plans to Acquire First Data in $22 Billion Deal.
  • Forrester names CREALOGIX as a leader in the Now Tech: Digital Banking Engagement platforms, Q4 2018.
  • Worldpay and Revel Systems announce enhanced partnership to provide consolidated POS and payments solution.
  • International bookmaker and gaming operator SKS365 picks ARIC Fraud Hub from Featurespace for real-time fraud protection.
  • PayPal appoints marketing executive Allison Johnson to EVP and Chief Marketing Officer.
  • Forbes features iProov in article discussing identity and blockchain technology.
  • FICO teams up with electronics payments specialist Conductor to support payment card fraud protection in Brazil.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Fiserv Welcomes A Trio of New Bank Partners

Fiserv is living the fintech dream as more than 80 of its bank clients have completed a migration to outsourced core processing in the past 24 months.

This heightened state of happiness is set to continue as the company says nearly 60 more are scheduled to make the move in 2019, reports Antony Peyton of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).

Three banks in the US have been wheeled out to offer some praise.

“After we moved to outsourced core processing, we asked ourselves what other services we should outsource to ensure customer information was held in a secure data centre. This led us to choose hosted infrastructure as a service and managed services from Fiserv,” said Yvette Hamm, vice-president, information security officer, First State Bank of Uvalde in Texas.

Robert Palmer, president and CEO of Missouri-based Bloomsdale Bank, is addicted to outsourcing love as the decision to move was due in part to the difficulty of finding qualified staff to manage technology in-house.

While for JD Bank in Louisiana, it considered doing it for more than two years before making the decision.

Bavo Gall, JD Bank’s EVP and chief information officer, said: “By outsourcing with Fiserv, we have maintained the flexibility to do what needs to get done.”

The bank moved its core processing, item processing and online banking systems to an outsourced environment over a single weekend in late 2017.

In other news, last week, Mi Bank in Michigan announced it was set to debut early this year. The new financial institution says it will use technology from Fiserv, including the DNA core banking system, to power its launch.

Headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin and founded in 1984, Fiserv demonstrated its Commercial Center: Security platform – in partnership with Samsung SDS – at FinovateFall 2017.

De Novo for the New Year: Mi BANK Teams Up with Fiserv

Mi BANK, Michigan’s first de novo bank in a decade, is set to debut early this year. The new financial institution announced today that it will leverage technology and expertise from Fiserv to power its launch.

“Local businesses like to bank with local financial institutions that understand the dynamics and challenges they face,” Mi BANK founder, chairman, and CEO Rob Farr explained. “Fiserv gives us the technology foundation we need and has demonstrated flexibility in accommodating us as a new bank looking to address a gap in our market.”

Farr and his team will benefit from their previous experience working with Fiserv, as well as from Fiserv’s history of supporting other de novo banks. Upon launch, Mi BANK will offer a full suite of banking solutions including core account processing, commercial lending, digital banking, RDC, wire transfers, and 24-hour account opening. In addition to technology implementation (what Farr called “the heavy lifting”), Fiserv will train Mi BANK’s internal staff to ensure they are able to make the most of the new technology.

“By taking a tech-forward approach, Mi BANK is ready to offer the experience and capabilities that businesses expect from their financial provider,” Todd Horvath, president of Bank Solutions for Fiserv, said.”Fiserv offers a springboard to growth for the bank as they prepare to serve customers for years to come.”

Located 25 miles outside of Detroit in Bloomfield Township, Mi BANK is among the more recent de novo banks to be approved by the FDIC. And if state regulators follow-through, Mi BANK will be the first bank to open in the state since the Great Recession. The bank will cater to small and medium-sized commercial businesses, and seeks to bring what it calls “community banking principles” to the world of SME banking.

“When we open the doors at Mi BANK we will have in place experienced bankers who understand the importance of responding quickly and effectively to each of our customer’s distinctive needs,” Farr (pictured) said in a press release announcing the FDIC approval in October.  “We’re a local organization and we understand the unique dynamics and challenges of Michigan companies.”

Farr served as president and CEO of Birmingham Bloomfield Bancshares (Michigan) from 2006 to 2017, when the firm was sold. An alum of Michigan State University, Farr worked in private banking for Michigan National Bank, Old Kent/Fifth Third, and TCF Bank.

De novo banks and credit unions are newly-chartered FIs – not purchased as an acquisition – that have been in operation for five years or less. Fiserv has worked with more than 400 de novo banks and CUs since 2000, providing banking platforms, e-commerce solutions, and payment technologies. Earlier this spring, Fiserv announced that its core processing platform had been selected by $455 million, R Bank of Central Texas, which opened as a de novo bank in 2009.

News of Fiserv’s partnership with Mi BANK comes less than a month after the financial technology services company announced teaming up with three U.S.-based credit unions: Ideal Credit Union and TopLine Federal Credit Union of Minnesota, and Dakota West Credit Union of North Dakota.

Above: Fiserv’s Scott Graf, Samsung SDS America’s Richard Lobovsky, and Fiserv’s Dennis Wang demonstrating the integration of new biometric authentication solutions within a digital banking platform.

Other recent headlines for Fiserv include teaming up with QuotePro in November to accelerate credit for cash payments at self-serve kiosks, and finalizing the acquisition of Elan Financial Services’ debit processing solutions. Also last fall, Fiserv forged partnerships with U.K.-based Co-operative Bank and New Jersey-based Bogota Savings Bank ($650 million in assets).

Fiserv made its first Finovate appearance in 2008, demonstrating technology that leveraged social media to help banks and credit unions attract, engage, and retain customers and members. More recently, at FinovateSpring earlier this year, the company partnered with Samsung SDS, to combine the South Korean technology firm’s biometric authentication and collaboration solutions into Fiserv’s Commercial Center: Security solution.

Founded in 1984, Fiserv is based in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The company has 24,000 associates serving more than 12,000 clients in 80+ countries around the world. With a market capitalization of $29 billion, the company trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “FISV.” Jeffrey W. Yabuki is President, CEO, and Director.