Instant Payments, TED, and PIX: Open Banking Advances in Brazil

Instant Payments, TED, and PIX: Open Banking Advances in Brazil

This week marks the beginning of Phase 3 of Brazil’s embrace of open banking. Phase 3 is the second-to-last stage of the implementation plan set out by the Brazilian Central Bank. According to reports, Phase 3 arrives about one month late – the original date was September 30th – but the changes that the newest phase of the open banking initiative will bring are significant enough to be worth the wait.

Divided into four parts, the goal of Phase 3 is to usher in the regulation of payment initiation from any online platform. This will initially involve enabling consumers to pay for products and services using PIX – without the consumer having to use their bank’s app. PIX is the smartphone-based, instant payments technology launched by the Brazilian central bank almost a year ago. The second part of Phase 3, enabling payments made with TED (transferência eletrônica disponível) and transfers between accounts of the same bank, is set to begin in mid-February of 2022; the third part, enabling payments via bank slip, is slated to begin in late June; and the fourth and final part of Phase 3, enabling payment by debit account, is set to go live at the end of September.

Payment initiation is only one component of the open banking project Brazil has undertaken. Giving consumers the ability to make price comparisons, as well as compare rates and credit offers, are also major new possibilities for consumers that will be available thanks to the introduction of open banking in the country. These elements are expected to begin at the end of March 2022.

“The initiation will have a great impact especially on fintechs, which may offer more practical solutions for consumers or improve your internal financial processes from direct payment,” Belvo General Director Albert Morales explained. “Large banks, on the other hand, should start to rethink prices and solutions offered, both to attract new users and to retain users.”

Brazil’s open banking project, approved in 2019 by the country’s central bank, is part of a larger modernization effort for the Brazil’s entire financial system. And while the global pandemic has played a major role in complicating the project’s original timeline, officials expect open banking to be fully implemented in the country by September of next year.

Read more about Brazil’s open banking project in this interview with Otávio Damaso, Regulation Director for Brazil’s central bank, conducted by The Paypers last month. Damaso explains why Brazil has embraced open banking, and how open banking fits into the larger context of regulatory changes and trends in the country.


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Payoneer To Go Public Via SPAC, Now Valued at $3.3 Billion

Payoneer To Go Public Via SPAC, Now Valued at $3.3 Billion

Cross-border payments expert Payoneer is the latest fintech to go public via SPAC merger. The New York-based company has agreed to merge with FTAC Olympus Acquisition Corp.

The transaction is expected to close during the first half of this year.

Once the reorganization is complete, the newly created holding company will be renamed Payoneer Global Inc. and the combined company will operate as Payoneer, a U.S. publicly listed entity. After the deal is finalized, Payoneer will have an estimated value of $3.3 billion.

Payoneer was founded in 2005 and offers multi-currency accounts to marketplaces, sellers, freelancers, gig workers, manufacturers, banks, suppliers, and buyers. With a mission to “democratize access to financial services and drive growth for digital businesses of all sizes from around the world,” Payoneer helps users pay and get paid globally as easily as they do locally.

“Payoneer is at the forefront of the rapid, global shift to digital commerce across all sectors,” said Betsy Z. Cohen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of FTAC Olympus Acquisition Corp. “Its innovative and unique high-tech, high-touch platform positions Payoneer at the epicenter of some of the most powerful and enduring trends driving global commerce today. Its proven ability to facilitate the overall growth of e-commerce through capabilities such as B2B payment digitization, global risk and compliance infrastructure, and the enablement for SMBs to rapidly grow and scale sets Payoneer apart.”

Payoneer has raised $270 million from 18 investors including CBC Capital and 83North. Scott Galit is CEO.

Today’s news of Payoneer opting to go public via a SPAC merger echoes a larger trend. Lately, we’ve seen a rising number of tech companies, including Bank Mobile and SoFi, use SPAC mergers to go public. Benefits of the IPO alternative include a faster and cheaper process, no qualification threshold, and no IPO window.


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Payoneer Launches Cross-Border Tool for Banks

Payoneer Launches Cross-Border Tool for Banks

Cross-border payments platform Payoneer announced a major development this week. The New York-based company unveiled Payoneer for Banks, a tool to help banks make and receive cross-border payments.

The company’s new bank partnerships will offer secure low-cost international payments made in real time using the banks’ existing infrastructure. “By integrating with our APIs, banks can offer a seamless cross-border payments experience to their customers with low investment, which offers the potential for additional revenues, enriched offerings for customers and a competitive advantage,” said Eyal Moldovan, General Manager of SMBs for Payoneer.

The company reports it has already signed on 10 banks, challenger banks, and eWallets in 10 countries and it is in the middle of launching more partnerships. Among the list of disclosed partners are ANNA Money in the U.K.; Bank Asia in Bangladesh; BSB Bank in Belarus; EasyPay in Armenia; GCash, the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines; eZ Cash in Sri Lanka; Faysal Bank and JazzCash in Pakistan; Kuda Bank in Nigeria; Privatbank and Monobank in Ukraine; and Prex in Argentina.

Payoneer noted that now is an ideal time for the bank-focused product since many operations are moving to digital channels and international payment capabilities remain slow and unreliable.

“We focus on creating a bank that customers would love, and that drives a lot of our decisions,” said Monobank Cofounder Michael Rogalskiy. “It was extremely easy to work with Payoneer, because we have the same shared values and the same ideas around money transfers. Our integration allows our customers to have a better user experience, lower fees, and faster access to their international earnings. It’s a relationship that brings value for us, for Payoneer, and for our shared customers.”


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3dcart Picks Payoneer for New Cross-Border Payments Partnership

3dcart Picks Payoneer for New Cross-Border Payments Partnership

SEO-friendly e-commerce platform 3dcart will leverage technology from Payoneer to “transform” its cross-border paymenst process to merchants around the world. Through the new partnership, 3dcart will rely on the Payoneer platform’s cross-border functionality, prompt payment processing, and flexible payouts to send payments to more than 200 countries in more than 150 currencies.

“Our mission is to empower businesses to grow globally by enabling them to easily and digitally send payments to their payees all over the world,” Scott Galit, Payoneer CEO, explained, “without having to worry about the complexities and regulations of executing cross-border payments. We look forward to working with 3dcart to open up new global opportunities for their business,” Galit said.

Florida-based 3dcart provides order management software, built-in blogging, email marketing tools, more than 100 mobile-ready themes and 24×7 technical support to help retailers and internet marketers drive online traffic and sales to their stores. In choosing Payoneer, the company said it wanted a solution that would make it easier for their merchants to accept payments globally and called Payoneer “an ideal choice.”

“We’re excited to include Payoneer as an integrated payment method in the 3dcart platform, especially because we have sellers all over the world,” 3dcart COO Jimmy Rodriguez said. “Our clients need a reliable, flexible means of accepting international payments, and Payoneer aligns perfectly with that.”

Founded in 2005 and headquartered in New York City, Payoneer began the year with news that it would power local payments for social navigation specialist Waze’s Carpool service. The company, with more than four million users of its solutions, picked up an investment from China Broadband Capital back in December. Last fall, Payoneer was named to the Inc. 5,000 roster of fastest growing private companies in the U.S. In addition to the businesses that use Payoneer’s cross-border payments platform, companies like Airbnb, Amazon, Getty Images, and Google also take advantage of Payoneer’s mass payout services.

Payoneer demonstrated its Commercial Account at FinovateAsia 2013. The account enables businesses and individuals around the world to receive funds from a global network of corporate companies. Account holders can access funds via low cost withdrawals to bank accounts, prepaid debit with instant spending and ATM access, as well as through a transfer to local eWallets in certain locations.