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Follow the Money: FinovateEurope’s VC All Stars Talk Fintech Investment in Europe

FinovateEurope 2020 is full of changes, and there’s one change in particular I’m excited about.

This year, we’ve added a panel called Investor All Stars. It’s stacked with investors who will offer up their take on the top topics for venture capital funding in fintech. Specifically, the group will examine which sub-sectors of fintech are poised to offer the highest ROI, why investment looks different among various geographical regions, and if fintech is a bubble (and if so, when will it pop?).

Breaking Banks co-host Meaghan Johnson will moderate the discussion, which will include:

Nick Sando, Venture Capital Investor at Octopus Ventures

Nick leads credit and lending investments at Octopus Ventures, one Europe’s largest VCs with £1.2 billion under management. Nick has co-founded companies on both sides of the Atlantic. He is passionate about startups looking to provide fair access to credit and companies leveraging the new data available to better serve the credit industry.

Yoni Arbel, Head of Treasury at Transferwise

Yoni helps the Transferwise Treasury team make sure the company has funds where customers need them in a fast and efficient way. He has 10 years of experience in fintech, joining eToro in 2008, opening their office in London in 2012, and joining Lebara in 2015, building a remittance platform for the customers of the MVNO (Lebara Money).

Manuel Silva Martinez, Partner at Santander InnoVentures

Manuel is a Partner at Santander InnoVentures, which is part of Santander Group’s global corporate venture capital fund, focused on early stage fintech investments. He is responsible for sourcing, executing, and maintaining the investor relationship with portfolio companies. Prior to joining Santander, Manuel spent nearly a decade at BBVA.

Luis Valdich, Managing Director of Venture Investing at Citi Ventures

Luis Valdich joined Citi Ventures in 2015 as a Managing Director in its NYC office. He is responsible for fintech investing in both the U.S. and Europe. Luis’ investments include Clarity Money (acquired by Goldman Sachs), HighRadius, PPRO, ScaleFactor, Octane Lending, Second Measure, HoneyBook, SmartAsset, and Contguard. Prior to Citi, Luis founded and ran JPMorgan Chase’s Strategic Investments group for nearly 8 years and invested in 30+ companies.


The countdown for FinovateEurope is on! We’re just a week and a half away from seeing the newest fintech in Europe and we’d love for you to join. Register today.