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Weekly Research Highlights – 29 December 2020

For this week’s research article, we dive into security services, mapping down the Danish Fintech Startups ecosystem, the most well-funded tech startups in Europe, global trends and risks in non-bank financial intermediation, InsurTechs, fintech funding rounds, and take a closer look at the future of ESGTech 2020. Happy reading!

Danish Fintech Startups Overview…

Danish Fintech Startups (

In the below overview, and Copenhagen Fintech present a comprehensive mapping of the most prominent Danish fintech startups, classified on eight sectors of the industry:

Regulatory changes affecting financial services…

Financial Regulation: Horizon Report (Linklaters)

With the expectation set out for this year to be shaped by the Brexit preparations, operational resilience occupies a strong second place, due to the increased importance of fintech and BigTech, which caused numerous disruptions within the ecosystem. Furthermore, Covid-19 reaching Europe signified a greater impact on the financial services sector, its markets and the wider economy it serves. This report covers the sweep of regulatory change affecting the financial services, with a focus on what’s coming next. The findings consider the consequences of UK and EU divergence, and the consequences of the pandemic. Read more

Top fundings for European tech startups…

Startup Continent: The Most Well-Funded Tech Startups In Europe (CB Insights)

This analysis identifies the most well-funded VC-backed tech startup in each country in Europe. Collectively, the startups on our map have raised nearly $9B in disclosed equity funding. As main highlights, the top-funded startup in Europe is Sweden-based Klarna, which offers a “buy now, pay later” e-commerce solution. The least well-funded startup on the map is Slovenia-based crypto payments solution provider Eligma, which has raised $4.4M in seed funding (see below map for a comprehensive overview). Read more

Global trends and risks in non-bank financial intermediation…

Global Monitoring Report on Non-Bank Financial Intermediation 2020 (FSB)

This report shows an assessment on the global trends and risks in non-bank financial intermediation (NBFI), covering 29 jurisdictions that account for 80% of global GDP. The trends presented in the paper bring a further understanding on the risks and vulnerabilities which became apparent during the March market turmoil. The impact of the COVID-19 shock on the NBFI sector in general and on money market funds (MMFs) specifically is analysed in two case studies. The NBFI sector – comprising mainly pension funds, insurance corporations and other financial intermediaries – has grown faster than the banking sector over the past decade. Read more

What’s new with ESG?

The Future of ESGTech 2020 (Finextra)

With financial firms undertaking ESG-driven initiatives, the advantages and risks are still debatable. Practical solutions are in need to work towards sustainable goals that can help to bring returns while also delivering positive environmental and social impact. However, there are certain questions which remain unanswered regarding the standardisation of data, in order to make it digestible for firms across the industry, such as how the user experience of reported data can be transformed to improve knowledge of risks and opportunities and what role technologies such as AI and blockchain can play. Read more

Zooming in on this year’s fintech funding highlights…

The 10 biggest fintech rounds of 2020 (Sifted)

Overall, in 2020, European fintechs raised more capital than any other industry, raising $9.4bn between January and early December, spurred by a handful of giant rounds. Further, the upcoming year is predicted to start with new deal rounds, announced in the lead up to the holiday period. The 10 biggest funding rounds in European fintech this year include names such as Klarna, Revolut, Tink, Auxmoney, Checkout, Starling and more. Read more

Overview of 2020 InsurTechs…

101 Top InsurTech Companies and Startups in the UK (Welp Magazine)

This article showcases some of the most popular players operating in the InsurTech space. The findings show companies, selected and divided across 3 categories, defined based on innovation, growth, and market position. A few of the names on the list include: ESA Business Applications, Hometree, Marmalade, Zego, InsureandGo, and more. Read more

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