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Brain Food - 04.01.17

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January 4 · Issue #15 · View online
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Brain Food - 04.01.17
Important News
Neil Woodford ups his stake in Horizon Discovery Group PLC
Watchdog questions MasterCard takeover of VocaLink
RBS hit as Williams & Glyn sale faces more obstacles
China launches $1.5bn FinTech fund
Bitcoin jumps above $1,000 for first time in three years
N.J. bank keeps turning out new approaches
J.C. Flowers reaches $628M with latest vehicle
Financial Services
Why Santander and HSBC invest in Tradeshift
Sberbank and Sistema team up to create adtech leader and monetize Big Data at an unknown scale
BNP Paribas Unveils Open Innovation Project, Facilitating FinTech Support
The Payments Industry Must Migrate to a Single Platform
Global FinTech Funding Reached $36 Bn in 2016 With Payments Companies Securing 40% of Total Funds
The unbankable banked
Yes Bank uses blockchain to help client with vendor financing
Deal News
SIA Announces Completion of the Acquisition From Unicredit of E-Money Processing Activities in Italy, Germany and Austria
Volkswagen purchases PayByPhone for parking
Raise acquires New York-based Slide app
Spruce Closes $105.4MM Debt Financing Facility
Axoni Completes $18M Series A Financing
Nutmeg Raises Additional £12M in Series D Funding
Polychain Capital Raises £10M in VC Funding
Parking App ParqEx Raises $1.3M to Be the Airbnb for Parking
Bill and Melinda Gates back an implant that could prevent HIV
House of Fraser invests £35m in neobank Tandem
Monese raises $10m to expand mobile banking service for immigrants into Europe
Indifi Technologies Raises $10M in Series B Funding
BitPagos, now Ripio, lands $1.9M to promote financial inclusion in South America using bitcoin
Paytm gets RBI nod for payments bank launch
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