Fintech Startup

How to Launch without FCA Authorisation

How can you launch without FCA Authorisation.  The Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA) says any firm or individual who carries out a regulated activity in the UK (this includes dual-regulated firms) must be authorised or registered by them, unless they are exempt. Any financial services firm can launch without FCA Authorisation, as an early market …

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Can Marketplace Lending Survive the Storms Ahead?

As marketplace lending has expanded at exponential rates, those early –  once favourable – sentiments towards these “new kids on the block” have hardened. The sharks are sensing the smell of future blood and are already circling in advance of an anticipated (but as yet unknown) crisis erupting that decimates those lenders associated with marketplace …

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The power of intellectual property: how to boost your intangible business assets

Whether seeking funding or looking to secure a high valuation for exit, a business’s position will always be strengthened if it can point to its IP assets.  For Fintech companies in particular, technology innovation and the associated IP rights may drive their competitive advantage.  In this article, IP lawyer Suzy Schmitz gives us a step-by-step …

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Why the Fintech Market is So Lucrative – Proving the Business Case

The Fintech market is really hot right now! Why is this the case?  In this article we explore the business case for why the Fintech market is so lucrative. How Big is  this Market The first thing that caught our eye is the fact that venture capitalists are so aggressively chasing the Fintech sector, indicating that …

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How did the Fintech Industry come about?

The Fintech industry is growing rapidly.  But how did it come about? To start your own bank, insurance company or private equity company is virtually impossible but has now become a possible reality of sorts. While the barriers to entry remain high and the veteran banking companies are controlling global finances and making huge profits …

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Fintech Taxonomy Map

Fintech is a broad category describing an entire market.  And it’s quite hard to try and get your head around this rapidly evolving market.  But knowing the landscape can have great advantages: If you are just starting out, it will give you a good idea of what’s working and what is not, and more importantly, …

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Part 4: Alternative Finance Regulations: Getting Through FCA “Interrogation”

Successfully Navigating FCA Review Process This is the final in a four part series of informative articles on regulations and the regulatory process for alternative finance businesses. A Recap In the first article, I explored why I believe regulations may have actually contributed to the exponential growth of the alternative finance sector. The second article …

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Part 3: Alternative Finance Regulations: Successful FCA Application

This is the penultimate in a four part series of informative articles on regulations and the regulatory process in the alternative finance market.  Previous articles made it to the “Most Read” section of AltFi.com, highlighting the importance of this topic.  A Recap In the first in this series we put forward the argument that regulation …

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Part 2: Alternative Finance Regulations: Route to Regulatory Success

This is the second in the four part series on alternative finance regulations and regulatory approval. Missed the first article?  Click here to access it here https://www.vedanvi.com/alternative-finance-regulations/. A Recap  Key points in the first article: Regulations can be onerous, but they have helped to boost this sector on an exponential growth trajectory; They present a …

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Part 1: Alternative Finance Regulation: Biggest Hurdle or Opportunity? You Decide:

You already know that the alternative finance industry is booming.  This is true for all sectors, regardless of whether it’s peer to peer lending, peer to business lending, invoice financing, crowdfunding, or alternate forms of currency exchange and asset management models.  According to the Liberium AltFi Volume Index UK, the Peer to Peer lending market …

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