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British fintech start-up TrueLayer raises $70 million to tackle Visa and Mastercard


Francesco Simoneschi, CEO and co-founder of U.Ok. fintech start-up TrueLayer.


LONDON — British monetary expertise start-up TrueLayer says it is raised $70 million in recent funding, highlighting continued urge for food from buyers for fast-growing fintech corporations.

TrueLayer lets fintech apps like Revolut and Freetrade join with clients’ financial institution accounts utilizing expertise often called APIs, or software programming interfaces. This implies customers of these apps can then make funds from their financial institution or view balances and transactions from totally different accounts.

The corporate stated its newest funding spherical was led by Addition, the enterprise capital agency based by former Tiger World accomplice Lee Fixel. Current buyers Anthemis Group, Join Ventures, Mouro Capital, Northzone and Singapore’s Temasek additionally invested.

Francesco Simoneschi, TrueLayer’s CEO and co-founder, stated in an interview that the agency determined to boost extra cash on the again of sturdy development in 2020, helped in no small half by the coronavirus pandemic and a shift from shoppers towards digital technique of managing their funds.

“We had been closing 2020 in an especially constructive method,” Simoneschi informed CNBC. “We had been going by way of an unimaginable yr of development,” he stated, including the corporate noticed its cost volumes spike as a lot as 600 instances.

TrueLayer declined to share its financials or valuation. The corporate, which additionally counts Chinese language web large Tencent as a shareholder, has now raised $142 million in funding thus far.

TrueLayer stated it would use the recent money to broaden its companies internationally, constructing out its presence in Europe first earlier than concentrating on a rollout in Australia. It is also exploring whether or not to launch in Brazil additional down the road.

Open banking

The information comes a day after Silicon Valley agency Plaid — which competes with TrueLayer in Europe — introduced it had raised $425 million in a brand new funding, valuing the corporate at $13.4 billion. Plaid had initially agreed to be acquired by Visa final yr for $5.3 billion, however scrapped the deal after the U.S. authorities raised antitrust considerations.

Plaid and TrueLayer are a part of a brand new motion in finance referred to as “open banking,” which goals to open up valuable banking information and cost companies to fintech corporations and different accepted third events, offered they have consent from clients. Different gamers within the house embrace Sweden’s Tink and Britain’s Bud. They’re benefiting from tech-friendly new rules within the U.Ok. and European Union, often called PSD2.

TrueLayer and another corporations at the moment are seeking to undercut card networks like Visa and Mastercard, by permitting fintech apps to provoke financial institution transfers on behalf of their customers, at a lot decrease charges. GoCardless, a fintech platform that processes direct debit funds, is also developing open banking technology for transactions.

“Open banking generally is a actual contender to the standard card networks,” Simoneschi stated. “The query is, can the cardboard corporations embrace this alteration, or will they resist?”

It is value noting Visa continues to be an investor in Plaid, as well as TrueLayer, which means it may benefit long run from the rise of open banking companies. In the meantime, Mastercard final yr bought Finicity, one other participant within the house.


Plaid plans to greater than double its European workforce from 40 to 100 staff by the tip of 2021.

“I feel competitors is nice and advantages the ecosystem,” Keith Grose, Plaid’s head of worldwide, informed CNBC. He added the agency has “good opponents” however that its rivals do not supply the “transatlantic bridge” it is constructed with operations in each the U.S. and Europe.

TrueLayer has plans of its personal to spice up its staff. The corporate at the moment employs 200 individuals and plans to extend its headcount by one other 50 staff this yr, Simoneschi stated.

Fintech has attracted billions of {dollars} in enterprise capital as buyers intention to capitalize on wild development within the sector. Globally, enterprise capitalists pumped over $17 billion into fintechs within the first quarter of 2021, in keeping with information from PitchBook, up 44% from the identical interval a yr earlier and the very best quarterly quantity because the second quarter of 2018. In the meantime, tech corporations like PayPal and Square have seen their market values surpass that of Wall Street titans like Goldman Sachs.

Nonetheless, the sector’s meteoric development has rattled some leaders within the banking world. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon just lately stated banks needs to be “scared s—less” of fintechs, and accused Plaid of “unfair competitors” and “improperly” utilizing banking information. Plaid, which counts JPMorgan as a consumer, stated that “information privateness and safety are core to all the pieces we do, together with the information alternate agreements we now have with JPMorgan Chase amongst many different banks.”