Australia recognised as “strong fintech hub” globally

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While merger and acquisition activity has slowed, venture capital investment in Australia’s fintech sector has charged ahead, up 153% year on year according to KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech report.

Investment in the sector reached $522.4m in the first half of 2020. Thus far this year, the largest fintech transactions regarded Airwallex and Judo Bank, with the former group raising $222m in venture capital investment and the latter receiving $203.4m from private equity investors.

 “Australia is showing itself to be a strong fintech hub globally, with solid investments in H1’20 despite rising pandemic concerns,” said Dan Teper, KPMG Australia partner and head of fintech.

“As fintechs in Australia aggressively work to scale and maturity, they are expected to drive increasing investment in the space. Additional offshore acquisitions are also expected as fintechs target international growth.”

Over the first half of 2020, the Australian government was among the many around the world which actively pushed their fintech agendas forward.

In March, Australia re-opened submissions to its Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology to better understand how COVID-19 has impacted the sector and to identify how support can be “rapidly deployed”.

“Government is continuing to play a key role in supporting the growth …

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