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First new clearing bank in 250 years enters UK market, ClearBank

Nick Ogden, ClearBank

As first reported by Banking Technology, there is a newcomer on the UK challenger bank scene, ClearBank. The bank has now gone on the record about its focus and strategy. ClearBank will be a bank for banks, FIs and fintechs, i.e. a clearing bank, offering customers access to UK payment systems and core banking technology to support current account capabilities.

Top five banking tech case studies in 2016

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Our pick of banking tech and fintech case studies – published by Banking Technology in 2016.

Lender firm Zopa to launch new digital bank

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The “world’s first” peer-to-peer lender Zopa plans to launch a new digital-only bank in the UK. The application for a banking licence will be made to the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The firm says the regulatory application process should take about 15-24 months. Jaidev Janardana, CEO of Zopa, says […]

UK challenger Amicus applies for banking licence

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Amicus Finance, a UK financial services group, has submitted a banking licence application to the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). It hopes to get the banking licence in 2017. In advance of authorisation, Amicus will convert £30 million of the debt currently used to fund its lending activities into equity […]

Italy’s FinecoBank to expand to UK

FinecoBank has its sights set on the UK

The UK’s challenger bank sector is set to gain another player. Unicredit’s subsidiary, FinecoBank, is coming to the UK this autumn, according to City AM. FinecoBank has been around since the late 1990s and today has over 1.1 million clients in its home market of Italy and €55 billion of assets. Alessandro Foti, CEO and […]

Vermilion secures asset manager in Australia for reporting

Vermilion Software

Vermilion Software, a UK-based supplier of client reporting and communications software, has been selected by one of the largest investment managers in Australia, Challenger. Challenger has chosen Vermilion Reporting Suite for its institutional client base. David Mackaway, general manager of operations at Challenger, says: “Vermilion’s multi-tenanted approach will enhance our ability to deliver reporting for […]

Masthaven receives UK banking licence; implements new core system

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Masthaven Finance, a UK-based specialist mortgage lender, has joined the “challenger banks” rush and secured a banking licence. It plans to open for business this summer. The new bank will offer mortgages and savings products to retail customers who struggle to get service from mainstream banks and lenders. These products will include specialist mortgages and […]

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