UK fintech scores the global top spot for investment in the first half of 2018

The UK has attracted more investment in fintech than any other country worldwide for the first half of the year, raking in $16.1bn (£12.3bn).

China came in second place with $15.1bn, followed by the US with $14.2bn.

Four of Europe’s top 10 fintech deals happened in the UK, which included a $250m raise by Revolut, $100m by eToro, $60m by Flender and $54m by Moneyfarm. Data provided by KPMG’s pulse of fintech report has allayed fears that Brexit would hurt the UK’s startup scene, as venture capital firms have cemented the UK’s position as a funding hot spot.

Fintech investment across the world reached record levels over the last six months, taking in $57.9bn across 875 deals. This was an increase of 34.2 per cent compared to the whole of 2017, which recorded just $38.1bn overall.

“The year has got off to an exceptionally strong start for the fintech sector,” said Anton Ruddenklau, KPMG Fintech’s global co-lead.

“In addition to the bullish levels of investment the UK has attracted, our fintech sector has also benefitted from the government’s continued support with the launch of the Fintech Sector Strategy.”

UK-based firm Vantiv’s acquisition of Worldpay for $12.9bn was the UK’s biggest deal in the first half of the year, with Sweden leading other major buyouts in Europe including Izettle and Nordax Group.

Investment in Asia surged from $2bn in the second half of 2017 to $16.8bn in the last six months, powered by Ant Financial’s $14bn series C round.

Europe scored $26bn in investment, making it the top continent for fintech so far this year.

In the UK, artificial intelligence and robotic process automation continued to be hot areas for investment, with regtech catching up thanks to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation.

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