They may not have the brand recognition of fintech up-and-comers in the consumer finance space, but there are many capital markets-focused fintech start-ups that are well placed to disrupt or transform business in the wholesale markets.
Finding the best of these prospects is no easy task. Ask around Europe’s innovation hubs and there is little agreement as to which firms are set to succeed in the coming years. FN spoke to dozens of venture capitalists, fintech leaders, bankers, lawyers and other advisers. We asked them which firms had caught their attention, which entrepreneurs had earned their respect and which business models stood the best chance of performing well as the financial markets continue to be reshaped by regulation.
With 65 suggestions, we then narrowed the list down to 10. We have taken into account the growth of the companies and the strength of their revenue generation, the reputation and track-record of the founders, many of whom spent years honing their craft in some of the world’s biggest financial groups, and whether the start-up has received influential backing.
The final list includes a selection of firms that reflects the shifting regulatory landscape, with around half focused on areas where new rules are offering opportunities for new entrants.
They tend to have received a seal of approval from some of the best investors, with founders that have experience of the wider financial market and an understanding of the complex nature of banks.
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