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Fintech Daily Information Briefing on [April 20, 2021]

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[1]. MasterCard acquires digital identity service platform ekata

On April 19, 2021, MasterCard announced the acquisition of ekata, a digital authentication service platform, for $850 million. Founded in 2019, ekata serves all kinds of financial institutions, travel agencies, digital currency platforms, etc. through its API and SaaS solutions, ekata helps customer organizations distinguish the reputation level of consumers and enterprises during account opening, payment and digital platform interaction, and make more intelligent decisions.

[2]. Clubhouse completed round C financing with a valuation of US $4 billion

According to reports, clubhouse has completed round C financing led by Andrew Chen, partner of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, and participated by DST global and tiger global. The specific amount of financing has not been disclosed. However, according to people familiar with the matter, the valuation of clubhouse in this round of financing has reached $4 billion.

[3]. British digital bank starling bank receives investment of 50 million pounds from Goldman Sachs

On April 19, 2021, the UK digital bank starling bank announced that it had received 50 million pounds (about 69 million US dollars) from Goldman Sachs growth equity. Starling bank said the investment was an extension of the bank’s oversubscribed round D financing. At present, the total amount of round D financing of this emerging banking institution has reached 322 million pounds. Starling bank is one of the largest digital banks in the UK, with a total of 2 million users and deposits of over 6 billion pounds.

[4]. PwC: Bahamas, Cambodia and China are among the top three in the maturity ranking of retail CBDC

PwC pointed out in its central bank digital currency (CBDC) report that more than 60 central banks are exploring CBDC. Among them, the Bahamas, Cambodia and China ranked in the top three in terms of maturity of retail CBDC. In terms of inter-bank or wholesale central bank digital currency projects, Thailand and Hong Kong, China ranked first, followed by Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom. In addition, only 23% of retail projects have entered the implementation stage, and nearly 70% of wholesale projects are in the pilot stage.

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