594. News: Fintech funding ramps up as Brex, Qonto and others all hit record valuations

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Benjamin Ensor and Nasir Ahmad are joined by some great guests, from Wahed and CCG Catalyst, to talk about some of the most interesting stories of the last 7 days, including: Fintech Brex confirms $12.3B valuation, Wahed Debuts First Shariah-Compliant and ESG-Aware ETF on Nasdaq, and Revolut launches as a bank in 10 Western European countries. All of this and much much more on today's episode!

Our expert hosts, Benjamin Ensor and Nasir Ahmad, are joined by some great guests to talk about the most notable fintech, financial services and banking news from the past week. This week's guests include:

  • Samim Abedi, Chief Investment Officer at Wahed
  • Kate Drew, Director of Research, CCG Catalyst

We cover the following stories from the fintech and financial services space:

  • Fintech Brex confirms $12.3B valuation, AND snaps up Meta exec to serve as its head of product - 2:50
  • Wahed Debuts First Shariah-Compliant and ESG-Aware ETF on Nasdaq - 14:50
  • Business banking startup Qonto raises $552 million at $5 billion valuation - 29:14
  • Revolut launches as a bank in 10 Western European countries - 35:45
  • UK FS regulator takes aim at cloud giants - 47:14
  • Citi to sack unvaccinated staff at the end of the month - 48:42
  • UK parliament launches crypto group - 50:50
  • A technical issue sees a bank accidentally hand out £130m on Christmas morning - 52:40

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Special Guests: Kate Drew and Samim Abedi.