Money2020: The Rise of Corporate VCs

ICON's Head of FinTech Eddie Harding is delighted to host a panel session at Money2020 with some of the biggest names in Corporate Venture Capital: Japanese eCommerce giant - Rakuten's Oskar Miel , the corporate venture capital arm of BBVA - Propel Venture Partners with Ryan Gilbert, IBM Ventures' Christoph Auer-Welsbach, Deutsche Telekom's  Thomas Preuss and matteorizzi all join the line up. Money2020 is the worlds largest FinTech event, 26th - 28th June 2017. Speakers ... read more


Apple Bank here we come

Great post by Aki Ranin, COO at Bambu worth sharing...... At the annual developer conference WWDC, Apple announced their next move into the world of Financial Services. If you thought Apple Pay was as far as they would go, you were mistaken. Sorely mistaken! Enter the "Apple Pay Cash Card" According to the limited information available, Apple will automatically issue a virtual payment card to all iOS users, allowing them to ... read more


European FinTech M&A 2016-17

The Payments Sector was by far the most active sector within European FinTech M&A deals, the pace of exits is no surprise given the weight of funding that has gone into the sector. RegTech deals are also on the rise, hitting a 5 year high. We are also seeing big moves in Wealth Management and Banking M&A. Highlights 2016/2017 include: Payment giant, MasterCard’s acquisition of payment platform VocaLink for £868m Swedish ... read more


To Beat Them, Join them

M&A is reshaping the FinTech Landscape as the sector matures and key players - established and emergent- realise their limitations. Entrepreneurs have to make a big call as to whether they just purely go to institutional investors or go to corporates. This article by Grant Murgatroyd originally appeared in Corporate Financier, May 2017 Read the full article here >> read more


ICON’s Eddie Harding shortlisted for prestigious Finance Monthly M&A Award

We are delighted to announce that Eddie Harding, Partner at ICON Corporate Finance has been shortlisted for Deal Maker of the Year 2017. Alan Bristow, Founder and CEO of ICON, commented: “We are delighted to be shortlisted and included in categories which recognise our firm, deal transactions and individual staff achievements. The last year was a very exciting year for us and this momentum continues into 2017. ICON has recently ... read more


Aberdeen set to pay £55.4m for Parmenion as platform ‘exceeds expectations’

Aberdeen Asset Management expects the total price of buying Parmenion to rise to £55.4 million after the platform 'exceeded expectations'. In a half-year report published today, Aberdeen said it has increased the expected add-on costs by £5.4 million since last September. This means total add-on payments for the platform will hit £15.7 million. Aberdeen paid an initial cash fee of £39.7 million to buy Parmenion in 2016, meaning in total ... read more


Doctor Care Anywhere partners with Aetna International

Doctor Care Anywhere partners with Aetna International to make its virtual doctor service available 24 hours a day to international patients. Doctor Care Anywhere, the doctor-founded digital healthcare company, has partnered with Aetna International, one of the world’s largest health benefits businesses. Together, they are working towards making a virtual doctor service available to Aetna’s extensive book of leading corporate clients. Following the success of an on-going pilot programme, which ... read more


The Future of Banking – Monetising the Opportunity of Digital

In a survey release by Mysis and Finextra, Banks clearly ranked FinTech collaboration through open banking, APIs, cloud and apps as the technology that will have the biggest impact on the value added services they provide their corporate customers during the next five years. Followed by the impact of AI and Blockchain. Read more >> read more