Total global fintech investment remained high in 2019 with over $135.7 billion invested globally across M&A, PE and VC deals. Payments and digital banking remained the hottest area of fintech investment globally, significantly focusing on mature startups working to expand geographically or to grow their product breadth. Proptech and insurtech investments were also quite strong in 2019, while regtech saw a record number of deals despite a decline in total investment. At a technology level, cybersecurity-focused fintech companies grew substantially on the radar of investors, while blockchain continued to attract a significant amount of attention.
The extremely high success was driven primarily by the $42.5 billion acquisition of payments processing company Worldpay by Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) in July. Flourishing innovation ecosystems in numerous European countries, the broadening scope of fintech offerings, and growing attention from global investors looking for opportunities also helped spark investment. The growing maturity of fintech markets across the region and the need for financial institutions to up their game also helped drive investor interest in fintechs. The top fintech deals in Europe in 2019 were diverse both geographically and from a solutions perspective. In 2020 fintech investment is expected to remain robust in Europe, with maturing fintechs able to attract larger deals.
Despite the slight drop in 2019 on a global level, fintech investment remained more than double every year prior to 2018, highlighting the enormous strength of the global fintech market. Two deals drove a significant proportion of this investment: the acquisition of Worldpay by Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) and the acquisition of First Data by Fiserv.
In 2019 the Americas and Europe set new records for fintech investment. Despite Asia saw a decline in fintech investment year over year, results were quite steady compared to historical norms outside of the outlier Q2’18.
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