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金融科技创企Revolut计划再度融资5亿美元

近日有消息称,英国金融科技创业公司Revolut已经开始了总额5亿美元(约合3.89亿英镑)的D轮融资,投资方包括软银集团等国际大型投资机构,目前尚不清楚Revolut此前的投资者(包括Index Ventures、Draper Esprit和DST Global)是否会签约下一轮。。

据悉,本次融资的主要目的是进行国际市场扩张,比如Revolut目前已经计划明年年初在美国推出其移动银行应用程序。

在美国拓展业务并不容易,由于严苛的监管要求,Revolut此前几次登陆美国市场的计划都不了了之。

除美国市场外,Revolut已经拓展到了澳大利亚和日本等国际市场。

其实就在不到七个月前,Revolut刚刚完成了2.5亿美元的融资,这也使得该公司市值突破17亿美元,成功跻身独角兽创企之列。

今年早些时候,软银集团曾表示,将会从总额1000亿美元的愿景基金中划拨2亿美元投资金融科技领域。比如,目前软银已经对英国新兴数字银行Oaknorth进行了投资。

最近几个月,愿景基金和软银集团收到了不少额外关注,而这主要与沙特阿拉伯的公共投资基金(PIF)有关。

著名记者Jamal Khashoggi“意外身亡”一事让沙特阿拉伯饱受国际社会舆论谴责。包括特斯拉首席执行官Elon Musk和优步首席执行官Dara Khosrowshahi在内的多位科技领军人士都表示,会在未来企业融资时慎重考虑是否吸纳来自愿景基金的融资。

 

 

British fintech startup Revolut is raising a $500m (£389m) series D round from the likes of Japanese mega-investor Softbank, in order to fuel its aggressive expansion plans.

Several sources have told City A.M. that the deal is set to close early next year, as Revolut tries to launch its banking app in the US, one of fintech’s most notoriously hard to crack markets.

The move comes less than seven months since Revolut closed its last funding round at $250m, which valued the London startup at $1.7bn as a so-called unicorn company.

It is not known whether Revolut’s previous backers, which include Index Ventures, Draper Esprit and DST Global, will sign on to its next round.

Revolut’s expansion into the US comes as it also expands into other geographies, including Australia and Japan. However the price of doing business in the US comes at a high cost, with Revolut’s launch across the pond already having been pushed back several times due to its stringent regulatory environment.

Softbank said earlier this year that it was looking to deploy around $200m into fintech from its $100bn Vision Fund, and was reported by Sky News to have explored a similar investment in UK challenger bank Oaknorth.

The Vision Fund and Softbank have been under increasing scrutiny in recent months, as a significant portion of its backing is sourced from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).

Saudi Arabia has been heavily criticised for its role in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in September. High-profile tech figures, including Tesla chief Elon Musk and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, have said they would reconsider any involvement of the Vision Fund in future fundraising.

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