FINANCIAL SERVICES | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Asian fintech funding skyrocketed 740% to US$16.8b in H1

Thanks to the US$14b funding round by China's Ant Financial.

Total fintech funding in Asia skyrocketed 740% to US$16.8b in H1 2018 from a US$2b record in H2 2017, KPMG revealed.

The firm notes that the increase was mainly due to the US$14b venture capital funding round by China’s Ant Financial.

“Excluding this mega-deal, Asia still saw strong fintech investment, including QoQ increases in overall fintech investment in India, Australia, and Singapore,” the firm commented.

Following the rising global trend, median fintech VC late stage deal size in Asia increased significantly during the first half of the year from US$25m to US$37.7m which is the highest compared to all other regions.

KPMG also noted that Asia’s fintech investors continued to highly prioritize blockchain and AI, in addition to insurtech and regtech.

“In ASEAN, we are starting to see phase two of the fintech revolution with bigger Chinese fintechs setting their sights on countries in the region as the next step in their growth agenda,” KPMG Singapore head of financial services advisory Chia Tek Yew said.

Chia believes that the region is poised to become a strong stepping stone to the further global expansion due to its large population, relatively similar macroeconomics to China, large underbanked populations, and the significant population of Chinese people overseas.

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