Konsentus announced today that it has acquired Open Banking Europe S.A.S. from PRETA.

Open Banking Europe S.A.S., a 100% owned subsidiary of Konsentus Limited, will remain a separate operating entity which will continue to be led by John Broxis. The software solutions of Open Banking Europe will be directly integrated into the Konsentus business.

Formed in June 2017, the Open Banking Europe (OBE) initiative has been hugely successful in bringing together market participants to turn regulatory requirements into operational reality. The initiative provides its members with a collaborative environment to identify market issues and problems, championing awareness and creating solutions via guidance,
standards and tools.

Konsentus was launched in 2018 to enable the safe and secure exchange of data and funds complying with PSD2 open banking access to accounts. The Directors, Mike Woods and Brendan Jones, recognised the need for a real-time, online solution to protect financial institutions against PSD2 Open Banking fraud. This also presented them with a global opportunity to be a leader in the provision of solutions and services for open banking,
finance and data.

Like Konsentus, OBE identified the need for a single, standardised, trusted and machine-readable repository of regulatory data related to third-party providers (TPPs), which led to the set-up of the OBE ‘Regulatory Directory’. The Directory consolidates information from the National Competent Authority registers, making it available in a way that is easy to access and process. It is used by over 500 of the largest financial institutions across Europe to support PSD2 access to account compliance processes.

Through a close co-operation with Konsentus over the coming months, PRETA, a fully-owned subsidiary of EBA CLEARING, will strive to ensure a smooth operational handover for all parties involved.

The Open Banking Europe Community will complement the work Konsentus is already doing to support the safe and secure exchange of financial and non-financial information between payment service providers and other market players for the benefit of the wider digital
economy.

Mike Woods, CEO, Konsentus, stated “Working with PRETA’s Open Banking Europe was an obvious next step to accelerate our European expansion and cement our position as market leader. We are delighted to welcome the clients of PRETA OBE to Konsentus and are proud that over 500 financial institutions, including some of the biggest and most
prestigious banks within Europe, will also become Konsentus clients. I am delighted that John Broxis, who was Managing Director of PRETA’s Open Banking Europe initiative, is joining the Konsentus team, which will ensure a smooth transition. In addition, his vast industry expertise will be invaluable in uniting the open banking ecosystem and global
community.”

Giorgio Ferrero, PRETA commented, “We identified the need for Open Banking Europe to grow beyond its incubation stage and move to the next level in an accelerated manner. With their global expansion plans, product pipeline and fast-growing partner and customer base, Konsentus is well-placed to pursue the initial ambition for OBE Europe to boost safe and
secure Open Banking globally. We are pleased to bring our OBE clients to this thriving environment, where they will continue to be well served by Konsentus and John Broxis, and can benefit from new and innovative Open Banking services on a European and global scale.”

 

Microblink’s Head of Marketing Nina Šuljak is interviewed by The Fintech Power 50 Christophe Langlois at Finovate Europe 2019. They talked about identity onboarding, on device processing and augmented reality.

Microblink LogoMicroblink is an R&D company developing proprietary computer vision technology optimised for realtime processing on mobile devices. Advanced neural networks and deep learning techniques are used to process the fastest and the most accurate text recognition locally on a mobile device.

The Fintech Power 50 team came in numbers to promote our fintech collective, distribute our annual guide and interview a broad range of innovative demoing companies at Finovate Europe 2019 in London. Christophe Langlois, the CMO of the Fintech Power 50, caught up with Microblink’s Head of Marketing Nina Šuljak.

Microblink Interview at Finovate Europe 2019

We invite you to watch the short video Christophe shot on the floor at Finovate Europe 2019 with Nina Šuljak

 To make it even easier for you to watch the video, we invite you to click on any of the time stamps below:

  1. The Demo
  2. About Microblink
  3. Why Finovate
  4. Key challenges for Microblink in 2019

Become a The Fintech Power 50 Member

We thrive to help the best fintech companies on the market to drive their brand awareness and accelerate their growth all over the world. Each year, our carefully selected cohort of 40 fintech firms and 10 influencers will benefit from the inclusion in our annual guide which is available online and distributed all over the world via our 40+ media partnerships with the likes of Money 20/20 and Finovate.

We will also help them to exhibit at those events in a more cost-effective fashion and connect them with the trusted network of contacts in the global financial services industry our co-founders and CMO have built over the last 20 years. Those were the nominees for our inaugural 2018-2019 cohort. We will open this year’s nomination process very shortly, but if you believe your company oughts to join our fintech collective for 2019-2020, we invite you to contact us today!

It was a real pleasure to interview Microblink Nina Šuljak at Finovate Europe 2019. I was most impressed how fast their scanning technology works and their focus on security via on device data processing.

What are YOUR VIEWS on Microblink and Finovate Europe 2019? We invite you to leave a comment below, tweet us or connect on LinkedIn.    

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