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Fintech VC funding in the Americas and Europe break records

Monday, February 21, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

VC funding in the Americas more than doubles to record US$64.5 billion while Europe sees record-breaking VC investment even as M&A dries up.

According to a KPMG report, total fintech investment in the Americas rose from US$83.5 billion in 2020 to US$105 billion in 2021 (US$53.7 billion in H2'21).

VC funding accounted for US$64.5 billion of 2021 investment - more than double 2020's record US$24.8 billion. The US continued to attract the largest portion of fintech investment in the Americas, accounting for US$88 million in total investment during 2021 (US$44.4 billion in H2'21).

According to KPMG, in the Americas more broadly, total fintech investment soared in 2021, with investment rising to record highs in Canada (US$7 billion) and Brazil (US$5.2 billion).

Meanwhile, overall fintech investment in the EMEA region rose to a record US$77 billion in 2021 (U$29.8 billion in H2'21).

VC investment in EMEA also reached a new high of US$31.1 billion, including a US$900 million raise by Germany-based N26 and a US$800 million raise by UK-based Revolut during H2'21.

Fintech investment was incredibly robust across the region, with record levels of investment in the Nordic region (US$18.5 billion), Germany (US$5.4 billion), Ireland (US$1.6 billion), Africa (US$1.8 billion), and Israel (US$900 million).

In the meantime, after dropping to US$14.7 billion in 2020, fintech funding in the Asia-Pacific region grew to US$27.5 billion in 2021......................

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