Here is the key fintech and digital banking news this week: Rappi launches a bank in Brazil; AlphaCredit receives capital for US$ 25M.
Rappi, the Colombian super app, has launched a digital bank in Brazil, RappiBank. The first product is a loan for companies associated with the platform, and during 2021 the bank will roll out credit cards and accounts. In parallel, Rappi has requested authorization from the Central Bank to act as a payment institution and SCD (Sociedade de Crédito Direto), and to be able to lend its own money.
Mexican lending fintech AlphaCredit has closed a structured financing agreement for US$ 25 million with Morgan Stanley Senior Funding. The loan will help it expand in Mexico and Colombia.
Pluggy, a startup that offers open banking infrastructure to connect programmers, banks and companies, says it is on track for revenue of US$ 1 million, with a model that facilitates access to information through APIs.
Claudio Rodrigues Oliveira, the former manager of digital transformation of Interbank Peru, has just been recruited by Banco Ripley de Chile to occupy the position of chief technology officer.
A group of investment banks in The Bahamas, Barbados and the Cayman Islands, has partnered with Bitt, a fintech company, to facilitate cross-border transactions based on digital currencies on its network in the Caribbean.
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