Investment Banking

William Blair FinTech: 2020 in Review

The push toward automation, digitalization, and predictive analytics across all aspects of financial services gained momentum during the pandemic. This has set the stage for what should be an incredibly active year in 2021 in terms of consolidation and capital raising.

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We expect fintech’s strong momentum—and the associated M&A and capital-raising activity—to continue in 2021. In addition to the tailwinds related to the pandemic, constituents across all aspects of the financial services ecosystem are looking to capitalize on increased consumer-facing digitization and back-office automation as well as the broader technological evolution of financial services. On the heels of an extremely active year for William Blair’s fintech investment banking team in 2020, we examine the sub-verticals that are poised to generate the most interest from strategic acquirers and financial sponsors in 2021.

Segments in focus:

  • Payments technology: software-led payments and B2B payments automation
  • Governance, risk, and compliance
  • Banking and mortgage technology
  • Insurance technology
  • Human resources technology

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