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Financial Technology Sector Update Q2 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Financial Technology midyear update details activity in the financial technology sector, and highlights the M&A and capital markets trends related to financial technology companies.

Market volatility increased as the midyear point approached, driven largely by the oscillating financial crisis in Greece and a rapid and unprecedented correction in Chinese equity markets. However, global M&A and capital markets activity have remained strong, particularly in the United States.

Across the sector, technological innovation remains a key driver of growth, and favorable secular trends are as strong as ever. Prospects remain extremely attractive for financial technology companies looking to monetize their achievements or raise capital. Demand for sector investments remains strong across the public, venture, and private equity communities, particularly in the emerging high-growth areas of mobile payments, personal wealth management, and online/marketplace lenders.

While tech giants making escalating bets on mobile payment solutions was a prominent trend during the first quarter, as the year progressed, the sector’s primary storyline has shifted toward a resurgence in prospective IPOs. This is highlighted by PayPal’s spin-off from eBay, which immediately made it one of the largest publicly traded payment providers globally, in terms of market capitalization.

Each quarter, William Blair’s Financial Technology report documents the M&A activity for the financial technology sector, providing insight into notable deals, the most recent trends, and what can be expected in the coming months.

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