article / 22 Nov 2022
FinTech Report 2022
Yet a strange year has passed since the last FinTech Report (2021) and I believe most people will remember this year as the year Russia invaded Ukraine (and the western world’s response [sanctions] to Russia’s military aggressions).
However, it is also a year which started out with an overwhelming optimism in the market, including a feeling of “the sky is the limit” in the sector, which suddenly turned into a possible recession around the corner. We expect investors to be pickier in the near future and it is likely that smaller and fewer checks will be written. Looking back, recent developments can only be defined by one word: unexpected. Thus, we have, over the last period, seen a declining desire to invest and the window for IPOs seems to be closed. On the other hand, we still see an ongoing strength in the payments sector and cross border payment projects, including talks about e-wallets and e-identification, as well as a growing appetite from foreign jurisdictions to make fintech investments in smaller deals, and VC rounds. As a reflection of the events in the past year, we see a significant increase in the focus of cyber security as well as national security interests.
This report aims to be a source for insights and inspiration into Swedish Fintech ecosystem for all categories, i.e. lawyers, investors, entrepreneurs/start-ups, established corporates /banks etc. In light of this, our FinTech Report 2022 has focused on subjects that we believe are ”hot” and interesting, reflecting on the unpredictable era we currently are in.
Without any further delay, it is our pleasure to present the new issue of Setterwalls’ FinTech Report. We hope that you will enjoy it.
- The upcoming EU Crypto Asset Regulation (MiCA)– are NFTs to be regulated like crypto?
- Payment Service Providers – Are you (really) ready for the new proposed SCA requirements?
- The European Digital Wallet – an opportunity for FinTechs and established institutions alike
- Softening the blow? Potential limitations of applying GDPR fines under Swedish constitutional and administrative procedure law
- Amazon going biometric – pay with the palm of your hand
- Is the insurance and reinsurance sector up to date on the EIOPA Guidelines on outsourcing?
- Focus on protective security compliance increases – what to expect from the SFSA?
Partner, and Head of Setterwalls’ FinTech team