Axis Bank open to partnering with Paytm for new business: CEO Amitabh Chaudhry

Axis Bank, which claims leadership in the merchant acquiring space, is in talks with Paytm regarding partnerships across business lines. The bank, which has partnered with Paytm earlier, is now discussing newer areas for collaboration following RBI’s action against Paytm Payments Bank in Jan. Axis Bank MD & CEO Amitabh Chaudhry told reporters that any … Read more

Paytm taps ex-Sebi boss, others for advice

Paytm’s parent One 97 Communications Ltd on Friday said it has formed an advisory committee chaired by M. Damodaran, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). The committee will work with the One97 board on strengthening compliance and regulatory matters. The committee will also include M.M. Chitale, former president of the … Read more

RBI takes stringent action against Paytm Payments Bank

Paytm group is not new to RBI’s penal actions. Check Paytm’s track for details. Earlier in March 2022, RBI had stopped Paytm Payments Bank (PPB) from onboarding new customers due to certain material supervisory concerns. The regulator had then directed the bank to appoint a reputed external auditor to conduct a comprehensive audit of it’s … Read more

Jio Financial shifting focus from unsecured to secured

Jio Financial Service (JFS) had earlier planned to concentrate on unsecured lending. Now it has decided to shift focus towards secured loans, including leasing. (It has also set up a 100% leasing subsidiary to undertake lease operations) “Large opportunity in the secured lending space. Noticeable market reaction vis-à-vis unsecured lending leading to calibrated approach towards … Read more

RBI reviews regulatory structure for HFCs

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday took another step to harmonize regulations applicable to mortgage financiers and other non-bank lenders, proposing higher liquid assets to back deposits at housing finance companies, smaller aggregate deposits as a proportion of their own capital, and allowing them to issue co-branded credit cards. These are part of … Read more

Reserve Bank of India tightens connected lending norms

The Reserve Bank of India has decided to tighten the connected lending norms to prevent instances where persons in power who influence lending decisions have close connections with borrowers. The regulator has also decided to come out with a unified regulatory framework on connected lending for all the regulated entities to avoid gaps in regulation. … Read more

Rural fintech firm Navadhan raises $5 mn from Prime Venture Partners, others

Rural fintech firm Navadhan has raised $5 million (about ₹40 crore) in a pre-Series A round led by Prime Venture Partners. Existing investors Gemba Capital and Varanium NexGen Fintech Fund also participated. The new funds will be used to enhance the company’s AceN tech platform, which connects small, rural businesses with NBFCs and banks, and … Read more

AU buys an SFB focused on microfinance

AU Small Finance Bank (AU) is acquiring Fincare Small Finance Bank (Fincare) in a 100% share swap transaction. Fincare is a rural microfinance focused business with 15+ years of experience Microfinance is 53.9% of advances, followed by 18.9% Small Business Loans, 14.2% Home Loans, 10.2% Gold Loans and 2.6% others It’s majorly focused on South … Read more