Financial technology, often referred to as FinTech, is the marriage between financial and technology services.  The FinTech offering seeks to provide innovative alternatives to traditional methods in the delivery of financial services.  On Wednesday, 28 August 2019, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa will host a seminar focusing on the impact of FinTech within the legal industry. More information on the FinTech seminar is available here.

As a lead up to the seminar, this blog series aims to provide an introduction to FinTech, as well as an insight into the different categories that sit within the ambit of the broader FinTech offering. These include: lending, payments, wealth management and personal finance, digital currencies and blockchain, and banking.

Within each of these categories, FinTech companies can improve a product or service by either making it cheaper and easier to use, and/or by making it available to more people – thus ‘disrupting’ already established financial institutions, from the perspectives of both cost and product offering (FinTech companies are providing new types of services, and are able to appeal to previously untapped markets).

The inherent efficiencies of FinTech are evidenced by industry projections that the global FinTech market will be worth USD 305.7 billion by 2023[1].  On the local front, a recent EY report[2] projects South Africa’s FinTech adoption rate as above the global average. This dramatic growth of the FinTech offering has highlighted the need for companies looking to utilise these technical innovations to be aware of the complex and rapidly changing legal and regulatory landscape.

Join us over the next few weeks as we delve into more specific FinTech topics, including regulatory oversight, consumer protections, blockchain, licensing regimes and the internet of things.


[2] EY FinTech Adoption Index 2019