KPMG International has announced the acquisition of Matchi, a leading matchmaking platform that connects insurers and other financial institutions with carefully vetted fintech companies worldwide. KPMG has worked with Matchi since 2015; today’s acquisition cements that relationship in anticipation of increased client demand for fintech alliances.
Murray Raisbeck, head of insurance innovation, KPMG UK, said: “Whilst a lot of insurance companies are building their own tech teams, we are increasingly finding firms opt for partnerships to speed up on-boarding and deliver specific projects without adding long-term cost. Building capabilities internally can also hinder the main appeal of a fintech – speed and agility - as the tech teams find their processes slow to the pace of the incumbent. The Matchi platform offers a more rigorous approach than fintech databases that merely provide a list. It is designed to identify, match and enable collaboration with the most innovative fintechs and solutions to address specific issues being faced by financial institutions.”
Matchi includes more than 2,500 fintech companies offering innovative solutions to legacy problems or launching ventures into new markets. The platform allows financial institutions to search for a specific company or product, or to use the proprietary “Innovation Challenge” to present specific problems to the fintech community and receive recommendations on solutions. In this way, firms can access the brightest and best thinking to address their challenges.
Warren Mead, global co-lead fintech, KPMG, comments, “Through 2015 and 2016, a total of $71bn was invested in fintechs globally as traditional financial services companies increasingly recognised tech innovation as the best way to remain relevant, manage compliance and cut costs. As we enter the new world of open banking and PSD2, innovation will become even more relevant so we are investing today to make building partnerships as easy as possible for clients and stakeholders. Firms can’t possibly filter the thousands of fintechs on the market so KPMG’s Matchi platform will help them block out the noise and focus on what will work.”
“Combining the Matchi platform with the knowledge and skills of KPMG professionals creates a powerful fintech resource,” says David Milligan, Matchi CEO. “Together, we are positioned to help clients find and deploy the fintech solutions that are most relevant to their business needs. We are fulfilling the promise of collaboration between financial institutions and fintech firms, which can ultimately benefit all consumers and businesses.”
Matchi is a global fintech innovation match-making firm, since 2013. Matchi has worked with over 100 leading banks and insurance companies (FIs) around the world, and has a database of over 2,500 fintech firms with 700+ curated solutions. Matchi provides both a searchable, highly-detailed portal of fintech solutions, as well as bespoke projects for FI clients to source targeted fintech solutions aimed at the FIs focus areas / pain points. The global Matchi team has run Fintech Challenges and Market Scans for multiple FIs around the world, in markets as diverse as Africa, Japan, Canada, Mauritius and India, as well as searches in more recognized fintech regions.
The financial services sector is transforming with the emergence of innovative products and solutions. This wave of innovation is primarily driven by changing customer expectations and continued regulatory and cost pressures. KPMG professionals are passionate about supporting clients to successfully navigate this transformation, working directly with emerging fintechs through 26 global fintech hubs. KPMG professionals also bring their global fintech insight to financial institutions, helping them fully realize the potential fintech has to grow their business, meet customer demands, and help them stay relevant and competitive.
KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 13,500 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a revenue of £2.07 billion in the year ended 30 September 2016. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 152 countries and has 189,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.