The facial skin of customer finance is evolving

Finance institutions M&A sector styles: consumer finance — H2 and outlook

Specialty finance is currently regarded as a conventional way to obtain credit by SMEs, that has encouraged the growth that is rapid of platforms and success of direct-lending funds across European countries. Specialty finance will flourish as credit evaluation criteria continue steadily to hamper founded banking institutions.

Ashley Ballard Partner, London EMEA M&A Group

Customer finance:* Credit cards/Consumer credit

  • Deal task credit that is involving organizations blooms — trade consolidators, monetary sponsors and big banking institutions see possibilities
  • Purchasers scrutinise historic compliance weaknesses/strengths in addition to prospective effect of every future regulatory changes before you take the plunge



Trade consolidator and late-stage PE-led M&A


  • Healthier customer appetite from:
    • Trade consolidators — looking for scale and product range
    • Financial sponsors— disrupting incumbents that are sleepy switching an income
    • Big banks— international publicity and use of new cross-selling opportunities
  • Vendors experiencing the stress:
    • To offload “riskier” consumer credit offerings
    • From regulators for increased market competition
  • Increase of white-labelling models


  • Competition from brand brand new fintech entrants, keen to expand into banking services and products ( e.g., Klarna, Marqeta, etc.)
  • Increasing dangers connected with card organizations:
    • Heightened regulator intervention in M&A ( ag e.g., UK CMA’s stage 2 report on PayPal’s purchase of iZettle)
    • Heightened regulator intervention in functional things ( e.g., European Commission’s probe into interchange charges charged on tourists’ card re payments)
    • Heightened government social prerogatives ( e.g., proposal for stricter mandatory credit evaluation rules for credit rating in Norway)
    • Heightened litigation risk—retailers clubbing together to get rid of abusive bagehaviour that is dominante.g., Visa’s and MasterCard’s ongoing appropriate battle associated with illegal swipe cost amounts)

Our M&A forecast

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