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Danske Bank invests in United Fintech and joins board to digitally support its Forward ’28 strategy

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark, May 7, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Joining United Fintech’s circle of institutional investors, Danske Bank takes a seat at the board of a leading industry-neutral Digital Transformation Platform alongside BNP Paribas and Citi to support the bank’s Forward ’28 strategy from a digital frontier. A move signalling that shared collaboration is the way ahead for financial services as global banking enters a new era of collective innovation.

Danske Bank A/S has become the third institutional investor in United Fintech Group Limited securing the Nordic bank a rotating board seat in the rapidly growing industry-neutral Digital Transformation Platform:

“Danske Bank is very excited to join United Fintech and sees great opportunities as per both collaboration within the existing ecosystem of fintech companies, but also in being closer to the future fintech investment processes and decisions. The partnership allows Danske Bank to expand its exposure to innovative solutions, ultimately benefiting our customer value proposition,” says Claus Harder, Head of Transaction Banking & LC&I Business Development with Danske Bank.

Digitally supporting the strategy

The investment will enable swift access to exploration of cutting-edge fintechs through United Fintech’s platform. Building on collective efforts along +200 other financial institutions, this will also allow Danske Bank to benefit from new strategic partnerships and scalable ways of diversifying its digital ambitions – and thus support the bank’s Forward ’28 strategy across areas such as corporate banking, capital markets, wealth management and API integrations:

“With a company backbone highly aligned with our Forward ’28 strategy, United Fintech is an investment that provides a digital edge and competitive advantage to support our strategy in terms of both relevance and time-to-market when it comes to future solutions. Furthermore, the investment in United Fintech will generate possibilities to engage directly with fintechs that are subscale; to support their growth while simultaneously helping fuel our own digital transformation and growth strategy,” elaborates Claus Harder.

United Fintech: Broad industry shift underway

The announcement of Danske Bank’s investment comes just months after it was published on February 27 that BNP Paribas and Citi entered as institutional investors in United Fintech.

According to United Fintech’s founder and CEO, Danske Bank’s investment is not only a testimony to the Nordic bank’s commitment to shared collaboration on an industry-neutral platform, but the financial industry as a whole, as the Unithed Fintech confirms it is also in advanced talks with further strategic investors to join its transformative journey, signalling a broad industry shift towards collaborative fintech innovation as global banking enters a new era:

“We are delighted that Danske Bank has decided to invest and join United Fintech’s industry-neutral Digital Transformation Platform. Their innovative and forward-looking approach to digital transformation is a cornerstone in our mission to build a transformative platform. This commitment is instrumental in addressing the industry’s most pressing challenges through collaboration, rather than isolated efforts. By uniting the strengths of Danske Bank and our other banking partners, we are setting the stage for a new era in banking where we move beyond traditional silos to propel the industry into the digital age,” ends Christian Frahm, CEO and founder of United Fintech.

About Danske Bank • For more than 150 years, Danske Bank has helped enable growth and development in society. The bank has developed in tandem with the societies it exits in providing advisory services, expertise and financial solutions that have helped individuals, families, businesses, and organisations to realise their ambitions and potential. The bank helps customers in eight countries, has more than 200.000 small and medium-sized business customers and more than 35 percent of large corporates in the Nordics. With long-term sustainable development an ambition the bank will continue to work every day to be the best possible bank, for the benefit of customers, employees, shareholders and the societies it is part of.

About United Fintech • Founded in 2020, United Fintech is an industry-neutral Digital Transformation Platform where global financial institutions and cutting-edge technology providers come together to unleash their full potential and enable the future of finance. United Fintech remains on the frontier of innovation by acquiring engineering-led fintechs within Capital Markets, Wholesale Banking and Wealth Management under a central umbrella and in just four years, the company has acquired five fintechs and is on track to acquire many more. In 2024, United Fintech received investments from BNP Paribas and Citi.

Contact • For more information, please direct media enquiries to:

Ulrik Scheibye / [email protected] / +45 4514 1400
Nic. Rossen / [email protected] / +45 2072 9972

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Bitget Wallet Lists Ecosystem Token BWB on Native Launchpad, Seeks to Capitalize on Market Momentum

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VICTORIA, Seychelles, May 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bitget Wallet, one of the largest multi-chain wallets, has announced that its official ecosystem token will be listed on its native launchpad from May 23, 18:00 (UTC+8). This move marks a significant milestone in Bitget Wallet’s commitment to revolutionizing the digital asset landscape and providing users with unparalleled opportunities for growth and engagement.

Users who have accumulated at least $200 worth of transactions in the month of May on Bitget Swap, the wallet’s native trading platform, will be eligible for the public round of the launchpad.

“For a project to launch its own token, careful and robust consideration of various factors have to be made,” Alvin Kan, COO of Bitget Wallet comments. “A clear understanding of a project’s unique value proposition on the market, together with a strong community to back it, are paramount requirements that need to be met before a token launch. We are satisfied that these conditions have been adequately met at this point in time, which have led us to this strategic move.”

BWB Tokenomics

Following the recent conclusion of the BWB Points campaign, the BWB token, set to launch on Solana, Ethereum, and Base chains, will be capped at a total supply of 1 billion. 47% of this total supply will be allocated to the community treasury and 10% will go to investors, while 5% will be reserved for the pre-TGE (token generation event) airdrop.

Aside from community governance rights, BWB can also be used to cover gas fees on multiple chains, staking, and will qualify holders for future airdrops from Bitget Wallet. The token will soon make its way to the wallet’s native launchpad.

Bitget Wallet Launchpad: Democratizing DeFi

Distinguishing Bitget Wallet from other wallets by providing new and innovative ways to improve the overall user experience has been a central focus of Bitget Wallet’s development roadmap this year. By introducing a native launchpad, the wallet aims to provide an avenue for users to better discover new and upcoming projects that have been carefully vetted by the Bitget Wallet team. In doing so, not only will users be able to better capitalize on various “low risk, high return” opportunities in the DeFi space, it also empowers retail investors to follow smart money and trends in the industry.

“The democratization of investment opportunities is an important goal that we are working towards, as this allows users to participate in high-quality projects and strengthens the participation and reward mechanism of the entire ecosystem,” Alvin says.

Being one of the first wallets on Web3 to integrate a native launchpad also means that users will be able to participate in leading projects right from the convenience of their Bitget Wallet mobile application. The launch of the platform’s ecosystem token on its very own native launchpad marks a pivotal milestone in Bitget Wallet’s aims to expand its global influence and deepen customer engagement.

About Bitget Wallet

Bitget Wallet is Asia’s largest and a leading global Web3 wallet with over 20 million users worldwide. It offers a comprehensive range of features, including asset management, intelligent market data, swap trading, launchpad, inscribing, NFT, DApp, and token earning center. Currently, it supports more than 100 major blockchains, hundreds of EVM-compatible chains, and over 250,000 cryptocurrencies. Bitget Wallet enhances liquidity by aggregating it across hundreds of top DEXs and cross-chain bridges, facilitating seamless trading on nearly 50 blockchains.

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Dubai World Trade Centre Drives Impact as Economic Output Surges to US$4.98 Billion in 2023, up 40% YoY

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DUBAI, UAE, May 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), a global leader in the events and exhibitions industry, has once again demonstrated its significant impact on Dubai’s economy in 2023, welcoming 2.47 million participants and hosting 301 events, 76 of which, were large-scale events that attracted 1.54 million attendees, with 46% from overseas.

DWTC’s 2023 Economic Impact Assessment (EIA) Report, based on its 76 large-scale events (2000 or more attendees) revealed an impressive surge in the total economic output, reaching US$4.98 billion, marking an incredible 40% YoY increase, with high returns for adjacent industries such as Travel, Accommodation and Retail, connected to the Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) ecosystem.

DWTC’s large-scale events generated a substantial US$2.87 billion Gross Value Added (GVA) to Dubai’s GDP, retaining an impressive 58% of the total economic output locally. International participation soared by 53%, with overseas visitors driving 6.2 times more contribution than domestic counterparts.

Events hosted at DWTC supported 69,281 jobs, generating US$915 million in disposable household income for the city’s residents. The substantial economic impact of these events extends beyond direct revenue generation, fostering socio-economic development and contributing to Dubai’s status as a leading global business hub.

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of DWTC Authority, said: “Aligned with Dubai’s Economic Agenda D33, we continue to spearhead efforts in sector diversification, reinforcing the city’s stature as a leading global business hub. The remarkable accomplishments of 2023, presented in the ‘DWTC Economic Impact Assessment Report’ demonstrate that Dubai’s MICE sector, driven by DWTC, remains a vital pillar of financial resilience and growth underscoring our accelerated strides towards sustainable socio-economic development. The increase in international participation, along with the significant economic impact generated across diverse sectors such as travel, accommodation and retail, highlights the city’s steadfast commitment to propelling business tourism.”

The venue’s formidable events portfolio strategically aligned with Dubai’s economic priorities, showcasing Healthcare, Medical, and Scientific; Information Technology (IT); and Food, Hotel, and Catering as the top contributors. These leading sectors collectively accounted for 59% (US$1.71 billion) of the GVA to Dubai’s economy, and 49% (747,468) of the total large-scale event visitation.

Adjacent sectors, including hotels, air travel, and local transportation experienced a significant boost in economic activity. The direct revenue generated through expenditure was nearly US$2.94 billion.

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Phishing, BEC, and Beyond: Tackling the Top Cyber Threats to UK Banks

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KnowBe4’s new report finds that UK financial institutions face onslaught of cyberattacks at unprecedented rate

LEEDS, England, May 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today released its report on cyber threats faced by the financial sector in the UK. The report examines the escalating rise of cyberattacks on this sector, the tactics deployed by cybercriminals and what financial institutions should do to safeguard themselves and their employees.

The report shows that, in general, the financial sector in the UK is under constant attack and that it is grappling to keep pace with ever-evolving cyber threats. A clear urgency is emerging for financial institutions to adapt their security strategies for dealing with more sophisticated cyberattacks as banking is shifting towards being fully digital.

Some key findings in the report reveal a startling landscape of cyber threats:

  • The frequency of ransomware attacks on the financial sector in the UK doubled in 2023, showcasing an alarming escalation.
  • Phishing and Business Email Compromise (BEC) remain the top threats to organisations, which includes financial institutions.
  • AI-driven deepfake audio impersonations are notably on the rise.
  • For the first time, cyberattacks, and their potential to disrupt essential services, were perceived as an acute risk, more so than geopolitical tensions, inflation, or economic recessions.
  • There was a dramatic 81% surge in cyberattacks against UK financial institutions in the year following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, outpacing the global increase of 61% during the same timeframe.
  • Multiple UK banks are lacking basic online and app protections, including use of outdated and vulnerable web applications, failure to enforce secure passwords, and the absence of alerts for critical account changes.

The report further delves into the prevailing cyber threats in the sector as well as real-life examples. It also provides some practical advice on how financial institutions can protect themselves against cyber threats and cyberattacks.

Addressing the urgency of the situation, Javvad Malik, lead security advocate at KnowBe4 stated, “These findings underscore a stark reality for the UK’s financial sector – they are being attacked at an unprecedented rate. Cyber defences need to adapt with the same speed and intelligence as the threats themselves. In addition to traditional security strategies, fostering a culture of security awareness to mitigate the inherent human risk of any organisation is no longer optional; it is a cornerstone for survival against cybercrime.”

To download a copy of KnowBe4’s report on UK financial institutions, click here.

About KnowBe4
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 65,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. The late Kevin Mitnick, who was an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4’s Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as their last line of defense and trust the KnowBe4 platform to strengthen their security culture and reduce human risk.

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