Allianz backs Canadian fintech Purpose Financial

Allianz X , the digital investment unit of Allianz , has acquired a stake in Toronto-based Purpose Financial , a company that offers a digital asset management platform for private clients, independent financial advisors, and SME lending.

Allianz X invested in newly issued shares for the equivalent of 34.5 million euros, making it the second-largest external shareholder. Allianz X will also have a seat on Purpose Financial’s Board of Directors. The transaction is subject to the approval of the regulatory authorities.

Founded in 2012, Purpose Financial (a team of  ~17) has three lines of business: Purpose Investments, a digital asset management service for private clients and institutions, currently with approximately 10 billion Canadian dollars in assets under management; Purpose Advisor Solutions, a technology and service platform for independent financial advisors, currently servicing approximately 2 billion Canadian dollars in assets; and Thinking Capital, a digital lending and fintech platform for SME companies, which has originated over 1 billion Canadian dollars in loans in collaboration with major banks and other partners.

“Purpose Financial is a disruptor in the Canadian financial services landscape, having established a unique position in its market, particularly with its digital platform for financial advisors. The company is also well positioned for further growth in asset management and SME lending. We see various opportunities to capitalize on joint business opportunities going forward, for example in developing and distributing retirement solutions and investment products.” – Alexander De Kegel, Deal & Project Manager at Allianz X.

“Given the current macroeconomic challenges and the growing importance of providing joint Life Insurance and Asset Management solutions, this partnership is a significant opportunity for Allianz and Purpose Financial to leverage each other’s expertise in financial services and digital technology. Retirement is a strategic growth pillar for Allianz, and we recognize the importance of creating holistic, digitally-enabled solutions for our customers. We see the partnership with Purpose Financial as a step forward in developing the innovative capabilities necessary to tackle the broad set of opportunities and challenges in the retirement sector, both in Canada and around the world.” – Cameron Jovanovic, Global Head of Retirement and Wealth Propositions of Allianz SE.

“We are excited to welcome Allianz X as an investor and partner in our business alongside our existing investors OMERS and TorQuest. Our business has grown exponentially since founding in 2013 and we are still in the early stages of our journey to innovating within the financial services industry. This partnership will provide us with additional resources and expertise to accelerate our growth and continue to drive innovation across the financial services sector on behalf of consumers.” – Som Seif, Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Financial.