BUX raises $80 million in funding to further accelerate its roll-out across Europe
Europe’s fastest growing neo-broker BUX announces an $80 million (€67 million) funding round led by Prosus Ventures and Tencent.
The investment accelerates BUX’s vision to become the leading destination for Europeans who want to do more with their money.
CEO and founder Nick Bortot hands over the reins to COO Yorick Naeff.
Amsterdam, April 22nd, 2021 - BUX announced that it has raised $80 million from a group of top-tier investors backing its mission to become the leading neo-broker in Europe.
The funding round was led by Prosus Ventures and Tencent, with participation from additional new investors ABN Amro Ventures, Citius, Optiver, and Endeit Capital. Existing investors HV Capital and Velocity Capital Fintech Ventures also participated in the round, showing their commitment to accelerate BUX’s strong, continued growth.
Europe’s fastest-growing neo-broker BUX, which recently welcomed its 500,000th customer, will use this investment as additional impetus to expand its commission-free investment app BUX Zero.
“Younger generations in Europe now realise that investing is one of the few viable ways left to create a stable financial future. With this new funding round, BUX will continue to spearhead innovation by implementing advanced features to further shape the future of how Europeans invest. We are extremely grateful to have top tier investors like Prosus Ventures and Tencent onboard to support us in our mission”, said Yorick Naeff, BUX’s new CEO.
“Traditional financial market investing comes with a lot of friction and we firmly believe in the democratization of access to financial services for the next generation of investors. The existing solutions are expensive, complex and not designed for younger generations,” said Sandeep Bakshi, Head of Europe Investments for Prosus Ventures. He added, “BUX has built the next generation of investing services that are low cost, convenient and intuitive for even the newest investor, while covering the full spectrum of investment options, including cryptocurrencies. They have already experienced impressive growth and are the best-positioned neo-broker to scale across Europe and beyond.”
“We are excited about backing BUX as they are the leading neo-broker in Europe and have been able to build a platform that is sustainable and scalable. BUX is the only neo-broker in Europe that offers zero commission investing without being dependent on kickbacks or payments for order flow. This ensures that its interests are fully aligned with its customers. We will support BUX in its journey of pursuing consistent growth for the years to come”, said Alex Leung, Assistant GM at Tencent, Strategic Development.
Royal Park Partners acted as exclusive financial advisor to BUX and its shareholders throughout the transaction.
Demand for BUX Zero skyrockets
In the past three months alone, BUX Zero has more than doubled its assets under management. In addition, the number of active users grew six-fold throughout the year. With interest rates at all-time lows and struggling pension systems, there is a fast-growing appetite to start investing especially amongst the younger generations.
Having successfully launched BUX Zero in Germany, France, Austria and Belgium in the past year, Europe’s fastest growing neo-broker will continue its international expansion throughout 2021, solidifying its leadership position.
Yorick Naeff appointed as CEO to take BUX to the next level
In parallel with the funding round, founder and CEO Nick Bortot will hand over the helm of the company to its current COO Yorick Naeff. Nick will remain involved with BUX as a member of the non-executive board.