CurrencyFair

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CurrencyFair
CurrencyFair Logo.png
HeadquartersDublin, Ireland
No. of locationsDublin, Ireland : Newcastle, Australia
Area servedAustralia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand.
ChairmanRichard Rose
CEOPaul Byrne
ServicesFinancial Services
Employees50+ (Nov 2017)
Websitecurrencyfair.com
Launched2009; 9 years ago (2009)
Current statusGrowing

CurrencyFair is an online peer-to-peer currency exchange marketplace. CurrencyFair is headquartered in Ireland also with employees in UK, Australia, Greece and Poland. The company also has an office in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. CurrencyFair provides international transfers in 18 global currencies. [1]

CurrencyFair is a marketplace where money is never exchanged across borders rather it stays in the country of origin thereby avoiding bank conversion fees. Customers have one currency but need funds in another. They are "matched" with someone with a corresponding need - someone who has that currency but needs the other.[2]

With CurrencyFair customers can match with someone straight away using an Auto-Transaction or set a desired rate in a currency and wait to partially or fully match with someone in the Exchange Queue who is going in the opposite currency direction.[3]

In an interview with Irish Tech News, co-founder Brett Meyers says, "CurrencyFair is a peer to peer currency transfer service that empowers people to send money from their domestic bank account to their own, or a third party’s, foreign bank account up to 90% cheaper than they can using a bank or broker”.[4]

In an August 2018 interview with the Independent.ie, CEO Paul Byrne says "Asia is where we think most growth will come from over time and we want to be part of that story".[5]

History[edit]

CurrencyFair was established in April 2009 by co-founders Brett Meyers,[6][7] Jonathan Potter, Sean Barrett and David Christian.

The website went live in May 2010.[8]

In early 2014 CurrencyFair became the first platform in the world to break the $1 billion (€916 million) barrier in money-matching transfers and in April 2017 CurrencyFair revamped their platform to enable SMEs to use the service.[9]

CurrencyFair announced at the Web Summit in Lisbon in 2016 that it had raised €8million in funding.[10]

As of August 2017, the company announced it had traded over €5 billion.[11]

The CurrencyFair Mobile App was launched in September 2015.[12]

In July 2018, the company announced it had traded over €7 billion.[13]

In August 2018, the company announced a €20 million investment plan into the Asian market and the acquisition of Hong Kong-based Convoy Payments.[14]

Awards[edit]

In November 2012, CurrencyFair was one of four companies to be named Best of Show at the inaugural FinovateAsia conference in Singapore.[15]

In 2013, CurrencyFair won the IIA Dot IE Net Visionary Awards for Most Insightful and Intriguing Internet Innovation.[16]

In October 2017, CurrencyFair was listed in the Top 20 Fintech Companies in Ireland by Irish Tech News.[17]

In November 2017, CurrencyFair was listed in a list of the "Fintech Startups in Europe to watch in 2018".[18]

In January 2018, CurrencyFair was listed in the Silicon Republic's list of the Top 100 Startups to watch in 2018 [19]

In May 2018, of the 28 international money transfer providers licensed to operate in Australia, CurrencyFair was one of the three providers that made the Mozo.com.au 2018 Mozo Experts Choice Awards winners list.[20]

In November 2018, CurrencyFair COO/CFO Ruth Fletcher won the CFO of the Year award at the Women in Finance Awards 2018.[21]

In November 2018, CurrencyFair COO/CFO Ruth Fletcher won a Fintech award at the Women in Tech Awards 2018.[22]

Media[edit]

In December 2013, Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially launched CurrencyFair's new website[23] and announced the creation of 30 new jobs in 2014.

Sébastien Chabal featured in CurrencyFair's first TV campaign in January 2014, as the "CurrencyFairy".[24]

In January 2017, Brett Meyers appeared on BBC News to discuss peer-to-peer exchange and Brexit.[25]

In June 2018, CurrencyFair was mentioned in the Money Section of a Sunday Times Article on how Apps can help you track your spending and save money.[26]

In August 2018, CurrencyFair appeared in an article in The Times London announcing their acquisition of a Hong Kong payments firm [27]

In August 2018, CurrencyFair appeared in an article on Fora.ie about their acquisition of a Hong Kong payments firm [28]

In August 2018, CurrencyFair appeared in an article in Business and Finance [29]

On August 13, 2018, CEO Paul Byrne spoke on the Newstalk Business Breakfast show about their recent €20m funding and acquisition [30]

In September 2, 2018, CurrencyFair appeared in an article in the Sunday Business Post [31]

On September 17, 2018, CurrencyFair appeared in an article on the FX Week website [32]

Podcast[edit]

CurrencyFair sponsors the Jarlath Regan podcast "An Irishman Abroad" [33]

On Feb 21st 2018, CurrencyFair hosted a live Six Nations podcast special with Jarlath Regan in their offices featuring Bernard Jackman and Johne Murphy.[34]

Brand Ambassador[edit]

In January 2018, former Irish rugby player and Head Coach of Dragons Rugby Bernard Jackman was announced as the new CurrencyFair Brand Ambassador.[35]

Membership[edit]

CurrencyFair is also a corporate member of the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce [36]

Regulation[edit]

CurrencyFair Limited, incorporated in Ireland (No. 469391) is fully regulated as an Authorised Payment Institution by the Central Bank of Ireland (No.C57373) under the European Communities (Payment Services) Regulations 2009. CurrencyFair Australia Pty Ltd (ABN 94 147 506 410) is regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, AFSL No. 402709.[37][38]

Alternative providers[edit]

References[edit]

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