Global Fintech PR Network Launched

The Global Fintech PR Network is the world’s first network of PR agencies specialising in financial technology – or ‘Fintech’.

The new network so far consists of eight independent PR agencies, based on five continents, all sharing the same dedicated focus in delivering high-quality PR, communications and strategic advisory services to clients in the fintech industry around the world.

The network enables member agencies to offer their local clients a global perspective on the fast-moving fintech industry. It is also an efficient platform for collaborative servicing of clients operating across geographies and to help organisations within the fintech space:

  • Gain a truly global perspective across diverse audiences
  • Work with leading agency specialists in each locality

The idea for the network originated in Copenhagen earlier this year with the partners behind Norfico – the first dedicated fintech advisory and PR agency in the Nordics (Kristian T. Sørensen and Michael Juul Rugaard). Their effort to establish the network quickly became a global project once they had identified and reached out to like-minded agencies from other geographies, all of which welcomed the initiative.

From the outset, industry knowledge was key to agency selection, with Michael Juul Rugaard saying “We firmly believe that the key to creating real value for our customers is to specialise and maintain deep industry knowledge. It becomes especially evident in highly sophisticated and complex industries like fintech.”

The founding PR agencies are based in Austin, Copenhagen, London, New York, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, and Tel Aviv, and the network is expected to expand further, both in terms of member agencies and geographical coverage.

List of founding members of The Global Fintech PR Network:

Austin, Texas: Manzer Communications (
Copenhagen: Norfico (
London: MD Consulting (
New York: Vested (
Sao Paulo: Nobiletec (
Singapore: Bowlah PR (
Sydney: Honner (
Tel Aviv: Spicetree Communications (

Dan Simon, CEO of New York-based fintech PR agency Vested, says:

“For agencies in this network, some of the main advantages will be lead sharing and joint servicing of international customers. I see a rapidly growing demand for our services, and I hope that together we can locate more agencies to join the network.”

Paul Cheal, General Manager at the Australian PR agency Honner adds:

“Fintech is becoming progressively mainstream. As a group, we can support our clients’ international aspirations backed by a network of highly specialised agencies in leading markets across the globe.”

Caroline Bowler, the founder of Singapore-based Bowlah PR, says:

“Establishing a global network of agencies within fintech could turn out to be a huge advantage for a large number of our clients. Fintech is born global; our clients need and depend on agencies with an in-depth knowledge of their industry and with a world-spanning network.”  

Please also visit the network’s website at

8 top picks for a great working lunch (or dinner) in Sydney

With Christmas approaching, here are Honner’s top restaurant picks within a stone’s throw from our Spring Street office.

What makes a good venue?  Good food, good acoustics, reliable service and the space to have confidential conversations are key criteria when we pick venues like these:

1. Best quick lunch: Bowery Lane, 1 O’Connell Street ($)

As its NYC-inspired name suggests, Bowery Lane serves up a tried and tested mix of gourmet burgers, sandwiches and interesting salads which are a cut above the usual fare. Good coffee too. Quick and reliable, you can kick off at 12.30 and not be late for your 2pm meeting.

2. Best more serious lunch: Republic Dining, Level 1, The Republic Hotel, cnr Pitt and Bridge Streets ($$)

Don’t be fooled by the dodgy-looking pub downstairs, Republic Dining is a class act favoured by the serious business luncher. With wider set tables or booths offering room to talk, we come here to have a more formal catch up. The food is always top notch, there’s a sommelier on hand and service is briskly professional.

3. Best catch up with your mate: No.1 Bent Street, 1 Bent Street ($$)

A newcomer this year, No.1 Bent Street is the next venture by celebrated Sydney chef and foodie Mike McEarney. Trendy, interesting food that’s working hard – and usually successfully – to be a bit different, this is a fun lunch out. Communal as well as separate tables but quite close together so no journalist chit chat (but you might learn something from your neighbours!).

4. Best working lunch with your accountant: Tapavino, 6-8 Bulletin Place ($$)

Let’s face it, a bit of Spanish red always enhances a catch up with your accountant. Tapavino set up in 2012 as Australia’s first Sherry Bar and continues to flourish as a lively and flexible venue for a shared lunch, dinner or drinks. Good, hearty shared dishes that go beyond the standard Spanish tapas fare, and you can be in and out in a little over an hour.

5. Best summer working dinner: Balcon, 17 Bligh Street ($$)

Spanish wine bar and restaurant Balcon emerged this year as a sister restaurant to Tapavino. Despite some teething problems in the service department, we continue to come back here for lunch and dinner (even better, kick off with pre-drinks at the bar) – due to its warm, lively vibe and interesting shared food. Balcon also offers a lovely outdoor seating area, away from the street front and great for summer nights.

6. Best festive working dinner: Restaurant Hubert, 15 Bligh Street ($$$)

In our view the most exciting restaurant to hit Sydney for a while, Hubert is just a load of fun – great atmosphere, different and exciting food and simply the place to be right now. It’s very hard not to have a good night here. Just ask Terry Durack of the SMH Good Food Guide. Rated 16/20 and voted Best New Restaurant for 2016. Bookings for parties of 6 or more only, otherwise get there early, wait at the bar and get your name onto the table list (early: 5pm)

7. Best celebrity newcomer: Bistro Guillaume, 259 George Street ($$$)

Tucked inside the ground floor foyer of the Suncorp Building (cnr George and Jamison Sts), Bistro Guillaume is the latest venture by celebrated chef Guillaume Brahimi. The setting is suitably calm and luxe with plenty of room to settling in for a long session. The food is ‘inspired by the most popular neighbourhood bistros of Paris’ and features many beautifully presented French classics. The only conundrum is whether to sit with your back to the wall and celebrity spot, or facing into the kitchen where you get to watch the handsome Guillaume and his equally glamorous team do their thing. Best enjoyed with your funding fund manager friends!

8. Best healthy hangover cure: Maxwells Café, 7 Spring Street ($)

After too much festivity at Huberts we head to our local across the road, family-run Maxwells café – for a great coffee and a healthy 3 egg-omelette with choice of 4 fillings: cheese, spinach, mushrooms and tomato. Get that warm tummy feeling without the guilt… Mmmmmmm.

Happy entertaining!

Are we seeing the death of the tie?

There is probably not a more stereotypical image of financial services than a man in a suit and tie. Flick through any newspaper and that’s about all you’ll see.

The neck tie has long been the only fashion item men have had to think about. Sure there are some who manage to pull off the bow tie, a few who make the pocket square seem cool, the odd suspenders thrown in for good measure and only let’s be honest, only Matt Preston can get away with the cravat.

But for many men it is the tie that is the only real chance to make a fashion statement.

Black suit or blue, brown shoes or black, are pretty standard questions. It is the tie – red, navy, polka dots, patterns, stripes, wide or narrow, where men have had the chance to show a bit of their character.

A quick look at the reputable source of Wikipedia shows the neck tie traces its origins back over 400 years but could the humble neck tie be dying a not so slow death in financial services industry?

I know it is a big statement. But stop. Look around. And tell me if it is not true.

Sure there are some places where it is still mandatory – investment bankers, life insurance and the like. But more and more we are seeing the tie lose its relevance.

Last month alone we saw two global CEOs come down under to meet investors and clients and there was no tie in sight. Conferences too are now more business casual than formal with the presenters easily identifiable as the only ones mingling in the crowd wearing a tie. On the street you’re more likely to see men wearing jackets and pants with a gym bag than a tie.

It seems the question today is not so much what tie to wear but rather to tie or not to tie that is the real question.