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Posted on : Saturday 7th March 2020 05:08 PM

PayPal To Enter China Payments Through Local Acquisition

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U.S. digital money transfer platform PayPal Holdings Inc has gained Beijing's acceptance to acquire a controlling stake in a domestic payments firm, which would make PayPal the first foreign firm to enter China's payment services market.

Gopay Information Technology, PayPal's acquisition target, has received permission from China's central bank to sell a 70% stake to PayPal, both companies said on Monday.

Gopay has licenses for mobile, online and cross-border yuan payment services, the Chinese company said in its statement. PayPal will make the purchase through a subsidiary in Shanghai. No financial terms were disclosed.

The transaction is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2019 and is subject to customary closing conditions, PayPal said. Early last year, China's central bank announced that it was opening the country's domestic market to foreign third-party electronic payment firms, a move designated to promote competition in the retail payments industry.


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