Payments

eNett International Signs Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by WEX

eNett International, a leading provider of integrated B2B payment solutions for the travel industry, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by WEX Inc. (NYSE: WEX), a leading financial technology service provider.  The transaction also includes the acquisition of Optal, a shareholder of eNett and the primary issuer of eNett payments. Read more »

Pine Labs announces investment from Mastercard

Pine Labs, one of Asia’s leading merchant commerce platforms, announced an investment by Mastercard that underscores confidence in India’s growing economy. The investment is part of a partnership to continue the rapid growth of convenient electronic payment options for consumers across the region. The collaboration will deliver an extensive range of card and real-time payments-based instalment financing at checkout – in-store and online. Read more »

SoFi Supercharges its Debit and Credit Cards with Mastercard

SoFi, the digital personal finance company, and Mastercard today announced a multifaceted partnership to offer a suite of products and in-person experiences to its nearly one million (and growing) SoFi members. Read more »

MUFG Union Bank Launches Real-Time Payments for Clients on the RTP® Network

MUFG Union Bank N.A. today announced that receipt of real-time payments is available for its corporate, retail, and small business clients via the RTP® network, operated by The Clearing House. The RTP network provides instantaneous receipt of payments, which increases payment certainty and funds availability, with funds immediately available for use. Real-time payments enable MUFG Union Bank clients to improve cash flow, manage working capital,... more Read more »

Europeans spend €4 trillion per year on payment cards

Expenditure on European payment cards has grown by a third since 2014 to reach €3.9 trillion, as cards are used increasingly for everyday purchases Rapidly rising usage spurs card spending RBR’s latest research, Payment Cards Issuing and Acquiring Europe 2020, shows that in 2018 cardholders in the UK, France and Germany spent the most, with the total increasing by 26%, 19% and 22% respectively since 2014. The fourth largest market, Russia, saw... more Read more »

Visa Takes 'Access To Cash' Programme Industry-Wide

Visa is taking its 'access to cash' programme industry-wide, working with partner banks to offer high street retailers in remote and rural locations a fee for processing cashback transactions over the counter. The introduction of the UK-wide programme follows a year-long trial with Lloyds Bank, which offered rewards to retailers in return for providing cashback services. The initiative comes in the wake of a backlash over the creation of 'cash... more Read more »

Top five UK money transfer markets receive more than £10bn

New analysis reveals the top five money transfer markets for UK residents that account for nearly one third of the total sent home New analysis by Paysend, the UK based fintech, reveals that just five markets account for nearly one third of the total money transferred home from the UK. Paysend analysed the latest data from the World Bank. It shows that foreign workers, international students and expats in the UK send money to more than 130... more Read more »

WorldRemit announces global remittance partnership with Alipay

WorldRemit has announced a partnership with Alipay, the world's leading payment and lifestyle platform, enabling consumers to use the WorldRemit app or website for cross-border remittances to the Alipay app, bringing more convenient and inclusive transfer services to users around the world.  “Our vision is to build a mobile-first, international payments service and we’re excited to work with Alipay as a partner,” said Tamer El-Emary, Chief... more Read more »

RS2 Acquires KALICOM Liebers Zahlungssysteme KG

RS2 Group, a global payments processing and technology provider, announced the closing of its acquisition of KALICOM Liebers Zahlungssysteme KG, one of the most successful commercial network operators for electronic, card-based payment systems in Germany.  The acquisition follows the groups announcement to enter the merchant direct acquiring business and represents along with the earlier announced foundation of RS2 Financial Services GmbH. Read more »

Wirecard and UZE Mobility partner to launch innovative services in e-mobility

Wirecard, the global innovation leader for digital financial technology and UZE Mobility, open innovation platform for e-mobility services, have entered into a strategic partnership. Read more »

Bankingblocks Teams up with WL Payments

Bankingblocks, an Amsterdam-based wholesale banking provider for fintech and payment companies, teams up with WL Payments to provide a true omni-channel, universal payment gateway. Read more »

Ingenico Enterprise Retail accelerates smart city and transport revolution with OP2GO expansion

Ingenico Enterprise Retail, part of Ingenico Group, the global leader in seamless payments, today announces it will launch OP2GO, its Open Payment solution, in North America in 2020. This puts Ingenico at the forefront of the smart city and transport revolution, having introduced the solution across Rio de Janeiro, Taiwan, Madrid and Rome in 2019. Read more »

Central Banks Form Group to Explore Digital Currency Creation

Six of the world's central banks have come together to share their knowledge and experiences in assessing the potential cases for central bank digital currency (CBDC) in their home jurisdictions. Read more »

WorldPay and Visa Back African Payments Firm Flutterwave

Flutterwave, a payments startup operating in Africa, is looking to expand across the continent after closing a $35 million funding round and securing partnerships with Visa and WorldPay. With bases in Lagos and San Francisco, Flutterwave is one of several African fintech firms looking to cash in on the continent's drive to electronic payments. The company helps merchants accept payments both online and at the point-of-sale through a host of... more Read more »

Thailand’s SEC Grants License to Crypto Exchange Platform Zipmex

Asian cryptocurrency exchange platform, Zipmex, has gained the license to provide digital assets and exchange services in Thailand, following a 12-month wait.   Headquartered in Singapore, the trading platform currently operates in Indonesia and Australia, standing at a current valuation of $18 million after having raised $5 million to date. The bitcoin trading license follows Zipmex's $3 million pre-Series A funding round just last September,... more Read more »

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