U.S. fintech giant PayPal has completed a stake acquisition deal that makes it the first foreign company to offer digital payment services in China, as Beijing vows to open up its domestic financial market to foreign investors, according to CX Tech.
PayPal acquired a 30% stake in Gopay, a Chinese provider of electronic payment services, a little more than a year after its purchase of 70% of Gopay (On September 30, 2019, the state-owned People’s Bank of China approved PayPal’s acquisition of the majority stake of GoPay), making it the sole owner, the state-owned newspaper Economic Information Daily reported on Tuesday.
Taking full control of an indigenous firm achieves PayPal’s ambition of competing in a market dominated by Alibaba’s Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat Pay just as the government tightens oversight of internet finance and promises to tackle monopolistic practices.
In August last year, PayPal named Chinese fintech executive Hannah Qiu as senior vice president and chief of the China region, responsible for formulating PayPal’s long-term growth strategy in the world’s second-largest economy.
The appointment came seven months after PayPal partnered with China’s state-owned bank card issuer UnionPay in a deal that would give some UnionPay cardholders access to PayPal’s network.
„Tendinţele pe care le-am remarcat înainte de începerea pandemiei s-au accelerat pe perioada stării de urgenţă. Am văzut acest lucru ca o oportunitate, un tipping point pentru bancă. Post-pandemie nu avem cum sa ne întoarcem la comportamentul financiar pe care îl aveam până în februarie a.c. Relaţia românilor cu online-ul s-a schimbat. In plus, cardul fizic se va dematerializa. Vom asista la o scădere a cererii pentru cardurile fizice, respectiv la o creştere a preferinţei pentru componenta digitală a acestora.”