Uala gets final approval for Wilobank acquisition

Friday 10 June 2022 13:22 CET | News

Argentina’s central bank has approved digital banking startup Uala’s acquisition of Wilobank, the final hurdle to a deal that grants the unicorn greater scope in its quest to expand its financial services in Latin America.

The deal, which was struck in 2021, will give Wilobank owner a stake in Uala, an application that offers an accessible payment system for people without a fixed income or who are outside the formal banking system.

The deal will allow Uala to carry out operations only permitted in the country to banking entities, such as the payment of salaries and pensions.

Uala, which is valued at USD 2.45 billion and has more than five million clients across Latin America, recently invested USD 80 million in its operations in Colombia, after acquiring the Mexican bank ABC Capital in a 2021 deal that has yet to be approved by local regulators.

Uala, which recently closed an investment round for USD 350 million, has previously drawn funding from tech giant Tencent and SoftBank, a technology investment giant. 

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Keywords: fintech, acquisition, banks, digital banking, startup
Categories: Banking & Fintech
Companies: Uala
Countries: Argentina
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