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Visa drops plans to acquire Plaid after DOJ antitrust lawsuit

Wednesday 13 January 2021 09:59 CET | News

Visa and fintech startup Plaid have ditched plans for a USD 5.3 billion merger after a Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit had threatened to block the deal, according to Forbes.

Visa and fintech startup Plaid have ditched plans for a USD 5.3 billion merger after a Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit had threatened to block the deal. 

Visa CEO Al Kelly said in a statement he believes the companies would have prevailed in court, but “protracted and complex litigation will likely take substantial time to fully resolve.”

Antitrust regulators argued Visa’s acquisition of Plaid would eliminate a nascent competitor offering a “lower-cost option for online debit payments” and “deprive American merchants and consumers of this innovative alternative to Visa and increase entry barriers for future innovators.”

Plaid has seen a huge uptick in demand during the pandemic, and while the company was in a good position for a merger a year ago, Plaid decided to stay an independent company in the wake of the lawsuit. “While Plaid and Visa would have been a great combination, we have decided to instead work with Visa as an investor and partner so we can fully focus on building the infrastructure to support fintech,” Plaid CEO Zach Perret said in a statement.

 


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Keywords: Visa, Plaid , fintech, payments, DOJ, antitrust lawsuit
Categories: Banking & Fintech | Online & Mobile Banking
Countries: United States
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