Paypal Buys 100% Stake Of Gopay Becoming The First Foreign Company To Have Full Ownership Of A Payment Platform

 

 

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PayPal Holding Inc is now the first foreign company to have full control of its payment platform in China, says Chinese government data. The US-based payment operator is looking at a brighter future in the prosperous online payments market in the country.

PayPal only had a 70% stake in the company in China. Now it has acquired the remaining 30% of the Chinese company GoPay. GoPay was known as Guofubao Information Technology Co previously. As per the shareholder data provided by the National Enterprise Credit Information, Publicity System PayPal acquired the remaining stakes on December 31, 2020.

In the report, the financial data was not revealed. Only a year ago PayPal acquired a 70% stake in GoPay. The amount for which they bought the stakes was never revealed. That acquisition made PayPal the first foreign company that had a license to provide online payment services in China.

PayPal refused to make any comment on the matter.

GoPay is one of the smaller fish in the vast online payment ocean in the Chinese market. By acquiring full control of the company, PayPal now races with other big domestic online payment services such as Tencent Holdings Ltd’s WeChat Pay and Jack Ma’s Ant Group’s Alipay. The online payment market in China has been fully run by domestic operators previously.

This new move by PayPal becomes a significant event after Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and other Internet companies were accused of monopoly and campaigned against by the government.

Hannah Qiu was put in charge of the Chinese business by PayPal last August. She was in charge of formulating a long-term strategy in the online payment market in China. As per PayPal’s website, Hannah Qiu was the Co-General Manager at Ping An Group’s Fintech unit OneConnect.

In their annual report of 2019, PayPal announced that the company was working towards availing cross-border payment solutions for traders and consumers so that the commerce ecosystem of China can be linked with PayPal’s global network. With their recent move, PayPal is now in the race with many other Chinese company-owned online payment services.

China’s very own XTransfer, co-founded by its Chief Executive, Bill Deng, has already been serving as a cross-border money transfer service for the users in the country. The Shanghai-based online payment platform has revealed to Reuters that they plan to become ‘China’s PayPal in cross-border businesses’ in the near future.


      

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