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Deal making in the global payments industry has reached record heights, with 2018 the biggest year ever in terms of M&A activity within the sector. In the first six months alone, there were 102 transactions worth a total of $45bn, according to data from Dealogic – surpassing 2017’s full-year figure of $32.9bn.
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M&A activity has been driven by a transformation in how consumers pay for products, including the shift to online and electronic payments; the rise of e-commerce, where complex cross-border payments demands have fuelled the need for providers with a range of capabilities; the need for viable payment solutions catered to unbanked populations; and increased interest in fintech investments from private equity investors.

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Last year, a clutch of significant deals were completed, with a number of key players standing out as particularly active. Industry giant PayPal made four acquisitions in five weeks between May and June, including swooping on Swedish group iZettle in a $2.2bn deal; and French business Worldline made steady progress in snapping up its competitors throughout the year, including a $2.7bn acquisition of Switzerland-based operator SIX Group AG.
2019 is off to a great start in itself, with Fiserv recently announcing the purchase of payments processor First Data in an all-stock deal for $22bn, making it one of the largest ever transactions within the payments sector;

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