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Visa drops deliberate acquisition of Plaid after DoJ lawsuit

Visa has referred to as off its deal to purchase fintech start-up Plaid for $5.3bn after the US Division of Justice sought to dam the transaction on antitrust grounds.

“We’re assured we’d have prevailed in courtroom as Plaid’s capabilities are complementary to Visa’s, not aggressive,” Al Kelly, chief government of Visa, stated in a press release on Tuesday. 

Nevertheless, the corporate had determined to desert the deal to keep away from “protracted and sophisticated litigation”, he stated.

The DoJ moved to dam the acquisition in early November, saying Plaid was planning to construct a “bank-linked funds community that will compete with Visa” and describing the fintech as “uniquely positioned” to make use of its established connections to “enter the funds market and disrupt Visa’s monopoly”.

The choice is a blow to Visa’s effort so as to add fast-growing fintech companies to its funds enterprise. Plaid supplies so-called “aggregator” software program that permits fintechs and different monetary companies corporations to entry purchasers’ checking account info.

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