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U.S. Department of Justice Green Lights Mastercard’s Purchase of Finicity

U.S. Department of Justice Green Lights Mastercard’s Purchase of Finicity

It’s been a tough few weeks for Big Fintech. The Chinese government is dropping the hammer on Ant Group’s IPO. The U.S. Department of Justice is turning up its nose at Visa’s Plaid acquisition.

But, meanwhile over at Mastercard, it is quite the sunny Monday, indeed.

Why? Because the same DOJ that is giving Visa a hard time has granted rival Mastercard the all-clear to pursue its big acquisition: a $825 million deal for real-time financial data and analytics provider Finicity.

“We are pleased to have reached this milestone,” read a statement from Mastercard Monday morning. “The acquisition of Finicity accelerates our open banking strategy and strengthens our ability to offer consumers and businesses more choice in how they pay and how they simplify their lives and maximize their financial relationships.”

Announced in June, the acquisition was heralded by Mastercard as a way for the company to take advantage of global opportunities around open banking. Calling it a “strategically important space,” Mastercard President Michael Mieback said in June that Finicity shared Mastercard’s “commitment to consumer-centric data practices, ensuring consumers have a say in how and where their information should be used.”

Powering solutions from Experian Boost Quicken’s Rocket Mortgage, Finicity offers financial data APIs, credit decisioning technology and financial wellness tools to financial institutions and fintechs. Founded in 2000 and a Finovate alum since 2014, the company won API World’s Finance API of the Year award in 2016 for its TxPush-compliant real-time aggregation service, a technology Finicity unveiled at our developers conference, FinDEVr New York, that year.

In the months since the acquisition was announced, Finicity has continued to innovate and partner with banks and other FIs to help them make better use of their data. Earlier this month, Finicity finalized a data access agreement with BMO Harris Bank. Back in September, in addition to announcing the direct data agreement it forged with Charles Schwab, Finicity launched its next-generation credit decisioning solution, Finicity Lend. The new offering provides banks, lenders, and fintechs with an integrated set of open banking data services that enable borrowers to directly permission data and insights into lending decisioning processes.

“Big news!” Finicity tweeted later this morning. “This DOJ approval brings Finicity one step closer to joining the Mastercard family. It would be an understatement to say we’re excited to become part of Mastercard’s mission to improve financial health and inclusion around the globe.”