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Worldpay Goes Australasia

The news that payment processing giant Worldpay is expanding to Australasia comes just days after the U.K.-based company announced its pending sale to FIS.

Worldpay is making two major moves in the Australasia region. First, it opened two sales offices in Australia, enhancing the company’s market presence. Second, Worldpay launched into the New Zealand market, after having received its local license, enabling in-country payment processing.

With the new Australia locations, Melbourne and Sydney, Worldpay is ultimately aiming to gain more clients. The company already boasts clients such as VGW, Skiddoo, Lonely Planet, and Webjet. And there’s plenty of room for growth in the region– Australia’s eCommerce sector is expected to grow almost 37% in the next three years.

Having a card processing license in New Zealand will allow Worldpay to process New Zealand-based merchants’ payments domestically. Worldpay’s Global reach will create a more seamless way for those New Zealand-based companies to trade with the rest of the world economy.

“By building a team of payments experts located in Australia, alongside the addition of a domestic card payment acquiring capability in New Zealand, Worldpay can offer a service that goes beyond the transactional. Our investment and addition of this new license will enable us to further provide unparalleled access to global markets to help eCommerce businesses deliver on their international growth ambitions,” said Worldpay’s Phil Pomford, General Manager of Global Enterprise eCommerce in APAC.

Founded in 1971, Worldpay most recently participated in FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016, where the company discussed what customers are looking for in the payment journey. Earlier this month, the company agreed to be acquired by FIS for $34 billion. The deal is expected to close at the end of this year.