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Paytech M&A trends

Recent years have seen new market participants enter the fintech space, often in response to changing customer behaviour and regulatory initiatives encouraging fintech experimentation. 

Developments in the payment space have also been driven by technological advances, which have enabled payments using mobile apps, increased security for consumers, and various back-office innovations to make it easier for businesses to make and manage payments.

The pandemic has of course accelerated the transition to a cash-light, e-commerce-heavy society. As the graphs below show, deal volumes in the payments sector were robust in 2020, with the first half of 2021 maintaining the pace.


2020 and the beginning of 2021 was disruptive and chaotic. While it delayed or even changed the growth and financing plans of some companies, it also created great opportunities for new combinations that led to high deal volumes.

Janina Heinz
Counsel, Regulatory

In this report, we examine the payment trends we believe will drive M&A in the short to medium term, and share our insights on some of the latest regulatory, merger control and foreign direct investment developments.