The Paypers Global Fintech Mergers and Acquisitions: Q4 2022

The Paypers tackled the M&As from Q4 2022, focusing on the trends in the payments and fintech industry to identify the key elements that draw businesses towards the acquired companies.

Merger and acquisition (M&A) values surpassed the record highs set in 2015 (UDD 3.96 trillion) and 2007 (USD 3.67 trillion), pushing businesses to accelerate their due diligence procedures for the majority of the last two years. However, after the pace of dealmaking slowed down in late 2022, the emphasis is currently on how quickly a deal can produce the expected returns.

Although 2022 was the second-busiest year ever for M&A activity, coming in at 1,270 deals overall, just behind 2021 (1,485), the volume of fintech M&A only managed to reach USD 129.6, the lowest level since 2017.

Fintech M&A activity began to decline significantly in the second quarter of 2022. Global investments were falling 33% from quarter to quarter, to their lowest levels since 2020. Moreover, there was a significant drop in deal volume as well.

The fintech sector, like the rest of the M&A industry, has been…

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