Airwallex Receives Regulatory Approval and Completes Acquisition of UniCard
HONG KONG, 4 March 2021 – Airwallex, a global fintech platform, today announced it has completed the acquisition of UniCard Solution Limited (“UniCard”), after having received consent from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”) to become a shareholder controller of UniCard on 23 February 2021.
UniCard is a Hong Kong incorporated business and Stored Value Facilities (“SVF”) licensee under the Payment Systems and Stored Value Facilities Ordinance. Airwallex will continue to support UniCard’s prepaid card product, while also providing Hong Kong businesses with access to new and innovative payment and collection solutions. Airwallex, through its wholly owned subsidiary UniCard, aims to launch various card payment products that will support multi-currency, cross-border transactions in a safe, convenient, compliant and cost-effective way in the coming year.
“This is an exciting development for the Hong Kong market and Airwallex customers, and we are pleased to have received HKMA’s consent to be a shareholder controller of UniCard,” says Jack Zhang, Co-Founder and CEO of Airwallex. “Today’s announcement signals our commitment to provide all businesses, large or small, with modern payment technology. Now more than ever, businesses need tools that can support their changing needs for faster and more effective solutions to manage cross-border expenses, global payments and other transaction needs. With the acquisition of UniCard, we hope to continue to innovate and empower businesses in Hong Kong and across Asia to grow without borders.”
Headquartered in Hong Kong, Airwallex is offering a global financial cloud to empower businesses to grow without borders, providing a one-stop shop for payments, collections, FX, cards and other value-add solutions for SMEs, and an API for larger businesses requiring customisation.
To meet the growing and evolving needs of its customers, Airwallex has continued to expand its products and offerings, and in the past year, in markets outside Hong Kong, introduced a popular virtual multi-currency debit card with Visa, a bank feed integration with Xero, a rewards program, and payment acceptance capabilities. Airwallex has also been actively recruiting to drive its ambitious international expansion goals. In 2020, Airwallex was named on Forbes’ Cloud 100 List, and was more recently named Startup of the Year for 2020 at the SCMP/DHL Hong Kong Business Awards.
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