Moniepoint cleared to acquire Kenyan fintech Kopo Kopo

The competition regulator in Kenya has given Moniepoint, the Nigerian fintech that provides business payments and banking platforms, the green light to acquire Kopo Kopo, a Kenyan-based company offering payments services and credit to businesses.

Following the approval by Competition Authority of Kenya (CA), Moniepoint (formerly TeamApt) will expand its services to Kenya continuing its growth plans across the continent. Moniepoint, one of Nigeria’s largest business payments and banking platforms, is said to be keen on expanding to new markets that have a mature banking or payments infrastructure.

Kopo Kopo enables small merchants to accept mobile money payments from their customers, and Moniepoint is eyeing Kenya’s mature mobile money market which is dominated by Safaricom’s M-Pesa service.

“The Competition Authority of Kenya has approved the proposed acquisition of 100% shares in Kopo Kopo Inc. by Moniepoint Inc. unconditionally…This approval has been granted based on the two key considerations during the merger analysis that; first, the transaction is unlikely to negatively impact competition in the market for digital credit; and second, the transaction will not elicit negative public interest concerns,” said CA in a statement.

Kopo Kopo was founded by in 2010 by Ben Lyon and Dylan Higgins, and has so far raised $5.4 million backed by Accion Venture Lab, Havelin Venture Partners, First Light Venures, and Khosla Impact, according to Crunchbase.

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