PayPal to Buy Japanese Unicorn Paidy

PayPal, the U.S. fintech company, announced an acquisition of our portfolio company Paidy, a Japanese buy now, pay later (BNPL) service platform, for $2.7 billion to enhance its business in Japan

Japan is the third largest e-commerce market in the world, and so this is a significant move by PayPal to gain more market share both in the country and the region, specifically in the area of providing deferred payment services as an alternative to credit cards.

After the acquisition, the Japan-based company will continue to operate its existing business and maintain the brand while the leaders, Paidy’s president and CEO Riku Sugie and founder and executive chairman Russell Cummer, keep their positions.

“There is no better home for Paidy to continue to grow and innovate than PayPal, which has been removing friction from online shopping for more than 20 years,” said Russell Cummer, founder and executive chairman of Paidy.