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Mastercard gets U.S. DoJ green light for Finicity deal

FILE PHOTO: A Mastercard logo is seen on a credit card in this picture illustration August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration

(Reuters) - Mastercard Inc said (here) on Monday the U.S. Department of Justice has allowed it to move forward with its $825 million deal to buy fintech firm Finicity.

The deal was first announced in June by the payment processing company.

Finicity is expected to help Mastercard strengthen its open banking services, which allow customers to determine how and where third parties such as fintechs or other banks can access information to initiate payments on their behalf or provide money management services.

Finicity has partnered with major financial institutions in the past including Wells Fargo & Co, Fidelity Investments, Capital One Financial Corp and JPMorgan Chase.

Mastercard said in June the deal was expected to close by the end of the year.

Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli

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