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WorldPay
WorldPay (formerly RBS WorldPay) is a payment processing company. It provides payment services for mail order and internet retailers, as well as point of sale transactions. Customers are a mix of multinational, multichannel retailers, with the majority being small business merchants in the UK. WorldPay started as an electronic payment provider called Streamline in 1989 but has extended into Mail Order/Telephone Order, "unattended" payments and handling secure payments over the internet through merger and acquisition of several other companies.

WorldPay first provided internet payment services in 1994, making it one of the first providers of such services in the world. In 2009 it was combined with seven leading retail payment solutions brands: Streamline, Streamline International, PaymentTrust, Bibit, RiskGuardian and RBSLynk. WorldPay is the largest merchant acquirer in Europe and one of the largest globally, operating in more than 40 countries, 120 transaction currencies and 14 settlement currencies. In 2007, WorldPay processed 4.4 billion transactions worldwide.

On 3 November 2009 it was announced that RBS WorldPay had to be sold by the RBS Group despite being a profitable business, as this was part of the terms negotiated to join the UK Government's asset protection scheme. The company was said to have had around 40 interested buyers and the sale was planned to be completed by the end of April 2010.[3] On 6 August 2010, Advent International and Bain Capital agreed to acquire WorldPay for £2.025bn including a £200m contingent consideration. The RBS group will retain a 19.99% stake in the newly-independent business.

The sale completed on 1 December 2010. RBS WorldPay was renamed WorldPay as part of the deal.

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