Merchant acquirers are required to respond to mobile's impact in an almost infinite number of ways, and in many cases deem acquisition the best and fastest play to diversify beyond payments.

The Isle of Man-based Optimal Payments, which trades publically on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market, on March 23 announced plans to buy the Skrill Group for about $1.2 billion from its shareholders, which include CVC Funds and other investors.

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