In today’s top payments news around the world, FreshBooks said it has acquired the Mexico-based eInvoicing firm Facturama, while Virgin Money said it landed the equivalent of $44.7 million from the U.K.’s Capability Innovation Fund. Plus, TikTok’s owner has asked that a federal judge temporarily put a stop to the Trump administration’s ban on the video-sharing app.
FreshBooks said it has bought Facturama, which helps upstarts, self-employed people and small companies have a better grasp on their finances through eInvoice supervision, reporting and “other organizational services.” Mexico has more than four million registered small firms and millions of microbusinesses. Nearly 25 percent of the workforce in the nation is self-employed.
Virgin Money said it has notched the equivalent of $44.7 million from Britain’s Capability Innovation Fund, which was made as part of the Alternative Remedies Package that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) funded as a condition of getting a government bailout following the worldwide financial crisis. The firm indicated that the money will assist in rolling out Virgin Money Business, which is set for a debut next year.
The owner of TikTok has requested that a federal judge temporarily put a stop to the Trump administration’s prohibition on the video-sharing program. The deadline for TikTok to get its sale approved is coming up this weekend. If that doesn’t occur, it will encounter a de facto ban that President Donald Trump put into place on Aug. 6 through executive order.
Antitrust watchdogs in the EU want additional time to finish their probe into Google’s potential $2.1 billion purchase of California-based Fitbit Inc. The European Commission reportedly lengthened the deadline to Dec. 23. In August, the commission rolled out a full-scale antitrust review into the arrangement.