Ant Financial, Alibabas finansenhet, har tagit en minoritetspost i fintechbolaget Klarna för att stärka deras pågående samarbete inom betalningsalternativ online, meddelar Klarna.

Klarna, a  leading global payments and shopping provider, is pleased to announce that Ant Financial Services Group, owner and operator of the world’s leading payments and lifestyle platform Alipay, has taken a minority stake in Klarna, as the two companies deepen their partnership to bring more innovative and convenient financial services to consumers worldwide.

Vårt nuvarande partnerskap där Klarnas betallösningar är tillgängliga på AliExpress kommer nu att expandera till nya marknader globalt. […] Den amerikanska marknaden ses ofta som riktmärket för vad det innebär att vara konkurrenskraftig, men i min värld går den inte ens att jämföra med den kinesiska. Innovationerna där är helt otroliga. Speciellt när det kommer till appar och betalningslösningar. Men för Klarna ser vi större möjligheter på andra marknader, säger Sebastian Siemiatkowski, grundare och vd Klarna, till Reuters.

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This investment in Klarna by Ant Financial, the payment affiliate of Alibaba Group, supports the further development of their strategic cooperation, bringing more of Klarna’s innovative solutions to consumers and merchants within the broader Alibaba ecosystem. It will deepen ongoing collaborations between Klarna and Alipay, which currently enables shoppers at AliExpress, the global retail online marketplace of Alibaba Group, to use Klarna’s popular ‘Pay later’ solution across multiple markets. 

Sebastian Siemiątkowski, CEO at Klarna, says: 

– For too long consumers have had to endure non-intuitive, boring and overly complex services when shopping both online and offline. At the heart of this cooperation between Klarna and Alipay is a shared ambition of innovating truly superior shopping experiences and creating destinations of inspiration for consumers across the world. Alipay, and the wider Alibaba Group, have truly set the global pace on retail innovation and the app economy. We are delighted in this confidence shown in Klarna in defining the future of payments and shopping and are very much looking forward to working together further in the future.