Will CFIUS get in the way of the Gemalto Thales deal?

Gemalto and Thales issued a statement earlier this month about the intended acquisition of Gemalto by Thales in which they confirm “they are making good progress on the preparation for the Offer.” The companies expect to submit this week “a request for review and approval of the offer document in relation to the Offer with the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.” They add that they are currently in the process” to obtain the required regulatory approvals and clearances,” and anticipate they will conclude the deal in “the second half of 2018.” As, so far, most of the business of Thales and Gemalto were in different activity fields, one may suppose competition authorities will fin

From mobile to physical world

While the rest of the world has been evolving slowly from physical cards to mobile apps and to mobile payments, India is going the other way round. PayTM, a major digital payment company in India, is now starting to issue physical payment cards. The cards that are to be issued are RuPay debit cards, compliant with the standard launched by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). Launched in 2010, PayTM now has 250 million users. The company, which started with online mobile recharge and bill payments, is now a major marketplace in India. PayTM not only allows to pay all types of utilities from mobile phones, but also to buy gold, pay tuition fees, insurance, toll roads, public transpo

Home, smart home!

The CES that happened last week in Las Vegas was more than ever the empire of the Internet of Things. After years having been the dream of industry technologists, the IoT concept starts to reach consumer markets, thanks to a combination of well-known names such as Samsung, Google, LG, Apple, Panasonic, Microsoft, Huawei, Amazon, Philips and Haier, and many creative startups. At the crossroads of connected health and smart home market segments, the senior economy market is of interest thanks to our human values and an anticipation of a huge development. For instance, Domalys specializes in a smart lamp that is designed to help the elderly, by detecting the user’s movements and acting as an em

New markets, new opportunities in 2018

The beginning of the year is always marked by a combination of events: we all celebrate the New Year, many analysts’ attention is focused on the CES that will happen next week, and analysts publish their predictions for the coming year. In 2018, the secure transactions industry will have to digest its 2017 restructuring. Idemia and Gemalto staff will be busy in defending their position and their careers and less present on the markets. This will create an opportunity for all other players in the industry, that can be more reactive and more aggressive on markets. The telecoms market will probably keep on being a bit slow due to the gradual switch from the disposable SIM to the eSIM. At the sa

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