LONDON Jan 4 Britain's competition watchdog
said it has concerns with MasterCard Inc's acquisition
of payment processing company VocaLink Holdings.
"A number of industry participants have raised concerns with
the transaction," the Competition and Markets Authority said on
The companies are two of three most credible providers of
infrastructure services to the LINK network of automated teller
machines, the CMA said, meaning the merger could reduce LINK's
negotiating power with those providers if they combined.
MasterCard said in July it would buy a 92.4 percent stake
in London-based VocaLink Holdings Ltd for about $920 million.
(Reporting By Lawrence White; Editing by Susan Fenton)